Mr Wong, the contemporary Cantonese restaurant in Merivale's ever expanding empire, has been since August 2012. It has received many rave reviews and awards, including 2 chef hats and Best New Restaurant from the SMH Good Food Guide 2014, yet I still hadn't dined at Mr Wong's. My friend and I happened to talk about this restaurant recently and since we both hadn't been, we decided to check it out on a whim.
I was impressed by the fit out as soon as I set foot into Mr Wong. This is a warehouse space that the Hemmes family splashed out a cool $4 million on. The dining room is huge: 240-seats running over two levels. The dimly lit room felt like you transported to Shanghai in the 1930s.
Unlike other Chinese restaurants in town where you might find rude, abrupt service, expect to find something closer to silver service at Mr Wong. All the waitstaff were friendly, professional and helpful. They're dressed snappily here with aprons, white shirts, ties and tuxedos.
|The open kitchen|
The dim sum was exactly why I was here today. The full dim sum menu is only available during the lunch service. Dim sum platters are available at dinner.
|Abalone, snow crab and white rice bamboo roll ($15 for 2)|
|Unwrapping the bamboo leaf|
We then decided to go into truffle mode and ordered every dumpling on the menu that had the words 'black truffle" in the description. Each dumpling was topped with a dab of black truffle specks and truffle oil. In truth, I wouldn't call having these a "truffle experience" as it tasted more truffle oil than fresh truffle and the flavours of the dumpling masked the truffle flavour. Having said this, the dumplings here were all well-made, freshly steamed/poached, and enjoyable.
|Black truffle and wild mushroom dumpling ($10.80 for 3)|
|Pork xiao lung bao with black truffle ($15 for 3)|
|Poached pork, prawn and black truffle dumpling ($12 for 6)|
|Black truffle fried rice ($34 for small)|
|The truffle fried rice from Dan Hong's Instagram account|
This was definitely the best fried rice I have had for some time. This was Mr Wong's answer to the Italian black truffle risotto, but I have to say the Italian version still wins with its richness and creaminess; these are things that really make truffles sing.
And the small size is massive, easily enough to feed 3 or 4. We may not have finished the rice, but we made sure every trace of truffle was gone before we left Mr Wong.
|Roast duck, char siu, pork belly? Next time!|
Highlight: Abalone, snow crab and white rice bamboo roll
Lowlight: It's pricey so not sure when I will be back next
Overall: Merivale's foray into Cantonese cuisine is a mostly successful one. The dim sum were delicately crafted little morsels, full of flavour and delicious. But it all comes with the Merivale price tag. 7/10 (Great)
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