Brunch Sat-Sun 10.30am-noon;
Lunch daily noon-3pm;
Dinner Mon-Wed 5.30pm-11pm, Thu-Sat 5.30pm-midnight, Sun 5.30pm-10pm
Even five years on and with 240 seats, it's still an hour's wait for dinner at Mr Wong on a rainy Wednesday night. Merivale's Cantonese flagship remains so rampantly popular that even a lunchtime seat at the bar isn't guaranteed. Perhaps it's the huge, chatty room, evocative of Jazz Age Shanghai. Perhaps it's that the big menu (and even bigger wine list) so generously repay repeat visits. The Peking duck by now needs no intro, but it's still possible to find new gems every time. Spice-salted Balmain bug is better (and likely cheaper!) than any crustacean fished out of a tank on Sussex Street. A selection of fried dim sum features innovations like wagyu and truffles. Prawn toast is a fun, retro nod to suburban Chinese favourites - as is the deep-fried ice-cream in butterscotch sauce. At capacity, Mr Wong can be very loud indeed, and the service regularly strains under the crowds, but there's no doubt it's worth the wait.