Kerry has been writing radio copy for donkey's years, & also dabbles in short stories & travel writing. She works, plays and explores largely in the CDB and inner suburbs, gets everywhere by public transport and is the self-professed Zone One Queen.
Published December 11th 2016
You don’t always have to go to Chinatown
There's Chinese food, and there's Chinese food. The introduction of Chinese cuisine to Australia changed the way we share meals, with central steaming dishes and piles of rice from which to help oneself. For decades though, the average knowledge of Chinese cuisine might not have extended far beyond the good old beef with black bean sauce, fried rice, chow mein, or sweet & sour pork.
Now -- how about Quail with Lemongrass… Alaskan Black Cod Fillet….. Shanghai Crab Dumplings… Mango Kataifi Scallops?
Get a tangle of Man Mo's Mango Kataitfi Scallops
These mouth-watering items – and those are just the entrees – are typical of the modern and traditional menus at Man Mo Chinese Restaurant, now located in the World Trade Centre building, directly across the Yarra from Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre.
Man Mo is stylish, sophisticated, and offers a gorgeous spot for special dining, with a long window frontage to maximise river views. Upon the approach, you'll see two noble statues out front – the God of War, and the God of Literature. Inside, tradition continues with classic red and gold décor, style and ambience. A light jazz track may be playing, and you may glimpse a very good wine cellar just off the foyer. The staff offer just the right degree of attentive service.
Back to the menu – seriously a top reason for Man Mo attendance – there's an emphasis on fresh quality seafood. Tasmanian Oysters are delivered regularly, and the Man Mo treatment of these makes the Kilpatrick seem a trifle ordinary. My order summoned a trio of oysters – natural with ginger flowers, sweet chilli and shredded cucumber… fried tempura style with garlic, chilli and Chinese wine…. and steamed with ginger and shallots.
If you have a larger group, a function, a party, even a karoke party (this occurred late on the night I was there), Man Mo can accommodate you with one of their beautiful function rooms, complete with the large round table, perfect for group communication and food sharing.