although there's no shortage of fine dining venues in hong kong, the large contingent of savvy city dwellers and vistors from abroad keep hospitality entrepreneurs on their toes to keep them entertained with tantalizing concepts. a new establishment in central has this discerning demographic transfixed with its sumptuous food and lavish setting. called mott 32, the restaurant occupies a 7,500 sq.ft. [697 sqm.] unit at the standard chartered building on bustling des voeux road. the restaurant concept is inspired by an iconic chinese convenience store which opened in 1892 on mott street and which became the nucleus of new york's chinatown. the establishment features an interior design by joyce wang.
the lauded architect pairs the industrial elements from the big apple with classic chinese elements, resulting in a enticingly hybrid combination that reflects the greater interconnectivity of teast and west. and that's in fact what the city of hong kong is all about, is it not? mott 32 features different seating sections and five private rooms, all oozing perfected authenticity, gorgeous style and a raw edge. the kitchen is headed by chef fung and malcolm wood. while the first earned a michelin star with traditional cantonese cuisine, the latter contributes with a great passion for traditional chinese recipes, and together they serve a menu of cantonese, szechuan and beijing-style, farm-to-table dishes that have been shaped from generation to generation.
the food embraces flavours and ingredients from around the people's republic and the rest of the planet, and delivers these in a more rustic and honest way. this specific philosophy also aims to bring the excitement of cooking into the restaurant, and as a result the kitchen offers a window directly to the wok stations and guests can dine cozily around the duck oven and barbecue kitchen. mott 32's sumptuous dishes are paired with select fine wines from france and california, sake from various regions in japan, and the restaurant's mixologists have created an innovative cocktail menu that's inspired by chinese ingredients. location: standard chartered building, 4-4a des voeux road, basement section [central].