Time Out Says
It’s all very updated Art Deco, offset with vibrant nods to pop art. And even with plush, velvety red banquettes, it doesn’t veer into chintzy. Weather allowing, there’s an indoor-outdoor vibe as the dining room and lush green terrace (with ample bar) extend into one another.
As far as settings go, it’s all very lovely. And yet, if only restaurants in this neck of the woods would stop piling patrons on top of each other. When the table next to us arrives, we’re all so intimately seated we could Instagram each other’s food.
They ask to move. Their request is refused. They feel awkward. We feel awkward. The staff are, well, oblivious. Thank goodness the food is impressive enough to divert everyone’s attention. Phew.
And so, to the food. Despite the name, the menu is more pan-Asian than exclusively Chinese, though the dim sum are absolute winners.
Unexpectedly, prawn toast is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes – and while reminiscent of that familiar plate, it’s an elevated version, served
in crispy, squidgy bite-sized pieces, with a drizzling of sweet chilli.
Like soft shell crab? Head here to fall in love with it, the path to true amour here greased by a slick of creamy wasabi.
Char siu beef rib also comes highly recommended, rich, sweet and packed with umami. Wok-fried vegetables with crispy garlic, meanwhile, lighten up the otherwise intensely luxurious view across the table, including daintily truffled steamed prawn har gau and magnificent wagyu and kimchi dim sum.
A plate of Szechuan prawns is the only thing that doesn’t really impress. Not that it’s a poor dish, it’s just doesn’t pack as much pizzazz as everything else we encounter.
And our encounter with Shanghai Me continues – onwards at the bar, which even on a school night is packed to the rafters.
If you’re after good food, a great atmosphere and a big helping of old-fashion glam, Shanghai Me is absolutely for you.
WHAT IS IT...
Old-school posh pan-Asian restaurant
For a lively, late-night dinner and dim sum
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 09 Mar 2020
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