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Published September 5th 2017
Executive Chef Dan Hong's Take on Asian Fusion Impresses
It's not often I venture out into Potts Point, but after a night at Merivale's awesome Ms G's, I think I am a convert! It's not the easiest place to find, about a block away from the main strip leading to Kings Cross, but it is well worth the hunt. Be warned, if you don't book then make sure you get there early because this place does a roaring trade. I found myself sitting at the upstairs bar, but was early enough to hook a table with a couple of stools. I found myself looking at the walls covered in old newspaper articles about different celebrities and movements over the years whilst I waited for my cocktail to arrive.
The cute little Ms G's menu
The real beauty of Ms G's is the wackiness of the place. The food itself is amazing and just a bit left of centre. I started with what has got to be one of this place's signature dishes, the Cheeseburger Spring Rolls. It just sounds like a combination that could go very wrong, but Executive Chef Dan Hong gets it oh so right with the crunchiness of the spring roll perfectly complementing the meaty goodness of the beloved cheeseburger. If you only order one dish – make this the one.
The Chiang Mai gyoza is just as delightful, if not quite as adventurous. Full of spicy pork and served with black soy, this little dish is perfect to share. The real adventure here is trying not to spill the dipping sauce whilst grappling with chopsticks.
Next up was the Chicken Katsu Banh Mi slider, a little burger of flavoursome goodness that takes me right back to my days strolling the Vietnamese street food markets in Hanoi, eating from the hawker stalls along the route.
Katsu Banh Mi = winner!
For the main event, a plate of Jow's lamb ribs was on the cards. Wow. This hefty plate is filling and rich, literally causing my mouth to have a party with every bite. Super messy, but super yummy. Whilst I struggled to finish my half and felt pretty full afterwards, it was well worth feeling like I needed to be rolled out the door!
All washed down with a pretty impressive cocktail menu, Ms G's is definitely a great night out for a quick pre-theatre dinner or drink or a longer, more leisurely meal. I'd recommend the Hello Spritty, a refreshing concoction of gin, pink grapefruit, Thai basil, Benedictine and prosecco.