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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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The Strand Cafe in Yangon, Myanmar

Lunch at The Strand Cafe

I didn’t go to Myanmar for the cuisine. South east Asia has some of the tastiest food in the world, but Burmese specialties were not on my radar during my visit last month. Since I was staying at The Strand Hotel, I ate most of my meals at The Strand Cafe and found the menu and setting to both be delightful.

The Strand Cafe has a lively colonial vibe and gets busy at lunch when tour groups pop in for what I found to be the tastiest spot to have a bite to eat and get out of the heat of the mid-day sun. The cafe serves both colonial classics (such as curries) and southeast Asian cuisine that manages to be both delicate and satisfying and perfect for the environment.

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#FriFotos View: Dark & Stormy at Latern Rooftop Bar in Singapore

Rainy Day in Singapore Panorama of the Marina Bay Harbourfront

While I’ve had my share of spectacular views and gorgeous Tahitian sunsets in the past few months, I wanted to use this special FriFotos “view” edition to focus on a different travel reality that cares nothing about if you’re paying a luxury price point… and that is rain.

My trip to Singapore in early December was incredibly rainy, which gave the glistening southeast Asian banking city-state an extremely interesting vibe, and made for some spectacular pictures. There is nothing like a tropical downpour to make you want to curl up and give in to the jet lag, and focus on taking a long nap and reviewing the comfort of your hotel’s bed. Instead, I fought the urge and headed to Lantern, the uber-stylish rooftop bar at the exquisite Andre Fu-designed Fullerton Bay Hotel.

A Dark & Stormy at Latern

Even in the rain, you could tell the the rooftop pool at the Fullerton Bay is beyond cool, complete with hot tubs with panoramic views of Singapore’s Central Business District. The hotel is set on the Marina Bay waterfront and has a gorgeous view of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the ArtScience Museum among the most distinctive buildings in the skyline.

Latern is delightful, even in the middle of a tropical storm. The floors were slick with rain and bright orange umbrellas are set outside the elevators to cover you until you get to your table. The music they play is interesting– some really good cuts combined with the worst K-Pop covers of your favorite tunes, which made me very curious to stick around to see what was next on the song rotation. Latern has a great cocktail menu and, to fit with the weather, I ordered a Dark & Stormy (made with dark rum, citrus and ginger beer). When the rain got even heavier after the first round, I decided it was time to try some of the tapas.

As a general rule, I prefer appetizers to entrees and like the pupu platter concept of trying a bunch of small plates. Sometimes when you’re at a seriously cool bar, the food is not that great. Fortunately, that is not the case at Lantern (or really, anywhere in Singapore. You eat well in this city). The satay with peanut sauce was delicious, as one would expect in this part of the world. The signature duck spring rolls with chili dip were delicate and crispy and a nice contrast to the soggy weather. The mini Wagyu burgers were exceptional enough that my husband and I went back for another plate of them later during our stay.

One of the things you need to make peace with as a traveler is that you can’t control the weather. No doubt Lantern is even more spectacular on a sunny day or clear night. I know I’m dying to swim in that pool the next time I’m in the city. But the view was pretty interesting, rainy day quirks and all, and it was a delightful place to spend a few hours on a rainy afternoon in Singapore. It’s worth a visit even if you’re not staying at the hotel.

Poolside on a Rainy Day

The Marina Bay Waterfront on a Rainy evening

Pool Next to Lantern, at evening when the rain had cleared. Pretty nice, huh?

Lantern Bar

Address: Rooftop at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore
Reservations: +65. 6597  5299

Website: http://www.fullertonbayhotel.com/dining-en.html

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