REVIEW

Ming Court

The smaller dining room of Ming Court swirls around an intimate inner nucleus, with concentric circles radiating out from it.  These sections are divided by glass shelves populated with replicas of Ming Dynasty pottery, creating both a feeling of expansiveness and privacy.  There is also a larger banquet hall connected through a glass wine cellar portal.  It is a far more modern design than most of the upscale Cantonese restaurants in the city, with an intricately carved center column, marble and dark wood, sleek lighting and ink landscape paintings.

Our view of the contemporary Cantonese cuisine was ultimately mixed: some dishes reach ecstatic highs, while others fail to truly succeed.  The dragon quartet contains a superb pu-er smoked fish and a bean curd sheet roll filled with peanut butter, a brilliant and surely unique juxtaposition.  The minced shrimp and chicken thigh duet comes with a pan seared and a sautéed version, mixed with black truffle and buttery pumpkin and homemade chicken liver pate and rice crisp, respectively.  The sauce is vaguely Thai-Malaysian, offering an unexpected counterpoint. This dish is similar to one of Ming Court’s signature dishes that is an invariable hit: the pan-fried chicken skin filled with minced chicken and black truffles and accompanied with stir-fried pumpkin.

The cuisine tends to be much more formally and creatively presented than at most other upscale Cantonese restaurants across the city.  Wine is also a more important focus here, and the tasting menu often comes with a complimentary paired glass.  It’s also worth noting that, despite a handful of minor missteps, the service is incredibly friendly and gracious.

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INFORMATION

Kowloon
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
+852 3552-3300
Mon-Sun, 11am-2:30pm, 6pm-10:30pm
    Mango Tsang Chiu Lit, Chef
    Zachary Yu, Sommelier

    TAGS

    • Hong Kong
    • Cantonese
    • Chinese
    • Dim Sum
    • Best Brunch
    • Best Decor
    • Best Wine Lists
    • BYOB Corkage Fee: $500
    • Private Dining Room 5 Private Dining Rooms: 12-240

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