Hidden in Bridge Lane in Sydney’s CBD is the ever-bustling Mr Wong’s. Having opened 12 months ago, the buzz is only growing louder. And rightly so, Executive Chef Dan Hong and Head chef Eric Koh continue to bring extraordinary culinary skills to make this restaurant unique and inviting. Little wonder they have debuted in the Good Food Guide as Best New Restaurant with two chefs hats!
The Michael McCann fit-out has been dictated by the 1860s warehouse which was gutted to house the multi-level restaurant. The brick walls were simply brushed and left untreated then the space broken up into different areas and filled with colonial influenced furniture, antique tiles, bamboo fans, ancient calligraphy and even the mural of a 1920s Chinese actor has been scrubbed back to give it an aged appearance. So the feel is somehow both retro and yet contemporary with an open kitchen and windows of hanging ducks. The place just feels fun, welcoming and surprisingly relaxed. Friendly waiters usher you to your table and the feast begins.
Scanning the menu, there are so many options. Dim sum? Live seafood? Rice and noodles? Duck? Pork? I have dined a la carte and also in a large group banquet-style, beginning with mixed steamed dim sum. The flavour combinations are sublime and my pick – the sweet and delicate scallop and prawn shumai.
Next up a salad, honey chicken wings and king prawn wontons with soy chilli dressing. Mixed leaf and coriander salad covered thick and deliciously chewy rice noodles dressed with an acidic yet perfectly balanced dressing. The wings were on the sweeter side and the wontons, that Chinese staple, have been revamped here with an amazing salty spicy dressing.
The classics are all there, and well executed: Salt and pepper calamari, steamed fish, wagyu beef with black beans and mixed green vegetables. All dishes pack a punch with flavour and the steamed fish is perfectly cooked and very refreshing among the strong chilli and soy flavours on the table. Almost a palate cleanser.
Mr Wong’s is a fun trip worth taking whoever way you dine.
3 Bridge Street Sydney NSW Australia
+61 2 9240 3000
Lyndey Milan, Australian home cook hero, combines a thirst for life and a sense of fun with a love of good food and sparkling shiraz. A familiar face on television and in print, she been instrumental in changing the way Australians think and feel about food and wine for over thirty years.