|"Pata negra" pork, dried chilli, peanut|
|Barbecue prime Iberico pork with honey (char siu)|
The name doesn't immediately inspire much confidence - Mott Street in New York is synonymous with Chinatown, and Chinatown food is a different game altogether. But while I'd say Mott 32 is definitely going for the western/westernised crowd, the food that comes out is indeed made in a traditional manner.
|Chinese lettuce with fermented soy beans in a claypot|
|Shuizhu fish (fish fillets poached in Sichuan chilli pepper broth)|
When we ordered the shuizhu the server warned us that it would be very spicy, but we were game (perhaps it was the alcohol talking). He wasn't lying. It wasn't the spiciest thing ever, and not exactly explosive, but it was indeed very hot. Maybe 7-8 on a scale of 10. (10 being you regret it when on the toilet the next day). What's worth noting, however, is that good Sichuan food isn't just about the heat. There were obvious layers of acidity and savouriness that really helped make the dish complete and we were even tempted to take a couple of sips of the poaching liquid.
|L-R: Old Harbour, Hong Kong Iced Tea, Hanami|
|Siu mai with quail's egg and caviar|
Mott 32 [map]
B/F Standard Chartered Bank Building
4-4A Des Voeux Rd
+852 2885 8688
Lunch, dinner, drinks daily