Just in case you didn’t know, the lavish new Phase 2 of Mall of Arabia is now open. We popped in to see for ourselves and tucked into some of the tastiest wok-fried Asian food we have had in a while. The Food Hall is classy, and so is the food.
Signatures Dishes & Dishes Sampled
Dishes at Mr. Kong include Chinese, Thai and Malay favorites. Signature dishes include the Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef Teriyaki, Bang Bang Shrimp, Caramelized Walnut Shrimp.
We loved the menu; it had a lot of our favorites and included a range of options for diverse tastes. We decided that sharing was the way to go, and kicked off with Bang Bang Shrimp and Vegetable Spring Rolls. The shrimp were large and fresh and the crumbed exterior was nicely crunchy. That freshly-fried taste and texture quickly convinced us that we had more good things in store. The addition of spicy mayo set them off nicely as well. The spring rolls were crisp and came with a sweet chili dip that had us diving back for more.
We had been torn between a choice of dishes to follow, so went overboard and ordered a selection. The ever-popular Sweet and Sour Chicken was as good as any we have tried in locations around the globe. The tender chunks of chicken breast in a light batter with chunks of pineapple and sliced peppers had just the right balance of sharpness and sweetness, and we could immediately see why it is a signature item. The Beef Teriyaki was also amazingly tender, and went down in a flash. It became obvious that nothing but the highest quality produce goes into the flaming woks at Mr. Kong.
The Thai Coconut Curry delivered on flavor, and again, the shrimp were large and perfectly cooked. Maybe it lacked a little of the punch we like in our curry, but we were assured that a spicier version can be requested. Our stir-fried vegetables also came with plenty of sauce, and in a generous portion, so luckily with Chili Egg Noodles and Fried Rice as sides we had something to mop up with.
We had eaten well, but still felt ready to wind up with some deep-fried banana. It came piping hot, in bite-sized pieces, with a decadent caramel dipping sauce, rounding off an enjoyable meal.
Other Menu Options that Appealed & Beverages Available
Beef with Sweet Oyster Sauce and Broccoli, Chicken with Sweet Corn and Soy Sauce, Nutella Spring Rolls. Beverage options are limited to water and soft drinks.
As Phase 2 is still in a soft opening stage we easily found a table. There is a choice between high and low seating, and we found our body-sculpted wooden seats surprisingly comfortable. The Food Hall is housed in a spacious atrium with soaring ceilings, stylish lighting and marble flooring. The feel is chic and high end, and teamed with the food quality and efficient, friendly service we experienced, it became rather a treat.
Clientele mix: All ages, families, couples and groups of friends.
Price range: Very affordable and excellent quality.
Worth knowing: Delivery is available in Sheikh Zayed and 6th October.
Opening hours: 12 pm to 11:30 pm
Address: Mall of Arabia Phase 2, Food Hall
Tel: 0100 213 4422 / 02 3826 0317