Shanghai Me is everything you’d expect from a DIFC-located restaurant: fine fare offered up in the most refined of new-normal standards. Its art deco elegance is perfectly juxtaposed by the contemporary take on Cantonese cuisine.
Upon entering, we had our temperatures checked – delicately at the wrist – and were directed to our table by one of the staff members, all of whom are all clad in traditional Asian ensembles. As we took our seats and respectfully used the hand sanitiser on offer, we noticed how although the tables were kept at a safe distance apart, there was still ample room in this establishment for it to create a modest yet modern mood.
Having pre-empted the tough decision to be made, we perused the menu beforehand, although when the time came to choose, we still found ourselves stuck for options. Too many great-sounding dishes being the problem. We left our fate in the hands of the attentive, extremely knowledgeable waiter, who suggested we start with the signature yellowtail carpaccio with sliced black truffle, sesame prawn on toast, and steamed wild mushroom dumplings, complimented by the salted cucumber, avocado and coriander salad, and selection of sashimi. Although initially worried he had over-ordered, the delectable dishes were rich in flavour and petite in size. The perfect palate pleaser.
Our main came in the form of wok Szechuan prawns with mixed vegetables along with the house favourite and succulent grilled silver cod with yuzu miso sauce, washed down with a side of wok bok choy with soy, ginger, garlic. We took our time, savouring each bite with its vibrant flavours. Pleasantly satisfied and prepared to skipped dessert, we were convinced to try Shanghai Me’s go-to giant fortune cookie which comes in the form of a hazelnut-coated crispy tuile with chocolate and matcha mousse filling, as well as the delicate pandant brioche cake, served with side coconut ice cream. Safe to say, they did not disappoint.
When the time came to leave, I happened to have misplaced my face mask, and quickly, without having to leave my seat, the staff offered me a new disposable option, ensuring mine, and the safety of others, was put first. The entire experience was relaxed sophistication at its finest.
Find Shanghai Me at Gate village 11 / Podium Level DIFC Dubai UAE. For more information, call (+971) 4 564 0505 or visit shanghaime-restaurant.com