T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - Hong Kong Restaurants -

HK$1200 per per­son

Base­ment, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Cen­tal, Cen­tral, Hong Kong TEL: +852 2885 8688 Since open­ing in 2014, Mott 32 has be­come a main­stay of Hong Kong din­ing, whether for busi­ness, ro­mance, cel­e­bra­tions or sim­ply to en­joy a de­li­cious Chi­nese meal in the sex­i­est bank base­ment in town. The sense of an­tic­i­pa­tion as you de­scend the stairs into the in­dus­trial chic din­ing room, punc­tu­ated by retro Chi­nese mo­tifs, should be as much about the food as the venue.

The Pek­ing duck, which has to be or­dered in ad­vance, is among the city’s best. Gleam­ing shards of skin crackle in the mouth, even when wrapped in translu­cent, chewy pan­cakes. Iberico pork char siu is a touch dry, though still ten­der. A clay­pot of plump king prawns gets a slight kick with the ad­di­tion of black pep­per, and wok-fried kale has lovely smok­i­ness. Desserts, an af­ter­thought at many Chi­nese restau­rants, are re­spectable at Mott 32. The wine list has plenty to pique the in­ter­est of wine lovers, though staff have a ten­dency to steer din­ers to­wards more ex­pen­sive bot­tles. Ser­vice can also be in­con­sis­tent, but these are niggles in an oth­er­wise ter­rific din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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