Shanghai Chic, Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate
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The lobby of Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate is certainly impressive, with its high ceilings and hanging Arabic lanterns, but bizarrely the restaurant itself has taken on a strange boudoir design; though modern and clean, it’s more reminiscent of a VIP club than a space for fine dining. The menu contains Western versions of Chinese dishes, but it’s a pleasant surprise to find that they have a few authentic dishes. Xiao long bao, for instance, where the steamed soup dumplings come in the traditional wooden pots with vinegar and chilli, and although the pastry is slightly too thin and you may end up in a sticky mess, the taste transports you to People’s Square in Shanghai.
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