Sharing with you now some of my favorite dishes from the restaurants I’ve been to in Shanghai. Of course, my short stay in the city is not enough to give a fair conclusion about the dining scene. But hopefully, this list will be useful in case you visit Shanghai in the near future!
Colagrueco Restaurant Shanghai – the largest tapas bar in Asia known for its Latin-inspired cocktails and dishes. Mauro Colagreco is the first Argentinian chef to earn two Michelin stars for his restaurant in France, named Mirazur – which has also been consistently a part of San Pellegrino’s Top Restaurants in the World.
Colagrueco Restaurant Shanghai is a trendy restaurant located right in the heart of the Bund. The dining room has a spectacular view of the Pudong bay and skyline.
And we were lucky enough to get the best seats in the house that night! This was our table and our view during dinner.
The Amazonian Forest : Made of quinoa risotto, wild mushrooms, potato espuma, parsley sponge, chestnuts and Parmesan cream.
For a dish that did not contain meat and just had veggies in it, this was unbelievably good and very filling!
Chocolate Bliss and Guava Sorbet : Flourless dark chocolate cake topped with freshly made guava sorbet.
It was an unexpected but wonderful and refreshing combination!
Three on the Bund, 2nd Floor No.3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai Crossing Guang Dong Road
Tel +86 (21) 5308 5399
Din Tai Fung – when in Shanghai, one must eat the Shanghainese soup dumpling, more popularly known as the Xia Long Bao. And as everyone would tell you, the restaurant chain most famous for this dish is Din Tai Fung, which has several branches all over the world already and — with Manila coming soon!
We ordered 4 different kinds : the special steamed pork xia long bao, the steamed chicken xia long bao, the steamed pork with shark’s fin and hairy crab meat xia long bao…
… And this.
This was my favorite amongst them all : the black truffle and pork xia long bao, topped with ginger slices and drizzled with black vinegar sauce.
The dumpling skin was delicate, the pork filling was juicy, the broth was tasty and the truffle mixed in — well, that just made everything taste BETTER. 🙂
To complement all the xia long baos we ordered, we had this dry noodle dish with minced pork and bean sauce. It was my first time to try it and I liked the simplicity of its flavors. It was the perfect partner for the soup dumplings!
Din Tai Fung has several branches in Shanghai.
Check their website here for location.
Fu 1015 – This is high-end Shanghainese cuisine served in a nice, elegant historical building. The restaurant gives diners a sense of eating in a private home that exudes old-world charm. Dishes are cooked the traditional Shanghainese way and with ingredients all freshly made. It is rated no. 40 in San Pellegrino’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014.
We ordered the full set menu and here were just some of the dishes :
Appetizer of vegetable bean curd, Old Shanghai smoked fish, lotus root and foie gras ball covered in orange jelly.
My favorites from this dish are the smoked fish and the foie gras. The fish had a nice balance of saltiness and sweetness to it while the foie gras had a creamy, meaty taste that blended so well with the sweet and sour flavor of the orange jelly.
Hot and Sour Seafood Soup
Deep Fried Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise Dressing
Crispy prawn flakes with braised pork belly with soy and rock sugar — This dish was amazing! Just imagine, a sweet and salty pork in one bite! 🙂
And of course being a steak lover and a true blue carnivore, this last dish of Grilled Wagyu Ribeye was what I enjoyed the most!
Two thin slices of beef that had the right amount of marbling, cooked medium rare with just a bit of salt, pepper and then finished off with a dash of sesame seeds. The beef easily melted in my mouth, it felt like butter!
1015 Yuyuan Road, 200050 Shanghai
Tel +86 21 5237 9778
Roosevelt Sky Restaurant – This is one beautiful restaurant situated in another old, historic building on the Bund, owned by the great grandson of the late American President Roosevelt. The Roosevelt Sky Restaurant is a must stop for those who appreciate fine wine and spectacular views of the Bund and Pudong. In fact, they were just awarded “Best View Restaurant and Bar in Shanghai” by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
Food is varied and eclectic, typical of what is now described as world cuisine. It offers Mediterranean to French, Spanish to Japanese and of course Chinese dishes, all in one menu.
The restaurant provided us with such an amazing view that you will notice all the photos of the dishes below have the beautifully lit and colorful Shanghai skyline as its background.
Selection of Dimsum : Siomai, Hakaw, Siopao and Xia Long Bao
Smoked Salmon, Prawn, Scallop with Soya Wasabi Mayonnaise
White Chocolate Cheese Mousse and Meringue with Strawberry Apple Jelly
8/F, 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu
Tel + 86 21 2322 0800