If you’re a Chinese food aficionado, chances are you’re on first name basis with the maitre’d at one of the Shang Palace outposts around the world.
The flagship restaurant of Shangri-La hotels the world over, which counts both celebrities and royals – like King Mohammed VI of Morocco – as fans, Shang Palace showcases both Cantonese stalwarts and modern interpretations of classics.
Shang Palace has a substantial menu with many highlights, including a superb vegetarian selection. Arguably one of the best ways to get indoctrinated into its cuisine is by working your way through the artistically presented dim sum selection. Of the starters, we loved the moreish and tasty crispy king prawns with mango and mayonnaise.
You can’t go wrong ordering the expertly made chicken and prawn shu mai, crisp spring rolls, sticky barbecue chicken buns, traditional noodles, fried rice and delicate pan-fried tofu in truffle sauce. The restaurant has built its reputation on the Peking duck, and rest assured, it’s a feast for the palate courtesy of Chef Xu.
When we visited, we found the restaurant filled with Chinese residents and visitors looking for a taste of home in upmarket, understated oriental surroundings that steer well clear of cliches.
Best of all was the attentiveness of the staff. They are at hand to help you navigate the menu, offer helpful suggestions and even tweak the dishes to suit your tastes.
INFO: Shangri-La Hotel Dubai; 04 405 2703, shangri-la.com, @shangrila_dubai