Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Brunch at Sevva in Hong Kong, and an entire Peking duck to myself at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong's Man Wah



In Hong Kong for 24 hours, living a Travelife, there really are few more pleasant places for a Mother's Day brunch or Mother's Day dinner than Sevva, that stylish penthouse restaurant in Central District.

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TWO PLACES WITH THAT MILLION DOLLAR VIEW

It's got the most gorgeous al fresco views out of anywhere in Central.

Actually, I take that back.

There is just one other place in Central with an open-air view this good: the terraces of the top-floor suites of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong next door.

I've been staying at the Mandarin Oriental on visits to Hong Kong for as long as I can remember, and it's been the scene of a hundred private milestones, solo and otherwise.



GOING SOLO FOR PEKING DUCK

One of my favorite solo memories at the Mandarin Oriental involves a time I stayed there by myself for a couple of days.

It was still the old Mandarin Oriental at that time, and there were no such things as Michelin stars or other rankings in Hong Kong.

I'm crazy about Peking duck and Man Wah, the Chinese restaurant of the Mandarin Oriental, has been making a very good one since time immemorial.

But I'm sure you understand that this is not a dish to have alone.

But there I was almost checking out of the Mandarin, and I had an evening flight and a lunch opportunity before taking the car to the airport.

SOLO AND ENJOYING IT

So I went to Man Wah, which is at the top of the Mandarin Oriental and also considered one of Hong Kong's best Chinese restaurants, and ordered a Peking duck all for myself.

Actually, I would have gladly shared it with the next table if I'd even dared offered them some -- but if you've been to Man Wah, you'll know it's not that kind of casual place where strangers talk to each other.

Brunch is also good and atmospheric at Sevva...


THE TALK OF THE RESTAURANT

So I had a whole duck to myself, mainly just to get the duck skin in the wrapper. I really didn't have much of the meat, on a second way or third way.

I remember how it created such a stir as it was wheeled out to this table for one, right by the window with the most beautiful view of the harbour.

I really enjoyed that lunch by myself.

BACK TO MY STORY...
AND A MILLION-DOLLAR VIEW



Anyway, back to my story.

The last time I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, I had one of the top-floor suites.

The hotel had been refurbished completely by then, and all the top-floor suites had terraces. Those that faced the harbor had the extra plus of having the most amazing views.

I was one of the lucky ones who got the million-dollar view.

I still remember how a couple of Hong Kong friends had come over to have dinner with me at Man Wah (again!) on this visit, and I'd invited them to my suite for pre-dinner champagne.

One of them worked three minutes from the hotel and he'd been shocked to step out onto my terrace for this al fresco million-dollar view.

THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW AT SEVVA


Sevva has a similarly beautiful view -- and the good part is that you don't need to book a suite for it. Just a table reservation.

For Mother's Day, Sevva created a luscious Mother’s Day cake to celebrate motherhood.

It was smothered in fresh cream and decorated with marshmallow hearts and a hand-crafted sugar flower, and elegantly layered with sweet lychee & rose crème chantilly and white chocolate.


They also cooked up a feast for Mother's Day including four seafood treats at dinner:

1) Fritto misto salad
2) Fish broth with diced leopard garoupa, tamago tofu, straw mushrooms, baby peas and snow fungus 3) Pan-fried deep sea white cod on barley & spelt risotto 
4) Spaghetti Nero with seafood & fresh green pepper corns 



There were also all kinds of lovely bite-sized appetizers.

For the meat eaters among the mothers, Sevva prepared a slow roasted stuffed lamb shoulder with baby carrots, parsnip & a Pommery reduction.

And that's how a rather special day turned into just another wonderful day in a long weekend in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

PS: Most of the photos here are from the Sevva website.




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