Quite a few surprises even before we managed to get seated. As they do not accept reservations for dinner should the party not have at least six persons, we were placed in the queue and were told that we would receive a call from one of their staff when it gets to our turn. Sure.
Our turn 2 hours later. 2 hours of unfriendly gestures and condescending tone from one of the frontline waitstaff. Excuse me but I do not freaking care if you are a fine dining restaurant or a fast food joint, or whether we are customers or not, please treat a fellow human being with more courtesy. Goodness, service - big fat red cross in the box.
We were starving so it did not bother us where we were seated. We quickly browsed through the menu and placed our orders.
Crispy Eggplant with Fish-Fragrance Sauce ($19.00) was finished in no time. Either we were really hungry or it was done really well. Must be a combination of both because we could smell it from afar.
The Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts, Dried Chillies and Szechuan Pepper ($25) could have had more spicy kick. And for the price charged, we would be happier with a slightly bigger portion.
The Twice Cooked Green Beans with Pork Mince and XO Sauce ($19) was really fragrant from the chilli and the XO sauce.
One dish we highly recommend is the Red Braised Pork Belly with Apple Salad ($27), which came served in a claypot.
The crunchy and sour taste from the apple gave a delightful contrast in flavour and texture to the melt-in-your-mouth pieces of fat pork belly (which XW and I absolutely loved!).
Thankfully, the waitstaff serving us provided way better service than that woman at the front. He was friendly, helpful and had a good sense of humour. "You must have the dessert and I know, you're gonna ask me which ones. I'm gonna tell you - all of 'em."
Well, although we were tempted to try all, we did not. We shared three between the four of us.
Mr. Wong's Deep Fried Vanilla Ice Cream served with Butterscotch Sauce ($14.00) received positive reviews but we did not enjoy it. Somehow, it did not feel quite right to be eating fried ice cream in a fine dining setting. Or rather, perhaps we have had better for less, we were slightly disappointed at the overpowering sweetness of the butterscotch sauce.
The dessert we enjoyed the most was the Lychee and Ginger Ice and Coconut Sorbet served with Pineapple, Water Chestnuts and Herbal Jelly ($14.00). Refreshing blend of sour and sweet!
The Chocolate Crème, Raspberries, Macadamia Brittle and Crème Cheese Ice Cream ($14.00) looked interesting to us and luckily, we were quite happy with it, too. We were expecting a weird taste from the crème cheese ice cream but weird it was not! More or less licked the bowl clean.
Interesting tip: Brace yourselves for a wall of roast ducks when you head to the washroom.
3 Bridge Lane, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia.
Tel: +61 2 9240 3000
Open daily 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 5:30pm to 10:00pm (Sunday)/11:00pm (Monday to Wednesday)/12:00am (Thursday to Saturday)
*Bookings allowed for lunch and groups of 6 or more for dinner