Having opened it’s doors in June, an elegant interior of free form art provides an irreproachable setting for celebration and purlieu.
The vision of their menu is one that triumphantly reimagines Chinese cuisine. The impact on classic dishes many have come to know and love as staples in this food is subtle, yet compelling. Second generation restaurants you could call them, as the palette of the multi-ethnic Sydney dining culture is ever evolving.
“Mulan” meaning wood orchid or magnolia blossom, said to represent femininity, power and strength in Chinese culture. Mama Mulan, therefore a place of warmth, love and passion setting the tone of what to expect in your dining experience. Chef Marble Ng (ex Lotus) has created a menu focused on the Shandong regions of northern China.
(Signature Dan Dan Noodle soup with pork, chilli and peanut sauce)
The ingot shaped dumplings are preserved in their usual crowd pleasing form. An appropriate introduction to the Mama Mulan dining experience while saluting the old belief of wealth and prosperity, the handmade pot stickers of pork and cabbage, spicy wontons with pork and watercress and pork xiao long bao set the standard of what to expect.
The setting for our dining experience takes place in Mama Mulan’s Den – the largest of its private dining spaces easily seating 16-20 guests. It attracts alot of natural light and has it’s own private balcony.
In contrast, the Magnolia and Blossom Rooms have a roundtable configuration for 8-10 people. Great versatility in the number of functions and gatherings the space (total capacity 180) can accommodate as we enter the peak planning season of Spring/Summer celebration.
Offering a range of banquet menus and dishes, expect to spend anywhere between $41-$100 for a three course experience.
There are some very interesting ideas in Chef Marble’s menu. The sashimi is available only in lobster, the unexpected salad pairing of pear and cucumber, the use of rockmelon in duck pancakes and mushroom as the hero in their spring rolls, in its ambition to make its mark and cement itself as the definitive in north shore Chinese, they’re definitely playing a different game to many in the area and making us re-think our ideas on this cuisine.
The Concourse, Level 1 above Willoughby City Library, Chatswood NSW 2067
Joseph Lloyd, Contributor