This is the promotion theme of the restaurant which, by and large, is an appropriate reflection of what can be expected of this fashionable place located in the heart of the busy Xujiahui district in Shanghai. As it's the trend these days in Shanghai and elsewhere in China, historic buildings like this one - a convent in olden days - are converted into modern establishments to enjoy the reminiscence of the past. As one enters into the premises, one cannot but be struck by the long corridor with the aged floral tiled floor and pictures and artifacts of old Shanghai hanging on the walls, and dark rosewood furniture along the way. T
We enjoyed the privacy of dinner in a majestic banquet room overlooking the garden where two old carriages once used by the Empress Cixi of the Qing Dynasty and Madam Song Xin-ling (wife of the founder of modern China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen) were displayed. With some 20 of us seated at a huge round table surrounded by ornamental dark wooden panels and carvings, you felt like knights of the round table dining in the solemnity of an ancient castle.
The food is authentic Shanghainese of high quality. If the party is big enough, some signatory dishes shouldn't be missed. These include cold dishes like old station duck, crispy eel, shepherd's purse blinds roll and crystal chicken; and for the main courses, the smoked tea duck, stirred fried river shrimps, lion-head in soup, and braised Gui Fish in mustard green should suit all tastes. There are, of course, more exquisite courses like abalone and shark's fin, on the menu for those who can afford to go for the real luxury.
This is one of those places well worth a visit to try out genuine traditional Shanghai cuisine in a sophisticated but relaxed environment.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.