Mr. Wong, Sydney, Australia: A Flashback to 1800's China

Updated: Oct 17, 2019

In search of a mysterious locale that is hidden in the alleyways of Sydney? Go find Mr. Wong.

Australia's own pippies are served at Mr. Wong's. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

During a recent tear through the land, "Down Under", I was fortunate to have dined at Mr. Wong.

This Chinese restaurant is owned and led by Executive Chef Dan Hong and head dim sum chef Michael Luo who formerly worked at Hakkasan Dubai.

My wife and I bookmarked Mr. Wong while using Yelp so we would be sure to check it out during our 3-day stay in Sydney.

The Emperor Wu cocktail was perfect. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

We decided to eat there for dinner and after checking Google Maps, we saw that it was about 25 minute walk from our hotel, which is a couple blocks away from Surry Hills. The directions led us down Pitt Street, but then we got a little lost when we entered Abercrombie Lane.

There is a narrow alley we walked through, where we could smell the food, but couldn't find the entrance.

We eventually turned a corner and found the discreet entrance on Bridge Lane. At this point, were very intrigued by the search and finally by the semi-hidden location.

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The discreet entrance to Mr. Wong off of Bridge Lane. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

When we entered, were we immediately greeted by a hostess who asked us to give them a few minutes to prepare a table.

Inside, you feel transported back into time to what felt like 1800's China. The decor and ambiance is very detailed with old furniture, pictures and other decorative pieces. To the left was a small bar, where we decided to grab a drink before we were seated. The cocktail menu fit into the nostalgia with the faded paper afixed with a wing nut on a wooden clipboard.

I ended up ordering the "Emperor Wu", which was a very tasty mix of gin, rhubarb bitters, basil, Szechuan pepper, St. Germain elderflower liqueur & fresh lemon juice.

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Mr. Wong cocktail menu. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

After being seated by another staff member (in total I think we were served by at least 5 different people) we were ready to order because we were hungry!

We ordered the steamed dim sum platter (very, very good), crispy Peking pigs ear (a little too sweet and just okay), Pippies (very tasty clams), Mr. Wong's special fried rice (with pork and prawn, yummy), and a double boiled mushroom soup (soothing).

I recommend ordering the dim sum, Pippies and the fried rice.

A great selection of steamed dim sum. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

During the meal I noticed a couple open kitchens, where you can watch the chefs feverishly working. I always enjoy this type of dining experience because it brings life and energy.

One creepy detail was the glass room full of hanging ducks, which you will see when you use the restroom. Oh and speaking of restroom, the 1800's China vibe echoes that detail too.

There are several men and women bathrooms to choose from and each has an authentic feel to their design.

Check out all the ducks! (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

All in all, Mr. Wong was a great memory for us. The walk, the search, the ambiance and the food were all worth the 1800's China vibe we experienced!

Please share your experience at Mr. Wong below.

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