This was the second self-imposed exile that I decided to give up in as many weeks... except this particular exile only lasted about six years instead of eight. I must be feeling pretty magnanimous lately...
My one and only previous visit to Ming Court (明閣) came six years ago, after the restaurant's first promotion to 2 stars. The dinner ended in disaster, and most - if not all - of the attendees have never set foot in the restaurant since then. In fact, we collectively snorted with disdain at the mere mention of the name of the restaurant.
But a friend was visiting from halfway across the globe, and we haven't seen him in a few years. After multiple rounds of discussions, one of our friend's friend - who works for Cordis Hotels - finally stepped up and offered to get us a table here. Since we know our visitor had pretty good experiences with this place in prior years, the Great One and I bit our tongues and joined the party.
As the friend from Cordis was dining with us, we were set up in a private room and had quite a few staff fawning over us. Obviously a very different experience from 6 years ago, when we were left fuming over the service. The menu was also designed to showcase a few of Chef Mango Tsang's special creations - and those the previous chef, who happened to be his younger brother.
Custard bun, steamed (奶黃流沙包) - very hot, very molten filling. Yum.
P.S. what's with the English translation of the menu?! They seem to have taken after Man Wah (文華廳)'s penchant for listing out the main ingredients and separating them with commas, but here they've decided to leave the cooking method last... Kinda reminds me of the way Yoda talks... Totally weird and unnatural.