Man Wah

One of Hong Kong’s most romantic restaurants, Man Wah in Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is quite simply a spectacular place to sample one of China’s favorite cuisines: Cantonese. The acclaimed elegant Chinese venue is especially renowned for its dim sum, served at lunch time, and the Man Wah Signature Menu at dinner, which pairs each course with either wine or Chinese tea. The culinary team are experienced at cooking for heads of state. They mix authenticity with the freshest ingredients and a modern twist for lunch, dinner and specialty set menus as well as à la carte offerings. This stunning establishment earns bragging rights for top food and décor.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• This is a great place to book a private or special occasion dinner because of its traditional Chinese pavilion with seating for up to 14 guests.

• The service at Man Wah is welcoming and professional. From the start, staffers are accommodating and attentive.

• After being seated, guests are offered an aperitif from the champagne trolley, a nice touch with a hint of nostalgic charm. Black-tuxedo-donning waiters are well versed on the menu’s signature dishes and enthusiastically suggest house specialties or traditional Cantonese fare.

• Signature dishes at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant include Shanghai-style smoked codfish in five spice powder, barbeque pork with honey glaze, and naturally Peking duck.
Things to Know
•  If you come at dinner expecting to dine on dumplings, you’ll find yourself disappointed. Like many traditional restaurants, dim sum is only served during the day. There is a different menu for weekday and weekend dim sum, although both menus are filled with favorites such as barbecue pork buns and siu mai (pork dumplings).

• Specialty cocktails and an extensive wine list are a major plus of the restaurant, but can also cost you a pretty penny, with cocktails upwards of $20USD.

•  Both lunch and dinner offer two options for a set meal. The lunch set comes with six courses while the dinner is served with seven. Both include Chinese petit fours to wrap up the meal.

• Classic noodle dishes are divided tableside, making sharing a cinch.
The Food
• Traditional white plates make for clean canvases to showcase the bright greens of the sautéed kale or the juicy barbeque pork with a honey glaze. 

•  If you haven’t tried a soup dumpling before, be prepared for the steamed buns of gooey goodness to become your newest addiction. The Shanghainese soup dumpling with minced pork are to die for, but served at weekday and weekend dim sum only.

• The Shanghai-style smoked codfish with five spices appetizer is the perfect bite, having a slight crunch on the outside and a melt-in-your-mouth, delicate inside. It’s one of the restaurant’s signature appetizers and a must order.

• The shrimp spring rolls are light yet bursting with the flavor of fresh shrimp and vegetables. The garlic overtones offer just enough kick to the perfectly sized starter dish.

• Fried flat rice noodles are layered with brilliantly prepared tender strips of beef soaked in a rich brown sauce. The dish is hearty but not overpowering and the flavors are wonderfully executed. The rice noodles are thin and chewy and not too soft.

• The chilled mango cream is an excellent finish to a delicious meal. The refreshing cold item offers micro nuggets of fresh mango and the broth is thin and bursting with tropical flavor. 
The Look
• The interior design of Man Wah is like stepping back into a time of rich opulence. Drawing on traditional Cantonese style, which you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere in Hong Kong, this restaurant’s dark wood walls and detailed lattice window frames are paired with painted silk wall hangings and gold ceiling lanterns.

• Offsetting the dark woods are pink tablecloths and a pink- and red-hued rug, giving Man Wah a warm glow throughout.

• Man Wah boasts one of Hong Kong’s best views of Victoria Harbor and the bright city lights. These panoramic views set the restaurant apart. Paired with its luxurious interiors, the setting here is a don’t-miss amenity.
Getting There
5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
Man Wah
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