On a global level, people rave about the original Mandarin Oriental hotel, and I understand that. If you come to Hong Kong as a visitor it's nice to stay in hotels that fetishize all that's good about local culture. When I go to Thailand, I want to pretend I live in a gilded Thai palace. But for us locals, I do think The Landmark Mandarin Oriental offers something else -- a really good creative team that takes risks and thinks big, in a classy way.
Take MO Bar, for instance. Its private concerts featuring the likes of Alicia Keys, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Wyclef Jean are legendary. Some are better than others -- a sweaty Wyclef, for example, climbed onto a bar and travelled the room on some other dude's shoulders. A shorter-than-you'd-think John Legend, however, played his new album and kind of bopped in his chair for half an hour before getting down to business.
Less hit-or-miss are MO Bar's afternoon tea delights, which have in the past included brand collaborations with Chloe and Guerlain. (Psst, giveaway coming up!) Starting January 23 and continuing until the end of February there's the Chinese New Year-themed extravaganza, melding together the conventional and the creative, including:
Pan-fried Turnip Cake with Shiitake & Chinese Garlic Chive’, ‘Glass Noodles with Prawn, Squid & Yunnan Ham’ (both symbolizing longevity), Ginger Scones with Devonshire Clothed Cream and Home made Tangerine Jam (tangerine representing good luck), and Home made Lychee, Raspberry & Rose Petal Jam (lychee symbolizing close family ties), Steamed Egg Custard Bun (symbolizing wealth) and Orange, Pumpkin & Pumpkin Seed & Gold Leave Crumble (orange symbolizes wealth). It's pretty reasonable at $200. Call +852 2132 0077 to book.
Now, to get down to business. While the Guerlain tea set is no longer available as of December, we have one of the gift sets left over to give away. This sweet little gold box contains a perfume sample, Abeille Royale youth serum and a mini lipstick in a very flattering shade (which is nice, for once). To win this, all you have to do is email email@example.com with the subject "MO Bar giveaway". RT the giveaway on twitter (make sure to @hkfashiongeek or @cko01 so we know!), or tag yourself in the Guerlian gift set photo uploaded on our Facebook fan page to get EXTRA entries. The winner will be chosen at random with a number generator and contacted via email two weeks from now. This contest is only open to Hong Kong residents.