A Hong Kong-inspired Vancouver hot spot
Much-anticipated Mott 32, the first sister restaurant to the legendary Hong Kong eatery of the same name, can be found tucked inside the new Trump International Hotel & Tower on Vancouver's luxury Golden Mile.
Named after the address of New York’s first Chinese grocery store — which opened at 32 Mott Street in 1851 — the restaurant has been brought to North America by Maximal Concepts. The luxury dining group owns more than 15 restaurants around the world, mainly in Hong Kong, with Vancouver’s Mott 32 being its first North American venture.
Locally sourced ingredients feature in an upscale take on Cantonese, Szechuan and Beijing cuisine, and are accompanied by a creative cocktail and wine program.
Artfully designed by Hong Kong’s Joyce Wang, the restaurant’s striking interior echoes the original Mott 32 (also designed by Wang), with a rich array of touches that combine the exotic with everyday mementos to stunning effect.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• The dramatic interior was designed by Hong Kong- and London-based designer Joyce Wang, with echoes of the industrial chic of the original Hong Kong restaurant.
• Look out for local twists on Hong Kong favourites — dishes use Pacific Ocean jellyfish caught off the coast of British Columbia and ducks are sourced from the Fraser Valley, just an hour away from Vancouver.
• Trump hotel’s sommelier and wine director Robert Stelmachuk has created an eclectic drinks menu that covers everything from local ciders to Greek wine.
• Creative cocktails come from Mott 32 Hong Kong and include traditional Chinese ingredients such as ginseng roots, goji berries, shiso leaves, jasmine tea and star anise.
• Dim sum is traditionally served in the morning, but Mott 32 offers them in the evening as well, with elevated additions of black truffle and Iberico pork imported from Spain.
What to Know
• Signature dish applewood smoked Peking duck takes 48 hours to prepare so it must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance.
• Get cozy in one of the four private rooms. Two of them are partially open to the main dining room, giving semi-secluded options that can be closed off with a sliding door.
• The 6,318-square-foot restaurant seats 147 guests and features a large open concept kitchen with wok, dim sum and barbecue stations, so the atmosphere has the hustle of Hong Kong.
• In the summer, the 22-seater patio opens for you to enjoy an alfresco experience.
• Mott 32’s upscale Chinese food is served family style, which gives the opportunity to sample many dishes.
• Head chef Kai Chung Lai has worked in Chinese kitchens since the early 1970s. He began his culinary career in Hong Kong, before moving to Vancouver in 1982, bringing a blend of Chinese and Canadian experience.
• Try the Peking duck, which takes two days to prepare in an air-drying fridge and special duck oven. Whole-roasted suckling pigs are also available for pre-order.
• Be quick to get some of the delicious daily special of barbecue pluma Iberico pork with yellow mountain honey.
• Order a basket of hot and sour Iberico pork Shanghainese soup dumplings. Carefully puncture the wrapper to suck out the spicy soup before eating a tasty morsel.
• Elevate your dim sum dining and try shu mai with soft quail egg, Iberico pork and black truffle for an upscale twist on traditional “moneybag”-style dumplings.
• Joyce Wang’s second Mott 32 respectfully nods to the original Hong Kong restaurant, which is situated in a converted bank vault. Vancouver’s Mott 32 also carries an NYC industrial edge, blended with elements of contemporary and historical Hong Kong, from birdcages and murals to a giant abacus in the arrival area.
• Drink to your health at the apothecary-style bar design, which reflects the traditional Chinese medicinal ingredients that can be found in the beverages.
• Each of the four private rooms is decorated with astonishing attention to detail, including personal artifacts from teapots to journals, to tell the story of Hong Kong as a hub for immigrants.
• The Opium Room is one of the most evocative private rooms, with a bed for a seat and lighting fixtures crafted from antique opium pipes.