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Shang Palace, Shangri-La Dubai
Nominated for Best Chinese
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In nearly every way, Shang Palace is fantastic. With a relatively tight menu focusing on Cantonese classics, the food is of a consistently high standard. Sizzling dishes are the showstopper, and this place is renowned for dim sum, but everything we’ve tried, down to the most basic soups and rice, has been authentically prepared and deliciously tasting. Staff are always on hand, meaning you’re never short of service, and even the furniture appears to have been sourced with some care, with rotating ‘lazy Susan’ tables for larger groups. The most underwhelming thing about this restaurant is simply its location, sitting on a balcony overlooking the hotel lobby, with live music and chatter drifting over from neighbouring venues and drowning out any chance of intimacy. It’s also far from cheap, with several dishes creeping over the three-figure mark. We’ve no doubt the food is worth every last dirham – but for that kind of buck we’d just hope for a little more atmosphere.
Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).


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