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Shang Palace does remarkably well in creating its own, distinct dining space despite being so exposed to the atrium of the lobby below. Live piano music does drift up to the restaurant’s first-floor balcony, yet that’s by no means unpleasant, and the venue’s classical Chinese instrumentals and tasteful interior successfully set the tone. We especially like the typically Chinese rotating glass platforms at the centre of larger tables – great for sharing dishes among friends. Shang Palace does dim sum well, and there’s a separate menu featuring both steamed and fried varieties – try the ‘fen guo’ with black fungus and shrimp. There’s also a great selection of soups, plenty of beef and poultry dishes, including crispy duck (you’ll need to order the whole bird, as half portions are unavailable), as well as a relatively small seafood offering, tofu, vegetable, noodle and rice options (the lotus rice is a standout). It’s not cheap, but this is certainly not just your average hotel lobby eatery.
Open for lunch Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3pm, Fri 11am-3pm; dinner daily 7pm-11.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.shangri-la.com/dubai (04 405 2703).
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