Following on from a string of culinary successes (including Stockton and Fish & Meat to name but two), prolific restaurant group Maximal Concepts has unveiled their latest, an haute Chinese concept in Central. Billed as a paean to the iconic Mott Street in New York’s Chinatown, and more specifically to the very first Chinese convenience store to open there in 1851, Mott 32 is a modern blend of Cantonese, Sichuan and Beijing cuisines, notwithstanding the group’s tenet of farm-to-table produce. Interiors, meanwhile, marry both continents with a sultry industrial Manhattan meets 1920s Shanghai vibe courtesy of bare bulbs, rough concrete walls, traditional Chinese tableware, and plush low-slung seating.
Chef Fung (Dynasty Restaurant) plates up dim sum daily, including dumplings stuffed with black cod and snow pea leaf sprouts, and kurobuta pork with crab and caviar; but come dinnertime, the not-for-the-faint-hearted menu features Chinese delicacies like salt and pepper frogs legs, braised abalone in oyster sauce, and bird’s nest soup with Yunnan ham. To pair, there’s a an extensive choice of teas (osmanthus oolong, white peony, etc), while craft cocktails like the Milk Tram (vodka, vanilla syrup, almond milk, matcha tea, egg whites and cinnamon) offer an inspired twist to the usual. And if you can’t make it for the lunchtime rush, Mott 32 offers a neat selection of dim sum for the city’s slick evening crowd too. Gussy up smart!
B/F / Standard Chartered Bldg / 4-4a Des Voeux Rd C / Central / +852 2885 8688 / mott32.com