Mr Wong & Upscale Dim Sum

Mr Wong is an interesting restaurant.  It’s gourmet Chinese foods with high-end ingredients.   

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I had brunch here one day because the menu fascinated me.  The ingredients included foie gras and black truffles; it’s definitely a different take on your usual dirty and cheap Chinese dim sum.  I came in skeptical thinking it would be complete garbage but I think it had a lot to do with my hangover.  I needed a cure and having another drink was out of the question.

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The restaurant’s decor

The restaurant has two floors.  The main dining area was on the first floor and the second dining area in the basement.  They threw me in the basement like Milton from Office Space cause I was looking like a hot mess.  I was absolutely blown away from the decor.  The stairs were made of steel.  It reminded me of old vintage Chinese movies.  There were shelves with old China and the black and white paintings with hints of colors.  Very vintage.  It’s the classiest Chinese restaurant I ever dined at next to my local Panda Express.

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Mr. Wong’s Menu

The wait staff all wore ties and white shirts.  The service was well above par with the delivery of the food and drinks being filled.  They asked me whether I wanted everything at once or as it was prepared.  The answer was simple…. as it was prepared!  I was totally blown away that the wait staff didn’t get annoyed with me taking my time on the menu or asking for refills on my water.

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The bar

Now, the food.  I ordered a bunch of things off the menu because I was starving and extremely hungover from the night before.  Everything I had was pretty damn good.  I’m just going to highlight my favorite items.

  1. Prawn toast with foie gras and almonds – The crunch from the Prawn Toast followed by the rich, buttery, and delicate texture of the Foie Gras then the aroma of the almonds.  Simply delicious.   I don’t even know what Foie Gras is but it sounds super pompous.
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    Prawn toast with foie gras and almonds
  2. Pork and prawn shumai – This came out in three and were gone in three seconds.   I went from 0-100 real fast.  The juiciness of the pork and the succulent taste of the prawn is a perfect blend for a food coma.  The hint of ginger to cleanse each bite made me wanting more like a meth fiend at 3 AM when his high is wearing off.
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    Pork and prawn shumai
  3. Poached pork, black truffle and prawn dumpling – I never had truffles before and I don’t even know what it is.  All I saw was “pan fried” and I was sold like a 50″ TV for $300 on Black Friday.  It was tasty but smelled like crap.  I don’t know why it smelled like armpits but the waiter said it was black truffles.
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    Poached pork, black truffle and prawn dumpling

Overall, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical of the  menu and the service.  I’m not accustomed to quality service at a Chinese restaurant and it kind of creeps me out if someone calls me “sir” at a Chinese restaurant.  I’m used to being yelled at by the waiter and me yelling back at them.  However, Mr Wong is definitely a must stop for a modern take on an old tradition.  I highly recommend making reservations off of their website.  If you can’t get reservations, just mentioned my name and make sure you pay for my last tab too.

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  • 7.5/10
    Service - 7.5/10
  • 7.5/10
    Presentation - 7.5/10
  • 8/10
    Flavors - 8/10
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    Decor - 9/10
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    Ambiance - 8.5/10
8.1/10

Summary

Mr Wong serves gourmet Chinese foods with high-end ingredients and amazing decor. The service was well above par with the delivery of the food and drinks being filled. However, Mr Wong is definitely a must stop for a modern take on an old tradition.

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