Dining at Mott 32 at Marina Bay Sands is like stepping into a world where the flavours of old Hong Kong meet the sophisticated edge of contemporary cuisine.

Mott 32’s name is a nod to New York’s 32 Mott Street, the address of the city’s first Chinese convenience store, established in 1891.

This historical reference sets the tone for an East-meets-West philosophy that is evident in both the décor and the menu.

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The interior of the restaurant is a study in understated elegance, with dark, moody tones and ornate decorations that create an ambiance of quiet luxury amidst the vibrancy of Marina Bay.

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The menu at Mott 32 is diverse, offering a range of dishes that span various regions of China.

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Signature dishes include the Apple-Wood Roasted Peking Duck ($148), Barbecue Iberico Pork Glazed with Yellow Mountain Honey ($52), Iberico Pork with Soft Quail Egg and Black Truffle Siu Mai ($11), and Crispy Triple Cooked Wagyu Beef Short Rib ($98).

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You can tell that this is not the cheapest restaurant around.

However, the restaurant is constantly fully booked, and reservations are highly recommended.

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The signature Apple-Wood Roasted Peking Duck ($148) is prepared over 48 hours. One duck is sufficient for around 3 to 4 guests, roasted upon arrival and the cooking time is approximately 60 minutes.

However, you must reserve this Peking Duck dish before hand, and late requests for the duck may not be accommodated.

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Served with freshly steamed pancakes, thinly sliced cucumbers, scallions, raw cane sugar, and a special house-made hoisin sauce well-presented, it is a ritual that feels both royal and heartwarmingly familiar.

There was a bit of table presentation when even the peanut, sesame and hoisin sauce are swirled at the table in front of your eyes. Guests can have a hand at trying the swirling too.

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I asked the serving staff and found out that the ducks (sourced from Malaysia and delivered fresh) are raised for 42 days of approximately the same weight, not too ‘old’ and all female ducks.

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The skin was indeed crispy with tender meat, with a smoky sweetness from the apple wood that adds an aromatic dimension. One of the best Peking Duck you can find in Singapore.

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The Barbecue Iberico Pork ($52) glazed with Yellow Mountain Honey is another dish that shouldn’t be missed. But I do agree it is quite expensive.

The pork is tender, almost melting in your mouth, with a glaze that strikes a balance between the smokiness of the barbecue and the mellow sweetness of the honey.

Some customers may find the cut too fatty though.

It is a dish that looks simple in concept but complex in flavor, demonstrating the kitchen’s skill in elevating classic ingredients.

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The dim sum at Mott 32 is not your average fare either.

The recommended is the Black Truffle Siu Mai ($11) which offers a burst of earthy truffle that complements but doesn’t overwhelm the delicate flavors of the pork.

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Then there are the Shanghainese Soup Dumplings ($14), or Xiao Long Bao, filled with South Australian scallop and prawn.

This are not your usual dumplings though. The broth was sharply flavorful with a touch of heat from the hot and sour soup.

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The service at Mott 32 matches the high standards of its food. Staff members are attentive and knowledgeable, offering recommendations and explanations of dishes with a friendly demeanor.

This makes navigating the extensive menu less daunting, especially for first-timers.

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Pricing at Mott 32 is on the higher side, as expected at a premium venue in Marina Bay Sands.

However, the quality of the ingredients and the skill in preparation make it a worthy splurge for those looking to indulge in a special meal.

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Mott 32
Marina Bay Sands B1-41/42 Galleria Level, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:45pm, 5pm – 11pm (Sun – Thurs),
11:30am – 3:45pm, 5pm – 12am (Fri – Sat)

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