Man Wah is one of the most highly regarded Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong. Originally, I wanted to dine there for Valentine’s day 2012 but with Valentine’s day being HUGE in Hong Kong most nice places were all booked instead we went for G and I’s weekly fine dining date. In retrospect, I am glad that that we did not dine there for Valentine’s day. The atmosphere was decidedly unromantic. To me the decor was a 1970’s Chinese restaurant with pink tablecloths and lots of rosewood. Granted the pink table cloth was of very high quality and ironed, decor was of very high quality but that still does not suggest romance to me.
The restaurant was intimate and our table had the best view in the entire restaurant. The bonsai tree was a nice touch. I couldn’t find many pictures of our meal but I will say that the food at Man Wah is excellent. I particularly remember their fried rice with abalone steamed in a lotus leaf shown below. Also Man Wah’s Peking Duck is the best I have had in Hong Kong but it is not on the same level as the ones I have had in Beijing.
Overall: Man Wah serves very high quality Chinese food. The ingredients were all very fresh and tasty. Their service was top-notch with credit given to the maitre d’ who stopped me from over ordering. My main gripe is that I hate the decor, or perhaps I just hate that particular shade of pink. My advice to management would be to go all out and change the tablecloth to hot pink for a more contemporary look. Right now it looks like a high-class Chinese restaurant that is stuck in the 1970’s.
Reservations are a must as the restaurant is small.
Located at: 25/F Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2825-4003