Gathering Clouds specializes in Yunnan cuisine, a rare find in Shanghai. The restaurant focuses flavors that aren't to sweet or too spicy. Their signature dishes include Rushan cheese, pulled beef, shrimp cakes, and other Yunnan specialties.
The food. It was by far the worst “Yunnan food experience” I’ve had. Yunnan food is one of my favorite Chinese cuisines, and with the enthusiastic recommendations of a good gf (whose gourmet opinions I highly respect), expectations were set high. The décor was clean and modern, the second floor even had a nice outdoor terrace. The staff was friendly and patiently took our order. Then the food arrived…and everything went sour (almost literally).
The goat cheese was typical, no harm no foul. But the fresh vegetable wraps were bland, skin was too thick, and the dipping sauce lacked some much-needed personality. The border steamed beef in bamboo tube was salty AF… an as”salt” (haha) on my taste buds! The yellow curry beef was half decent, sauce was a bit too thick and floury for my taste, although that one is on us – why we ordered yellow curry at a Yunnan place is beyond me.
I really wanted to “make me love this place” (as my gf had promised she would do). I can never get enough of my fill of Yunnan food, and I am a fan of the “fancier” Chinese concept that serves a decent wine list and a cocktail menu (a la Sichuan Citizen, Lost Heaven). Especially fun to take out-of-town guests. But I don’t think I’ll be returning here anytime soon (sorry, MW!)
The Gang: Mixed crowd, more sophisticated business than casual.
The Damage: Approx. 500RMB for three, including 1 cocktail. Price per dish avg around 78-88RMB.
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