Mott 32 - An impeccable modern take on traditional Chinese fare
As far as restaurants in Hong Kong are concerned, Mott 32 is very easy to find and conveniently situated on Des Voeux Rd, a main thoroughfare in the city's Central district. The grand entrance of this unique subterranean space is located in the lobby of the well-known Standard Chartered building. Upon arrival, diners descend down a mystical mirrored staircase surrounding a statement chandelier that feature filamented globes on hanging chains, slowly introducing the secret lair that awaits below...
This exquisite eatery has been awarded with several prestigious international design accolades for its original interiors by legendary designer, Joyce Wang. The beguiling atmosphere was created by effectively employing contrasting imperial and industrial elements, opulent natural finishes and subdued lighting that emphasise the expansive loft-like space. Thanks to the dark and almost theatrical mood, your senses are instantly elevated in anticipation of a spectacular dining experience.
The food at Mott 32 is nothing short of spectacular. Mainly Cantonese, but also Szechuan and Beijing style cooking, is presided over by their experienced Michelin starred executive chef, Mr. Lee Man Sing. He sources the finest ingredients from local and foreign suppliers, and transform them into trendy interpretations of traditional Chinese favourites, as well as innovative new creations like wok fried Australian lobster with egg white and Yunnan ham.
Mott 32 is famous for their perfectly roasted applewood smoked Peking duck, and this delicacy takes 48 hours to prepare. No wonder you have to pre-order it when making a reservation (that's if it isn't already sold out that day). Another must-have speciality dish is the tender Iberico barbecue pork, twice glazed in honey and cooked in the traditional way (using a top secret recipe of course).
The restaurant also boasts an excellent selection of original dim sum, all of which is prepared daily. My favourite was the perfectly steamed prawn siu mai topped with pork fluff and seaweed. I can also recommend the delectable crispy roasted pork belly - it was definitely one of the best I've ever tasted. For dessert you can choose between several classics like mango soup with sweetened beancurd cream and pomelo or wait a worthy 20 min for a freshly baked flaky egg tart.
I guarantee that a meal at this avant-garde culinary institution will reshape your idea of contemporary Chinese cuisine. Here seductive surroundings, familiar flavours and time-honored heritage fuse together in an unpredictable way, unlocking a world of taste possibilities that reinvigorates the city's ongoing love affair with food. If you had to choose only one restaurant to splurge at in Hong Kong, I suggest you pick Mott 32.
* I dined at the restaurant on my own account
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