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Where to Eat in Sydney: Mr. Wong For Dim Sum

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The house special: pork and asparagus wontons

Sydney is one of my favorite cities to visit and I always enjoy checking out the food scene when I’m there. But unlike New York or LA where reservations are essential if you want to dine a hot foodie spot, many of Sydney’s of-the-moment restaurants don’t take reservations at dinner. The last thing I want to do when I’m traveling is wait in a line for over an hour for a meal.

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Solo diners can eat at the counter at Mr. Wong

Fortunately, Jonathan Fambart, the amazing concierge at the Park Hyatt Sydney, pointed out that many of these same restaurants do take reservations for lunch. So my husband and I switched our plans to make lunch the primary meal of the day. Jonathan got us a table at Mr. Wong, the contemporary Chinese restaurant run by the Merivale group.

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Craft cocktails at Mr. Wong focus on Shochu and fresh ingredients

While we had a table reserved, we opted to eat at the bar downstairs because it was slightly quieter. This is not a restaurant for serious conversation, as the brick walls and loft-like space make it rather loud. I started with a Yin martini made with shochu, vodke, Aperol, apricot brandy and fresh peach. It was not overly sweet and not Mad Men-strong, making it a nice choice for lunch.

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Dim sum being prepared in the kitchen at Mr. Wong

Dim sum is only available at lunch, and we ordered a few different things to share. I very much enjoyed the pork and prawn shumai (AUS $12). The duck spring rolls (AUS $12) were also a nice alternative to an entire Peking Duck.

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The oysters at Mr. Wong go for AUS $4 per piece

My husband very much enjoyed his rock oysters served drizzled with a ginger rice wine vinaigrette.

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Duck Spring Rolls at Mr. Wong

There are also a wide variety of roast meats and live seafood on the menu at Mr. Wong, should you be in the mood for mud crab, rock lobster or a whole roast duck.

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The Yin Martini at Mr. Wong

The atmosphere is stylish and the Central Business District location make Mr. Wong a popular spot for business lunches as well as dinners.

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The decor is Cantonese contemporary chic

The standout dish of the meal was the special pork and asparagus wontons (I can’t remember the price). They were exceptional and had the right amount of smokiness and heat. I was expecting the duck to the highlight of the meal but I can’t stop thinking about those wontons!

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The downstairs dining room and bar at Mr. Wong

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Mr. Wong exterior tucked away on Bridge Lane

If you don’t want to wait for a table for dinner, head to Mr. Wong for lunch. The pork & asparagus wontons are not to be missed.

Mr. Wong

Address: 3 Bridge Lane, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone:+61 2 9240 3000

Hours:

LUNCH Mon – Sun 12:00pm – 3:00pm
DINNER Mon – Wed 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Thurs – Sat 5:30pm – 12:00am
Sun 5:30pm – 10:00pm
YUM CHA Sat – Sun 10:30am – 12:00pm

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Where To Eat Peking Duck in Hong Kong

Peking Duck at The China Club

Anyone whose visited Hong Kong knows it’s a city for foodies. I’ve never left feeling like I didn’t have a great meal or five. Of all the dining options Hong Kong has to offer, I look forward to great Peking Duck more than anything else. Here’s my list of best restaurants in Hong Kong for Peking Duck.

The China Club

The China Club is beyond atmospheric and the perfect destination for a memorable night out.  It’s one of my favorite places to visit when I am in town. Located in the old Bank of China building, it has an unbelievable Colonial atmosphere that feels straight out of Wong Kar-wai movie, complete with live music. I’m pretty sure if James Bond were in town for one night, you’d find him at The China Club sipping a martini on the terrace. There is an amazing art collection and the menu features a delicious Peking Duck. The downside– it’s a members club.

Peking Duck at The China Club

You either need to know a member to secure a reservation or have a really good concierge. The concierge at The Upper House hooked me up this time. You can check out my previous posts about The China Club here and some video I shot on a previous visit here.

The China Club

13/F, The Old Bank of China Building

Bank Street, Central, Hong Kong

Island Tang

Owned by Shanghai Tang founder David Tang (who also runs The China Club and Island Tang) and located in a gleaming mall in Central, Island Tang has the best Peking Duck I’ve ever eaten in Hong Kong. The vibe is similar to that at the China Club, although it’s less grand and caters to a business lunch crowd. The Peking Duck is excellent and reservations are easier to score here than at the China Club.

The Peking Duck at Island Tang comes complete with white glove service

Island Tang

Shop 222, The Galleria,

9 Queen’s Road Central,

Hong Kong

T: 2526 8798

email info@islandtang.com

Kowloon Tang

Another member of David Tang’s restaurant empire, Kowloon Tang is located on the Kowloon side, and easy to walk to from the W Hong Kong and Ritz Carlton.  It looks a lot like Island Tang, although it boasts a lovely outdoor dining area for dining al fresco when the weather allows. Note: Traditional Beijing Roast Duck at Kowloon Tang requires 24 hours notice. They are not kidding about this. I’ve left Island Tang duckless & bummed. That is why there is no picture of Kowloon Tang in this post.

Kowloon Tang

Shop R002-003, 3/F Roof Deck,

Elements, Kowloon Station,

1 Austin Road West,

Tsim Sha Tsui

Telephone: +852 2811 9398

info@kowloontang.com

Lovely indoor/outdoor dining area.

Hutong

Hutong is a glamorous, latern-filled Chinese restaurant located on the top of a high rise in Kowloon. With a Michelin star and a menu that focuses on Cantonese specialties, Peking Duck is not a regular item on the Hutong menu. But their Zhang Cha Yaa (Sichuan style smoked duck with tea leaves) is an acceptable alternative. You won’t leave this gorgeous space feeling like you’re missing anything. The Beggar’s Chicken and Dan Dan Noodles are also next level yum.

Hutong

28/F, One Peking Road

Tsim ShaTsui, Kowloon,

Hong Kong, China (Tsim Sha Tsui)

+852 3428 8342

http://www.aqua.com.hk/

If you have any thoughts about where I should eat Peking Duck on my next trip to Hong Kong, please let me know in the comments section.

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