Unit 28, 1st Floor, Metro City
1111 Zhaojiabang Road
Jumping back again to our Shanghai days… (sorry for the randomness, just discovered some of these pics lurking around and so am throwing ‘em up here).. we headed to good ‘ol Sushi Tei during our last week. We had quite the EPIC FEAST as we ordered a storm of dishes including baked cheesy scallops, grilled king prawns, sashimi, sizzling steak, crab, etc.
Sushi Tei consistently always has good service – be it in Australia, China or Singapore. They do good food at reasonable prices, and so remains as one of my favourite mid-range Japanese restaurants.
Flood #1 of the dishes
And then more came out.. mm…
Me completely ignoring the waitresses and more interested in the food :P
23 Nanjing East Road
So as I was saying… I liked Shook! so much I decided to go back that same day for dinner – this time on a quiet dinner date with Chris. Co-incidentally, it was also our last night in Shanghai, so we wanted something memorable… hence the location at The Bund.
This time, Shook! was transformed into night time dining.. with mood lighting, much quieter ambience, and a different menu offering their full range of a la carte dishes. The menu is pretty exhaustive, and so tantalising that we had trouble figuring out what to order ;) It took a bit of back-and-forth and listening to the waiter’s recommendations before we finally decided on our choices. We were very fortunate to be allocated the best table there – a corner table right by the glass windows overlooking The Bund area. Gorgeous!
We were treated to a complimentary champagne with bubbling pearls. OK I think it had a much more eloquent name than this, but I forgot ;) It was fascinating to look at – the pearls going up and down the bubbling champagne, and they burst as we drank. Novelty!
We thoroughly enjoyed the dishes, which were all brought out beautifully presented. The portions are not large (considering the price), but enough so that we were full at the end of the meal. Fine food, lovely ambience, and good service – a nice way to remember our last night in Shanghai :)
Our table view at Shook!
Champagne with bubbling pearls
Our last night in Shanghai :)
Trio of crab
Lightly dusted cajun spiced seabass with pimento mayo, avocado, cucumber salad and a twist of chilli
Slow braised grain fed beef cheek with a humble mash, crisply cooked bacon, and caramelized grenadine onion
Sides of fries and mushrooms
Tiramisu with creamy white chocolate, marsala panacotta, and espresso
23 Nanjing East Road
OK a throw back to our Shanghai days again.. my ‘last meal’ with my Ladies Who Lunch group was at the very cool Shook! on The Bund. It’s all about high ceilings, awesome views, attentive service and excellent food. I was excited to try it out as I hadn’t been there before, and they have a super special 88RMB set lunch on that we were all eyeing.
It didn’t disappoint. We were attended to by a flurry of waiters, headed up by a cute Frenchman (errr forgot his name). He explained all the dishes in detail and left us salivating ;) I liked the menu as it was a nice blend of Asian and Western/French dishes, so everyone can be sated. The portions of the food were very reasonable – definitely enough to fill us. It even included tea/coffee and a lovely plate of pretty petit fours for dessert.
All the dishes were tastefully presented and very well cooked. I was more than impressed with my Slow cooked confit of duck with natural jus, peas, bacon and potatoes that fell from the bone easily and was sublime. In fact, it was better than what I’ve had in restaurants in France!
Shook! is an excellent spot to lunch with friends – the large glass windows and high ceilings make for a very cheery afternoon. However.. turns out it’s a lovely place for a romantic dinner too – as Chris and I discovered when I was mad enough to book dinner on the same day ‘cos I was so impressed with the restaurant I wanted to bring Chris back there, haha!
Pretty decor at Shook
Assorted bread basket
Gado Gado salad with fragrant peanut sauce
Chilled tomato and raspberry soup with cucumber salsa and mint pesto
Slow cooked confit of duck with natural jus, peas, bacon and potatoes
Wok fried rice
Toasted beef baguette with Asian style salad dressing and chilli chips
Pan-fried red mullet with light risotto and curry bouillon
47 Fuxing West Road
It’s been a mad week of farewell brunches, coffees, lunches and dinners for us.. as we near to D-day when we leave Shanghai. I didn’t take photos at most of them, since A) I’m too lazy and B) no time to blog! However, for this particular one, I took photos because I’d been wanting to go to Chicha for AGES and we finally made it there for a lovely brunch with dear friends.
Yet another restaurant by Eduardo Vargas, Chicha is located in the Sinan Mansions area, it was pretty quiet which was just as well. We scored a lovely outdoor table under the trees and the weather was cool yet sunny. Service was prompt and pretty friendly, and the food arrived swiftly. And boy, we were impressed!!
Every dish was unique and had a lovely blend of ingredients and flavours. I was surprised that it wasn’t standard restaurant fare, but I suppose that’s partly because it’s Peruvian food which isn’t common here in Shanghai. I really liked every single dish, and would definitely go back, if not for the fact that we are leaving Shanghai ;)
The outdoor area at Chicha
Complimentary bread. OK, but could’ve done with a lovely herbed/garlic butter instead.
Tables @ Ritz Carlton
1376 Nanjing West Road
The Ritz Carlton in Shanghai flew in William Wongso, a chef famous for his modern Indonesian cuisine, as well as a team of Indonesian chefs this week, and were offering a fabulous Indonesian buffet at their restaurant. I was pretty ecstatic when I found out, as I love Indonesian food and what better way than to have it all-you-can-eat?! And so 8 of us decided to hit it up for lunch on Monday, which was a public holiday.
The service was impeccable. Friendly, so efficient, and they even gave us a lovely corner table. I was impressed with the selection and spread of the buffet. Lovely presentation, a huge variety, and quality ingredients. It wasn’t just Indonesian food though, they also offered other dishes such as sashimi and oysters, Western cakes, etc. That suited me just fine, I like the variety!
The Indonesian food was done really well. By far and away, the Beef Rendang was the best. It was meltingly tender, packed a real punch of flavour, and we went back for seconds and thirds ;) The most disappointing for me was the Laksa, which I found was not spicy at all, and had some random ingredients in it that I never knew existed in a laksa. Then again, I have never had a laksa in Indonesia and was comparing it to Singapore laksa.
I especially loved the Dessert spread. Tiny little desserts and a LOT of variety make me very happy indeed ;) We ate ’til we could eat no more, but sadly I couldn’t eat as much as I normally do because I spent most of my time carrying Hunter (who decided to be oddly fussy that day). Which meant that I had to eat at a much slower rate, which meant my stomach filled up and I couldn’t eat at my normal rate :( The secret to buffets is that you eat really quickly so you can get in as much food as possible before you feel full! Still, I did get in 4 plates/bowls of mains, 2 serves of sashimi and oysters, and 10 of the lil desserts. So not too bad :P
William Wongso at the helm of Ritz Carlton’s indonesian buffet
Hunter chilling out (before he got mad fussy and insisted on being carried)
Fresh prawns, crabs, mussels and oysters
A spread of cheeses and breads. Who bothers to eat bread at a buffet?!
Sashimi and salad (LOL) stations
My bowl of laksa, which I found so-so
One of my plates of food. I loved EVERYTHING on it!!
A serve of sashimi and chicken satay. That sashimi was divine.
Just another random plate of (huge) oysters, tender lamb chops, and
super delicious beef rendang and fried rice.
My 10 lil desserts split over both plates. In my belly they went. I liked them ALLLLL!!!