The Best Meal I’ve Ever Eaten

My wife and I were scheduled at midnight to fly from Hong Kong to New York City. But where to have a great Cantonese meal before departure? Not the airport! So, accompanied by our Hong Kong friend Ruth Chen, we dined at Man Wah atop the Mandarin Oriental Hotel (the original Madarin hotel in that chain). We there had the most extraordinary Chinese of our lives. I’ve been fortunate to have dined in one, two, and three star Michelin-rated restaurants in Europe, Asia, and North America, and am surprised Man Wah has only one such star! We selected a seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Exquisite and extraordinary. (I regret that I don’t have at hand my receipt from the restaurant but will post it when I find it, a souvenir I kept). My compliments to the Man Wah’s somelier, who has forever changed my taste for champagnes from Moet & Chandon, Verve Cliquot, and Tattinger, to Ruinart. Visit this restaurant if you can. If you can’t, enjoy this video.

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