Event: VIP Food Blogger’s Dinner at Henry Wong’s, Harborne.

Last week a bunch of Birmingham food bloggers were invited down to Cantonese restaurant Henry Wong’s in Harborne. The blogger’s dinner was a chance for us all to experience an evening of fine dining in one of Harborne’s most established restaurants, as well as catch up with our foodie friends. When I heard that Henry Wong’s has been open for 30 years, I was interested to see if it had managed to move with the times. I can now confirm that under it’s current owner Parm Rai, it certaily ticks that box!

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Source: Jas Sansi

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When you arrive at Henry Wong’s you enter into a classy bar area, where we were served cocktails and had a chance to get to know everyone. The décor in the restaurant is modern and sophisticated, with nods to Chinese culture. Though the cocktail list was limited, everyone seemed very pleased with their choice; my Kir Royale was made with Chambord and went down a treat. We were also treated to Laurent Perrier Champagne and wine throughout the evening that had been specially selected to accompany each course.

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Though Chinese cuisine can often be associated with dated restaurants and comfort food, owner Parm Rai’s vision is to prove that at Henry Wong’s, it can keep up with the most contemporary and sophisticated eateries in the city. When the hor d’oeuvres arrived, it was clear to see that this vision was being brought to fruition; a trio of beautifully presented king prawns in honey pepper, garlic and wasabi cream, served with berries and sesame spinach.

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The starters were lobster and, for the meat-eaters, spare ribs in chilli and pepper sauce. Having recently been to Nosh and Quaff, where lobster is their speciality, I was interested to see if Henry Wong’s could follow this. I’m pleased to say that the lobster dish was cooked just as beautifully, and the seasoning complimented the flesh without overpowering it.

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For the main course we were served sirloin steak in teriyaki sauce, seabass with sweet chilli sauce and cripsy chicken. The only slight niggle I had was that, despite being told there would be plenty for pescatarians, I felt this main was a little limited for me and leaves me with not a lot to comment on. The seabass however was delicious, and the chilli sauce gave it that extra something. My main was served with Cousino Macul Sauvignon Gris and this crisp and citrus-y wine was a great choice with the fish.

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Finally we were served a dessert platter of mixed fritter and fresh fruit. This was a really refreshing finish to a meal of such rich flavours and a welcome lighter course. The presentation of the fruit in an ice globe was a real show stopper and again proved that care had been taken in every last detail of the dinner.

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If you’re a fan of Cantonese cuisine and want to experience it at its best, I would really recommend a visit to Henry Wong’s. This restaurant offers you more than just great food, it aims to give you an experience that is a cut above the rest with tables bookable for the whole evening, sultry live music around three times a week and flawless service. Thanks to Parm and all the staff at Henry Wong’s for having us, it was truly a fantastic evening.

*We were invited to dine complimentary at this event. This does not affect my honest opinion. As stated above, I have used some of the photographs taken by Jas Sansi, click here to see all the professional photos from the night.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. August 25, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    New to your blog but followed on Bloglovin’ and will keep up 🙂
    Looks like such a fun time, Emily!
    Would love to visit Birmingham one day.
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Emily
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      August 28, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks Nadia! It was a great evening, and you really should visit Birmingham, it has so much going on!

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