1 Michelin Star, Food
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Michelin-starred Shanghai Garden

Stolen shot of the table setting at Shanghai Garden

Mr. Diplomat and I, together with other distinguished guests at the book launch, were invited to have dinner at Shanghai Garden, a high-end restaurant of the Maxim’s group. As we later found out, this restaurant was awarded 1 Michelin star in 2009.

Location From Central Station Exit J2, go right along Chater Road and left at Murray Road, where you will see Hutchinson House. The restaurant is located at the ground floor and the 1st floor. There is also a walkway that goes from Admiralty Station to this building.

Queue We didn’t have to wait as reservations were made early on by our gracious hosts.

Food We were served around 10 Shanghainese dishes of vegetables, tofu, seafood, duck, pork, beef, dim sum and fruits, which I do not know the names of as they were ordered ahead. It was then that I had my first taste of a xiao long bao, a dumpling with soup inside. According to www.luxedining.com, it is the restaurant’s steamed crab roe and pork dumpling.

One dish that lifted my senses though is the prawn dish, which, I assume, is the crab roe-sautéed fresh water shrimps that the Web site is referring to. This is like the crispy cereal crayfish of No Signboard Seafood restaurant in Singapore…only better!

Price The dinner was on our hosts, but Web sites I’ve visited are citing HKD200 to 700 per head. But no worries, because if you had too much to eat, the restaurant will accept your credit card.

I wonder why this restaurant was not included in this year’s Michelin Guide. Just the same, I would definitely drag Mr. Diplomat to come back for some more of those glorious prawns!

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