Shanghai Tavern is one of "The Edition" hotel gastronomic proposals, a stylish renovated gem of what used to be a historical building in the middle of East Nanjing bustling area. I have to admit once you enter there you forget you are in China: the decoration is sophisticated, the service is impeccable and the food is absolutely delicious.
Suitable for business occasions, I would recommend it to impress a client, or just for grabbing a casual –but fancy- meal with some friends. You can either choose a la carte or go with the lunch menu option: 2 courses 170RMB or 3 courses 218RMB. I went with the first option and ordered the duck leg confit in artichoke puree for appetizer and the avocado risotto as a second course. Both dishes were cautiously presented, full of well-balanced savors, high quality ingredients and most important, full of details. For example, a bread basket with butter endlessly available, extra cheese on the risotto grated by the chef directly over your dish, constant refilling of your glass without the need of calling the waitress…all this small but huge particularities make a five star restaurant.
The price is worth the place, food and service. If you are around, don't miss it! For lunch or dinner, it is without hesitation one of my favorites picks in the city.
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