Wednesday, April 26, 2006
The YongFoo Elite, Shanghai
This place (200 Yongfu Road, 21-54662727) was interesting. It is supposed to be quite exclusive, entertaining celebrities and heads of state, and decorated in a very artsy-sophisticated fashion in one of the former European parts of town. It all reflected in the food too. Clearly with a bit of fusion in mind, we started with some kind of salad featuring avocado and grapefruit in a wasabi dressing but with cold marinated meats Chinese-style (eating salad - and slices of avocado - with chopsticks is quite a chore, mind you). Fortunately, it was not all like that - there were some traditional Chinese dishes like the sauteed fresh water shrimp as well as the kung pao chicken. The meal finished off with some sweet and sour fish and - interestingly enough - a single dumpling sitting in its own tiny little steamer for an individual serving. It had hairy crab roe inside, which is apparently a delicacy in this part of the world (BTW, that's roe from a hairy crab, not crab roe with hair on it), thus giving it a nice taste (although I wish we had gotten the whole crab).
Anyway, that's all. This wasn't bad food, and it's everything you'd expect from a nice place. But honestly, I'd rather go on the street and get just a bowl of noodles for much cheaper (and much more of an emotional reaction).
Digested at 10:11 PM
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