At Shanghai's top eateries, fall is prime time for feasting
As temperatures get lower, it's high time for foods that preserve yang (warm) energy for winter. Here are some delightful autumn menus that will help you fend off seasonal chills.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Shanghai
Located in the North Bund area, this is the chain's 14th location worldwide. This autumn, it offers lunch specials, a new weekend brunch and a bar menu for late happy hour.
For business lunch, the new special is a good choice with a reasonable price and high quality. The restaurant uses three types of USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) prime-cut steaks. The highlight of the menu is the hand-chopped dry-aged Angus beef hamburger, pasta or fried rice. All USDA Prime sirloin steaks, rib-eye steaks or filet mignon are from Wolfgang’s own aging room. The nutty and buttery notes are savored in every bite.
You can also order the signature salad with fresh baby spinach, green peas, corns and red sweet pepper topped with feta cheese and homemade vinaigrette. The chef selects the vegetables every morning.
For seafood lovers, order the grilled Chilean sea bass hamburger or linguine.
During the late happy hour, why not try the bar menu. Recommended are Wolfgang's Old Fashioned, Rose and Marry and Berry and Berry.
Every weekend from 11:30am to 3pm, diners can enjoy a brunch menu featuring waffles and pancakes, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon platter, steak and egg and omelette.
Opening hours: 11:30am-10:30pm (11:30am-4pm for lunch specials, 8:30-10:30pm for late happy hour)
Address: 1/F, 588 Dongchangzhi Rd
This autumn, the restaurant is bringing a new American-style grill menu to the table.
The signature grill platter is a feast with ribs, steak, salmon and more. The beer-marinated ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender; while the chicken stays juicy. Three kinds of homemade sauces bring nuance to the flavors.
The shrimp and cheese stuffed chicken breast is another surf-and-turf choice worth trying. Sharp cheddar mixes with mozzarella, coating plump shrimps and juicy chicken is a must if dairy is your weakness.
For burger lovers, try the mushroom-plus beef burger. And the spicy beef burger is a new mix of Chinese and American flavors. It turns up the heat with a Sichuan-inspired sauce, and gives an invigorating hit as it mingles with freshly grilled patties.
For lighter fare, the Thai-flavored roasted beef salad gives you more greens, in addition to crunchy shredded carrots and sweet cherry tomatoes, covered in Thai dressing and topped with tender steak slices.
Opening hours: 10am-11pm
Address: No. 2, Lane 2389, Zhangyang Rd
Mr & Mrs Bund
The new grill and roast menu is perfect for family-sharing dinners. You can try the grilled rib-eye steak and Porterhouse or roasted beef tenderloin, rack of lamb and chicken breast.
After the fantastic dinner, you can try the fabulous champagne collection, at a good price from 100 yuan (US$12) pre glass or 600 yuan per bottle. More wondrous offers include a nightly free flow served at the bar from 5pm to 8pm, priced at 200 yuan an hour. For that afterwork glass of sparkling, pre-dinner pick-me-up or inspiring weekend, champagne is never this approachable.
Opening hours: 5-10:30pm
Address: 6/F, 18 Zhongshan E1
With the celebration of its fifth anniversary, this fine dining Italian restaurant prepares seasonal food with an enchanting 270-degree Bund view on the 23rd floor.
Start with a seasonal seafood platter including New Zealand scampi, Boston lobster, Irish white snail, Gillardeau No. 1 oyster, caviar, salmon topped with wine and vinegar, olr the Alaska King Crab tartar with mashed fresh avocado and mango topped with caviar and lemon sorbet on the side is a good choice.
After the fresh start, you can try the chicken soup with fresh bamboo, black truffle paste, morel and green vegetables.
Fresh, handmade pasta is a signature of Italian cuisine. The signature Roman risotto with scampi is well worth trying.
A perfect meal won’t be finished without dessert. Chef-special truffle ice cream and creamy Chantilly white chocolate topped with low temperature cooked berries and seasonal fruits are two popular choices.
Opening hours: 11:30am-11pm
Address: 23/F, 1 Jinling Rd E.