Address: 3 Bridge Street, Sydney NSW
Tel: (02) 9240 3000
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Mr Wong is one of Sydney’s popular Asian restaurants, located conveniently in the Sydney CBD. It is just a little bit posh, but not overly expensive so as to deter the normal Sydney-sider looking for a decent feed at a reasonable price.
MDS, Wallace and I decided to check it out one evening after work. After walking around for about 5 minutes trying to find the place, we eventually came to the entrance.
Mr Wong is a bit of a dark and brooding sort of place, with dim lighting and oriental accents such as china plates hanging on the walls.
It is an interesting mix of a bar/pub and a modern Chinese restaurant.
The downstairs area (where we sat) was more like a bar as the bar covered almost a whole wall along one side of the room. The upstairs was more like a restaurant, although you could see the BBQ ducks hanging in the kitchen from the seating area, adding a more authentic market feel.
As it is pretty popular, the large crowd added to the atmosphere but without the chitter chatter, it would be quite dull.
Service was quite good. All the staff members took time to ask us if we wanted drinks or food, to explain the menu and to take our orders. That is, when they were with us.
When they left and we wanted to get their attention it was a little more difficult, especially with the large group seated behind us, who were taking up most of their attention.
Food didn’t take too long to arrive generally, with the exception of the steamed rice. We were very disappointed that the steamed rice we ordered came out right at the end of our meal, after we had eaten almost all of the other dishes.
We ordered a couple of dishes to share between us, and white rice to eat them with.
First up we ordered Five Spice Pork Belly ($26.00).
The pork belly was so soft and moist and the crackling was so crunchy and crisp. It was a perfect combination with the sweet and sour spiced sauce. We all really enjoyed this pork and I have to say it was right up there with some of the best pork belly I have had, in part due to the delicious dark sauce.
We also ordered the Asparagus, Broccoli and Sugar Snap Peas with garlic and rice wine ($19.00). The veggies were green and cooked just enough to be crunchy but still cooked through. They were coated in a slightly oily rice wine which made them a little slippery.
The Salt & Pepper Lamb Cutlets with fennel and cumin ($32.00 for four) were definitely the star of the show. On recommendation from Wallace who had been to Mr Wong previously, we decided to give it a go, and we were not disappointed.
The crust was crunchy and perfectly seasoned and the lamb was tender and slightly pink on the inside. The presentation was beautiful and as we ordered an extra two cutlets, there was plenty of food for the three of us!
The white rice came out right at the very end and we were almost finished eating by that point. That said, the rice was tasty (I have a thing for steamed rice), and was well presented in a cute bamboo styled container.
Overall, the food was very good. We only ordered a few dishes between us to share but we were all pleased with each dish.
The only issue we had during the night was with service being a bit slow.
I would recommend giving Mr Wong a go if you are looking for a different take on the usual Chinese fare.
I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 5
- Food- 8
- Ambience- 6.5
- Value – 7