Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Mind blowing contemporary dim sums

As soon as I found about these Western dim sums I had to dine here.
It is located on Upper Lascar Row where they sell antiques.

The restaurant is called Man Mo Cafe because it is near the Man Mo temple which you can spot easily by the brightly lit blue neon lights.

Inside the restaurant it was modern and extremely chic.
On the ceilings there were phoenixes, illustrated in a Western way.

As well as that, their logo is well designed.
It is a Bamboo steamer lid with the logo incorporated in the bamboo weaving patterns.

I loved the ambiance at this place because it was relaxing and you won't find people shouting or those annoying ceramic bowls and cups clinking together.
The best part is that you don't need to rinse anything!

The menu was simplistic serving contemporary dimsums that comes in a choice of twos or threes.

Here was what I ordered.
Kusmi strawberry green tea:

The combination of strawberry and green tea sounded unusual so ordered it.
When it came, the smell of strawberry was so fragrant that the whole restaurant could smell it.
It is different to other strawberry teas because it was not sour and there is green tea taste to it as well.
Ratatouille with tomato sauce:

The Ratatouille dumpling had an Italian flair to it.
It was filled with tomatoes, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers with creamy tomato sauce to complement it.

This was my favourite because it was a combination of European kebabs and Mongolian food.
The pieces of lamb were done to perfection because they more moist and crispy on the edges heavily spiced with cumin.

It was dressed with salad, yoghurt and some feta choose which made it so tasty.
Chicken and mustard dumpling:

The chicken dumpling was slightly disappointing because the mustard sauce was too creamy and it did not have that mustard kick to it.
I was expecting the sauce to taste like English mustard with a kick or American mustard which has a tangy tone to it.
The chicken inside the dumpling was good, it was small chunks of chicken thigh and not minced chicken breast which has more flavour.

I am not really a person for beef burgers but with those two cute bottles of squeezy sauces I decided to have fun and try it.
The buns are the same as those dim sum buns filled with roast pork (chaan baus) but they were filled with minced beef.
Basically you take a bite and add sauce to it using those cute mini squeezy bottles.
The sauce was quite creamy and not as refreshing as I would have liked so I just added salt and pepper to it which was also good.
Truffle and brie dumpling:

The truffle and brie dumpling was amazing! Looking like an ordinary potsticker, it was filled with brie cheese.
It was really tasty with cheese oozing out when you bit it and the amount of cheese inside was just right that it did not feel sickly.
Hk egg lemon tart:
I loved this egg tart because it had a tarty lemon base topped with fluffy gooey meringue, however the base was too delicate and crumbly that I had difficulty holding it because it was going to collapse any second!

Since my review, I think the tart base has improved because on the latest press clipping, the owner was able to hold it in mid air without collapsing.
I love the dim sums here and they come in twos or three so you can indulge them yourself!

Next time I am going to try the soups and look forward to more new creations.
Man Mo Cafe: 40 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan
Price: $4XX
Service: OK
Service charge: 10%
Yummy factor: great
MSG levels: None
Napkins provided: yes
Portion sizes: small
Noise levels: None
Glass of water provided: yes
English Menu: Yes
Air Conditioning: Yes

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