Nothing beats a glass (more like a shot glass for this one) of yummy cocktail before an indulgent dinner affair.
When the boy is working like #craycray, it’s always nice to squeeze in some time to have a romantic dinner date together (with his work phone being the unwelcome third wheeler). So, we made a last minute call to Mott 32 and booked us a table for deux.
The cocktail of choice was called The Milk Tram. This too-damn-good-and-can-be-gulped-in-one cocktail is a mixture of Belvedere vodka, vanilla syrup, almond milk, matcha tea, egg white and cinnamon. I could honestly drink a gallon of this cocktail – sweet, milky, healty-ish with a subtle alcohol hit a.k.a my kind of #alldayerrday cocktail!
The boy chose a manly (not pictured, whoopsies) Old Harbour (Fashioned) – Hakushu whiskey, Rittenhouse rue, chrysanthemum, goji berry and grapefruit bitters.
We started things off with a selection of dim sum dishes and a starter plate.
Kurobuta pork, soft quail egg and black truffle Siu Mai
Kurobuta pork, crab and caviar Shanghainese soup dumplings
South Australian lobster and Yunnan ham Har Gow
And before proceeding with the mains, we quickly (and I mean Speedy Gonzales quick) devoured this little dish of dry fried squid with sweet chilli and lime zest sauce.
Our selection for mains consisted of black cod, potato, chilli, garlic and spring onion claypot and a plate of sautéed string beans with minced pork. Also not forgetting the must have carb of two portions of steamed rice.
To help us digest our meal, we ordered a couple of strong and fruity cocktails.
A (ginormous) glass of Hanami for him – Buffalo Trace whiskey, Gordon’s gin, Umeshu (Japanese liqueur), yuzu, shiso (a type of mint that has that minty sweetness & freshness but also has a peppery kick to it), ginger beer and chrysanthemum. Don’t be fooled by its angelic and innocent look, it is a cocktail that will knock you right outta your seat!
Far from the deceiving cocktail above, I had a fruity Joe’s Elixer – Gordon’s gin, Chartreuse, black berries, passion fruit, ginseng and shiso (here it is again!). My hands were completely frozen from holding the goblet-like glass, brrrrrrr!!
*Not sure why I was pulling a mischievous face*
Oh yeah! here comes the best dish of the night!
A heavenly plate of crispy prawns, pumpkin and salty egg! Fluffy, light and crispy batter, cooked to perfection prawns and ickle pieces of pumpkin and the perfect level of saltyness from the salty egg yolk that reaches your palette at the end of every mouthful. Fried savoury seafood party in my mouth! This dish can only be described with one word – WOW.
As we swimmingly (Sorry, just had to ‘_’) move on to dessert, I took the time in between to admire the amazing interior of Mott 32.
The restaurant’s interior offers the perfect blend of East meets West by combining the industrial aesthetics of New York with classical Chinese from the imperial times to finish the whole design. With Mott 32 discreetly located at the basement of Standard Chartered building, the designer (Joyce Wang) had to work extra hard to make this restaurant stand out. And she has done just that!!
The boy and I were completely blown away!
Anywayyyyyyyyyy… To finish off our meal, we (I) ordered a plate of red date and lychee jelly with exotic fruit and mango sorbet.
Smooth and fragrant mango sorbet, thin, delicate and subtlely sweet lychee jelly with a refreshing fruit salad (oh, not forgetting the hidden popping candies!) – the right and on point way to end an out of this world dinner date!
Verdict at the end of the night?
One super happy girl!
Mott 32 was the perfect venue for our dinner date. If you have an upcoming date that you need to seriously (and I mean seriously!) impress, or in search of a place to enjoy some grown-up quality time with your significant other (and leave the tiddlywinks at home), or even planning a decadent and luxurious dinner party, then this is place to go! Mott 32 is definitely a place that you need to visit and dine at in Hong Kong!
All my ♥,