Saturday, June 14, 2008

Ye Shanghai - Modern Shanghainese cuisine

Add: House 6, North Block, 338 South Huangpi Road, Shanghai
Located: By Taicang RoadXintiandi
(area of renovated "Shikumen" old-style houses, with many restaurants)
Tel: +86 21 6311 2323
Opening hours: Daily 11.30 am - 2.30pm & 6.00pm - 10.30pm

We chose this venue for our last dinner in Shanghai ...

Lovely setting, and rather good service (Found out later the maitre'd was from Kedah, Malaysia!). Rather expensive, very small dishes, at 800 RMB (or nearly RM$400) for the six of us.

Very yummy crackers tidbits ...

Minced garlic with breaded aubergines - Pretty interesting, and tasty!

Shredded chicken with Shanghai cabbage - Bland!

Rice-crackers with seafood sauce - I didn't like the strange textured crackers!

Beancurd ... Shanghai style! Looks like pasta!

Eel ... interestingly crispy! Looks rather 'rude', but tasted oK.

Honey pork ribs - Good!

Sweet and sour pork - Give me the one from Chow Yang in SS2 PJ any-day!

Ps. As in most Shanghainese restaurants, there was a plate of ground chilli mixed with brown bean paste on the table. AND, we washed down the meal with more Tsingtao. Slurp!

Ye Shanghai is in Xintiandi, (an area of renovated "Shikumen" old-style houses, with many restaurants and shops). Ye Shanghai is housed in one of the Shikumen houses, made of grey bricks with stripes of red. We recommend that you sit upstairs (although it is not always open) as the ceilings are high and the atmosphere is better there. In the evenings, there is sometimes an excellent Chinese jazz singer who performs on the middle level. Ye Shanghai has a distinct old-Shanghai impression to it. Yet, while it maintains the traditional, it also has a slight modern feel - but not too much.
The food at Ye Shanghai is delicious. The food is not too oily (like many other Chinese restaurants in town), and it is well-presented. Try the thin bread pockets, which you can fill yourself with a tasty chicken-based mix, one of the restaurant's signature dishes.
Ye Shanghai has some nice touches, too. For example, we like the miniature chairs for diners to put their bags on.

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