|Steamed Chinese radish|
|Jellyfish tossed in chilli and sesame|
|Pork belly with Chinese mustard|
|Double-cooked Shanghai-style fish|
|Sake-infused Foie gras|
|Sharks-fin soup with abelone, scallops, swim bladder, sea cucumber, morels, porcini and chicken|
|Shanghai-style blanched prawns|
|Freshwater crabmeat ragout on baguette|
|Stir-fried celery, wood ear mushrooms, carrots and lily root petals|
|Chilli-fried lobster's tail and head|
|Roast duck in steamed mantou bun|
|Dessert: Hasma (snow frog's fallopian tubes) cooked in papaya, served hot|
CATEGORY: Shanghainese, Chinese-western fusion, gourmet
DRINK: Mumm Cordon Rouge champagne, Chateau Chauvet, Bordeux 2007, Chateau Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 2004, Chateau Lascombes, Margaux 2005
WE THINK: Although we oppose the consumption of shark fins and find it deeply disturbing to harvest fallopian tubes of rare snow frogs - and particularly wrong to do this during the frogs' sub-snow hibernation (women: watch your tubes while sleeping!) - we also know a thing or two about Chinese social etiquette, and are fully aware of the guanxi suicide we would be committing if we had declined what our hosts were serving us this evening. Besides...the damage had already been done. Let's just say we sacrificed ourselves and our ethics for the sake of I EAT EVERYWHERE! In case it's not apparent from the substandard photos, the food in this place is divine and you can easily steer clear of ethically dubious dishes. Apart from possibly making it easier for you to sleep at night it will also render your meal considerably less expensive (as an example, the dessert was RMB 250/person, ca. £24 or 1/5 of the average monthly income in China...way pricier than the fruit platter!).
OUR TIP: Bring a dictionary (or a smartphone). Even though the menu comes with English translations, some of the dishes are so outlandish (ever heard of hasma before?) that you may wish to consult a dictionary or Wikipedia before placing your order.