Dim sum is an important part of our menu at Hutong, in particular for our lunch service. Dim sum is a traditional Chinese cuisine that originated in Southern China but each region now has its own distinct array of dim sum.
We took a few moments to catch up with Head Sommelier Francisco Nevot on why he loves working in hospitality and his wine tips for all our guests in Hutong.
What inspired you to work in the industry?
It’s always been in my family. My aunt had a hotel in Spain where I grew up which had a lovely restaurant. I helped out when I was younger and worked there in the summers when I was at university.
How did you become a sommelier?
I started my career as a commis waiter at Galvin. I met a Spanish sommelier there who introduced me to the world of wine. He spent a lot of time with me, teaching me and letting me taste a lot of new wines I was not familiar with. I decided I wanted to be a sommelier and studied for my WSET courses. When I qualified I moved to Bluebird as a commis sommelier, I got promoted to sommelier quite quickly and really enjoyed my time there. I really developed when I worked at China Tang, there was an amazing sommelier team and my passion for wine just grew. Read more +
Delicious, delicate dim sum – steamed, baked or fried savoury dumplings – are traditionally enjoyed at lunchtime and as you would expect, we of course offer a superb complete dim sum menu daily from 12-3 in addition to our a la carte as well as including dim sum in our new set lunch menu. Specialities such as our baked Wagyu puffs, Shanghai-style xiao long bao or Ginger and spring onion lobster buns are perfect as a starter or enjoyed as a meal in themself.
But such is the popularity of our dim sum that we make sure that a selection of the most popular varieties is available at other times too. On the a la carte menu there is our ever-in-demand dim sum platter, two each of four different dim sum including Rosé Champagne shrimp, Vegentable and bamboo pith, Crystal crab meat and Scallop and pumpkin.
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Since introducing our new set lunch menu, one dish has been causing particular interest – the Guaiwei prawn and cuttlefish in pickled chilli sauce. Exhilaratingly spicy but at the same time rich and sweet, the dish offers diners a rare opportunity to experience guaiwei – the so-called ‘exotic taste’ prized in Sichuan cuisine but virtually unknown outside of it.
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