PVR Leisure brings back the all-day tea culture to India with Mr Hong in Bangalore

Mr. Hong’
From the Streets of Bangkok to the Heart of Bangalore

PVR Leisure brings back the all -day tea culture to India with Mr Hong in Bangalore. Mr. Hong, an Oriental all-day dining restaurant and bar in Orion Mall, Bangalore is now fully operational and serving up a great selection of inspiring dishes. Mr. Hong is a contemporary rendition of the Chinese Tea House concept with a fusion twist incorporating culinary influences spanning across the South East Asian regions.

Mr. Hong revolves around Tea as the underlying theme infused in every aspect of the brand, from food and beverage recipes to interior design. Serving an eclectic range of tapas-like steamed or fried dishes such as Dim Sums, accompanied by Chinese red tea or signature tea-based mocktails or cocktails, Mr. Hong aims to epitomize Chinese and South Asian hospitality at its best.

Set against a contemporary décor with subtle art deco undertones featuring Chinese artifacts such as clay pots and jars reminiscent of the age-old Tea trade, Mr. Hong’s dining room is both theatrical and welcoming.

Getting to the business, Chef Amit along with Mr. Rakesh did a warm welcome to everyone and gave us a brief on the concept of Mr. Hong and the special designated menu for the evening.

After a tiring day at office, what better than a glass of mocktail to refresh my mood and senses. I picked up ‘Guava Delight’ and mamma mia, it was it was refreshing. The strong essence of Guava in the drink will leave you mesmerised and wanting for more. In no time, a gulped the first glass of Guava Delight and requested for the second.

After this refreshing drink, first on the menu was Tom Yum Chicken Soup’. It is perfect to clear your throat and blocked nose as it is prepared with coriander, chili and basil but it was a disappointment for me as I prefer soup to be thick.

After a low start, I was waiting for something to cheer me up and bamm! Here it was, ‘Steamed Chicken Dumplings’. A perfect thing to give a kick to my taste buds. I can’t get over feasting on these cute looking chicken dumplings. Couldn’t hold myself but ask for another basket of it. Simply delicious.

Next on the table was ‘Scallion Sesame Chicken Cake’. The first impression was, it is a big round fluffy cake with some kind of filling in it. But the first bite of it made me change my mind. A soft outer portion which gives a sweeter taste and the chicken filling gives you a spicy taste, making this combination ‘to look out for’.

Spicy Pomelo Shrimp Salad’ was next presented on the table. Full marks to Chef for the presentation and the guts to experiment with Pomelo and Shrimp. It wasn’t the first time I was having Pomelo or Shrimp but getting this together is where the Chef scores high. The taste was perfectly balanced.

Next on the menu was, ‘Crisp Lotus Stem’. Sometimes experiment does wonders, sometimes it falls flat. For me it was the latter this time. A strong recommendation to get this item off the menu.

Following on, series of items were served at the same time. Stir Fried Veg in Chili Garlic, Veg Shanghai Rice, Veg and Chicken Phad Thai Noodle, Jasmine Rice, Classic minced chicken hot basil and Stir fried Kale with Lamb were served for main course which had authentic thai flavors and needless to say was scrumptious. Stir fried Kale with Lamb was my favourite along with Jasmine rice. The main course not as exciting as the appetizers but the most impressive was the Jasmine rice as it smelled of Jasmine but did not have any Jasmine flower or essence added to it.

And to conclude, ‘Peach Cobbler’, a peace tart perfected baked served with a scoop of ice cream. As we say, the best is always served at the last. And indeed, a dessert worth waiting for. It will definitely leave you with a feel of satisfaction.

Mr. Hong is highly-themed cross over concept emulating Din Tai Fung’s menu and fast table turnover and Island Tang’s polished comfort. Mr Hong offers patrons a quality experience at a value for money pricing. Be it for a business lunch, casual pre or post-show dinner or cocktail, high tea or family weekend brunch, it caters to a broad consumer spectrum in the immediate multi-purpose commercial, residential and office catchment as well as the wider marketplace.


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