GLOBETROTT­ING EPICURE

New open­ings in Shang­hai and Austin

Epicure - - CONTENTS -

Lo­cated along Huangpu River, The Bvl­gari Ho­tel Shang­hai is the lat­est glam­orous ad­dress heat­ing up Shang­hai’s din­ing and drink­ing scene. Of the six sig­na­ture din­ing venues, Il Ris­torante – Niko Romito stands out for con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian fare by award­win­ning chef Niko Romito (of three Miche­lin-starred Reale). Ex­pect Bro­ken Pasta with Oc­to­pus and his take on the clas­sic Tagli­atelle with Ragu to go along with exclusive lim­ited-edi­tion au­to­graphed bot­tles of Poder­n­uovo a Palaz­zone Di Gio­vanni Bul­gari (250 bot­tles avail­able; price upon re­quest). The ad­join­ing Il Bar of­fers The Bvl­gari Aper­i­tivo (free with ev­ery drink or­der) and the bril­liant sky­line and river­bank. For a cock­tail with a lo­cal twist, sip the Shi Ku Meng (price upon re­quest), a con­coc­tion of of yel­low rice wine gin and Duben­net Lil­let, which is avail­able at the rooftop bar, La Ter­razzo.

There’s also Chi­nese haute cui­sine restau­rant, Bao Li Xuan. Housed within the sto­ried Chi­nese Cham­ber of Com­merce (in­te­grated into the ho­tel), the restau­rant serves an im­pres­sive menu of Shang­hai and Hangzhou clas­sics. The Whisky Bar is steps away and of­fers an in­vig­o­rat­ing night­cap of aged grappa and rare whiskies from Ja­pan, Scot­land, Ire­land and U.S.A.

Last but not least is II Cioc­co­lato, where fine chocolate gems metic­u­lously hand­crafted by Maitre Cho­co­latier at the Bvl­gari work­shop next door flood the senses. Raw co­coa is trans­formed into de­lec­ta­ble truf­fles such as Rose­mary Lemon (RMB60/S$12), but go for the exclusive Xin­jiang Red Date & Gin­ger flavour (RMB120). No 33. North He­nan Road, Shang­hai, China, 200085. Tel: +86 21 3319 6188

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