Since its launch only three months ago, Shanghai Me has made a phenomenal impact on the Dubai restaurant scene. It is a social destination that has garnered an unbelievable following of both royals and celebrities, who flock for the infectious atmosphere and sublime food on offer.
Believe the hype. There’s a reason why this new Asian eatery is perpetually packed, with it’s pretty al fresco terrace tables, surrounded by bamboo and lush greenery, one of the hottest spots to book.
Step inside and you’re immediately transported to opulent 1930s Shanghai, with retro art deco touches adding to the glamour. There’s a discrete private dining room for celebrities like Roger Federer and Cristiano Ronaldo who’ve already paid this A-list haunt a visit – it has even had the royal seal of approval - but take it from us, the outdoor arena is where the best people-watching happens. And this is definitely a place to see-and-be-seen.
Luckily however, the scene only accentuates the experience as the cuisine takes centre-stage. The menu encompasses some of the greatest hits of mainstream Far Eastern cuisine – Singapore noodles, chicken and broccoli in black bean and sweet and sour are all accounted for – but the signature dishes like miso silver cod with pickled ginger are the ones that steal the spotlight.
A generous portion of crispy duck salad doesn’t skimp on the main ingredient, and has echoes of Hakkasan’s popular version, whilst steamed and fried dim sum are undeniably moreish with upscale fillings like truffle and prawn or braised wild mushroom. All delicious.
Those wanting to supplement Chinese plates can also peruse the sushi selection; we sampled beautifully balanced silvers of new-style sashimi enlivened with a sprinkling of sesame. Mains are equally impressive, made to share, everything from the char sui beef rib to the aubergine in chili bean sauce side hit the spot.
An added bonus? The seamless service from waiters well-aquainted with the menu, who were happy to guide both on how much to order and how to get the most of this expansive menu.
One thing is for sure – we will definitely be back! Especially as we were too full to sample the incredibly tempting desserts…
Podium Level, Gate Village 11, DIFC, see shanhaime-restaurant.com