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Be­yond the fo­cal point, a glassed-in con­crete tree ( pic­tured right), are an open

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sound­ing dumplings ( below right) – More­ton %D\ EXJ ZLWK ;2 VDXFH DQG OLPH, ZKLFK

I'm ex­pect­ing to trump the pan-fried VFDOORSV ZLWK YHUMXLFH EXWWHU DQG EODFN to­biko (À\LQJ ¿VK URH). 7KH\¶UH JRRG EXW the scal­lops win, tucked in­side an en­ve­lope of dumpling wrap­per, pan-seared to crisp

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sauce with pops of crunch from the to­biko.

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“Asian-fu­sion” or “East-meets-West” that GRPLQDWHG WKH ¶80V GLQLQJ VFHQH.

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gar­lic oil condi­ment that orig­i­nated in Hong .RQJ. :H DUH FOXHOHVV DERXW ZKDW ³SLMX MX VQDSSHU *XLOLQ VW\OH´ PLJKW EH EXW WKHUH¶V ¿VK FRRNHG LQ 7VLQJWDR EHHU LQYROYHG, VR

we de­cide to share it along with crispy pork KRFN RYHU VWLU-IULHG NLP FKL DQG DSSOH. 7KH ¿VK LV VOLJKWO\ RYHUFRRNHG EXW WKHUH¶V SOHQW\ RI ÀDYRXU LQ WKH EHHU VDXFH, ZKLFK LVQ¶W EHHU\ DW DOO DQG KDV D KLQW RI FKLOOL. Sev­eral duck dishes read well – teasalted duck stir-fried with mush­rooms and EODFN YLQHJDU, DQG &KLQHVH URDVWHG GXFN VHUYHG HLWKHU KDOYHG RU ZKROH ZLWK SHDQXWV. $QG WKHQ WKHUH¶V WKH OLQHXS RI VLGHV: EURZQ ULFH DQG EDUOH\, DQG UDGLVK, IHUPHQWHG WKHQ IURVWHG, VWDQG RXW. 7KH ELWWHU-VZHHWQHVV RI

the stir-fried wok greens with oys­ter sauce is also a win­ner, and our next visit will in­clude some hand­made noo­dles with IUDJUDQW EURWK, VWLU-IULHG FUDE ZLWK &KLQHVH FHOHU\ DQG R\VWHU VDXFH, DQG PD\EH FODPV, DOVR ZLWK ;2 DQG EDFRQ. 7KHUH DUH $60 DQG $80 EDQTXHWV DYDLODEOH DQG WKH ZLQH OLVW LV EHWWHU WKDQ H[SHFWHG.

Madame Wu is the cre­ation of the Raw Group, a hos­pi­tal­ity com­pany that owns

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on­line pres­ence gives a quite for­mu­laic LPSUHVVLRQ EXW RQFH \RX¶UH HQVFRQFHG DW D WDEOH WKHUH¶V D TXDOLW\ DQG HFFHQWULFLW\ DERXW WKH IXUQLVKLQJV WKDW OHQG WKH URRP DWPRVSKHUH. 7KH VHUYLFH LV SOHDVDQW DQG HI¿FLHQW, LI D OLWWOH PHFKDQLFDO. :H ZLVK

our wait­ress were Madame Wu, or the SODFH DW OHDVW KDG D EDFN VWRU\ VR LW GLGQ¶W VHHP TXLWH VR SUHVFULEHG.

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