June 6, 2014

Nice Buns!

You like to think of yourself as something of a dim sum connoisseur. You’ve eaten sui mai served from a trolley in a chatter-filled, stadium-sized room. You’ve done chopstick battle over the last xiao long bao in a birdcage-bedecked nightclub. You’ve compared the Michelin starred dumplings served up in a 5 star hotel with those being chucked out of the kitchen in deepest, darkest Sham Shui Po alleyways. You’ve even gotten to quite enjoy chicken’s feet (ok, make that tolerate…). But, have you ever had dim sum with a twist of ooh la la? How about a fast food char sui bun? Well then, it’s high time you grabbed your chopsticks and skipped along Cat Street to sample the modern dim sum being dished up at Man Mo Café

If you think modern dim sum sounds like it has the potential to be very, very bad, we’re with you. So often “innovative” twists on classics aren’t nearly as clever as they think they are. Take comfort though in Man Mo Café’s serious chef cache. We can assure you that bringing together Robuchon and Din Tai Fung alumni, does not result in clichéd kitschy fusion food but total dim sum genius.

Set amongst the bustle of Cat Street, Man Mo stands out as a beacon of white modernity with a large terrace allowing diners to spill out onto the pavement. The décor is almost Scandanavian in its clean, sleek simplicity – all the better not to detract from the little bites of bliss that await you.

So what should you be ordering? Well, we genuinely couldn’t call a bad dish on the Man Mo menu, but ranking amongst our favourites would be: the Burgerbun (a beefy version of a BBQ Pork Bun that comes with its very own mini, squeezy bottle of special burger sauce), the truffle brie dumplings and the foie gras xiao long bao (the latter were so stand out incredible that we ordered them twice). The tea-based cocktails also deserve a special mention, particularly the mint tea ManMojito, which comes hot or cold so you should really sample both versions just as an experiment…

Finishing up on a sweet note, the desserts continue in the East meets West awesome vein. No one should leave without trying the nutella balls – sesame spheres filled with a burst of molten hazlenutty chocolate.

We defy anyone from a dim sum connoisseur to a dim sum newbie not to love Man Mo Café but in sad news, not a chicken’s foot in sight… (phew!)

Man Mo Café
40 Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street)
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852 2644 5644

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