I feel like walking into the Platform Nine and Three-Quarters as I was being led into The Chopsticks, "the restaurant that guests never see" at the Mandarin Oriental. I was invited by my gracious friend at MO to join their Christmas Media Party held at their staff canteen aka The Chopsticks this year, and of course, seeing this as a cool opportunity to step into a place not usually open to the public and me being curious to see what's behind the scene at this well-run hotel, I simply cannot refuse such an invitation.
The restaurant is on one level above The Mandarin Grill, through the unassuming backdoor and meandering corridors which normally is out of sight. Considering it's a cafeteria, it's actually quite nicely decorated, and by the time I arrived, it's already full of people mingling and talking, sipping champagne, enjoying all the food that was brought forth. With fancy Hors d'oeuvre such as piegon puff, pulled pork mini-burgers and a whole lot fine oysters being served, I am sure this is not the usual food that found its way to the staff cafeteria on a day-to-day basis, not to mention mulled wine, champagne and hot chocolates being passed around.