While the restaurant’s name refers to an old alley or lane, nothing could be further from reality. Dark tones, dramatic lighting, red lanterns, and panoramic views set the tone inside this 28th-floor location. The fare is northern Chinese, but made into Hutong trademarks with novel ingredients. Dishes here aren’t laden with MSG and flour, but aim to uncork natural flavors. Starters include an abalone carpaccio with spring onion oil and the crabmeat and turnip rolls. For a traditional but modern meat dish, there's the Shanghai-style honey glazed ham with lotus seed and steamed bread rolls.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.