Time Out Says
If you’re looking for a quality Chinese meal between New and Old Dubai, Shang Palace should be high on your list. It may not have the hip vibe of DIFC counterparts Royal China and Hakkasan, but it’s still a relatively stylish venue, with its dynastic décor and first floor balcony setting, looking down onto the Shangri-La Hotel’s lavish lobby. A vast and easy-to-navigate menu includes broths, traditional bites and plenty of meat, seafood and vegetarian meals. But the prices for some dishes are a bit inflated considering the portions, with appetisers and main courses roughly the same size. A star starter is the crispy king prawns with mango and mayonnaise. They come with a hint of wasabi that works wonderfully with the prawn and fruit juices. The spicy sesame chicken is another generous and tasty choice. Some signature dishes however, such as the barbeque beef ribs with homemade green apple sauce, deserve less recognition than Chinese food classics like the sweet and sour chicken. Opt for the weekend brunch offers to really indulge in what Shang Palace has to offer.
THE VEGETARIAN VIEW
Tofu tends to get a bit of a bad rap. But when prepared properly, this totally vegan ingredient transforms dramatically from a flavourless silken lump to something that can add a great amount to a dish.
Famed Chinese spot Shang Palace knows this, and the restaurant’s pan-fried tofu marinated in truffle sauce is a perfectly balanced main that’s not too heavy but full of flavour.
The earthy aromas of the truffle combine perfectly with black bean, and it’s a hit.
The restaurant is perched on the balcony above the lobby of the Shangri-La on Sheikh Zayed Road, and while some of it is beautifully decorated, the fringes are a little bit nondescript.
However, the service is excellent – with the staff more than happy to explain the whole menu and make alterations to dishes to suit spice-averse tastebuds.
As well as the tofu, the dim sum selection is another favourite. Each piece is artfully presented and the basket is a cacophony of colour and texture.
We also enjoy the seaweed appetiser that’s served to every table. It’s spilling with a richly-spiced sauce and is a welcome palate cleanser before the meal.
Although famous for its Peking duck (which meat eaters, is certainly worth a try, as is the kung pao chicken) Shang Palace is surprisingly excellent when it comes to veggie food.
If you’re looking for a solid Chinese meal, then head for Shang Palace – with tofu that good you won’t be disappointed.
WHAT IS IT...
Famed Chinese restaurant from a global brand
For the superb tofu dishes
By Time Out Dubai staff | 25 Jul 2019