Throwback to the '30s
The iconic Grand Shanghai has reopened and the refurbished interiors are wonderfully evocative of 1930s old Shanghai. The cavernous main dining hall is fitted with crystal chandeliers, mirrored ceilings, green velvet banquettes and plush seats. The venue is perfect for a soirée with a show to boot; the live music stage boasts a backdrop of the Bund and hosts a roster of three musicians who will serenade guests with classic Chinese and Cantonese hits.
Head chef Jacky Tang stays true to the roots of Shanghainese cuisine while adding influences from his past stints in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore. Demonstrating his flair for the dramatic are dishes like Light and Shadow Crispy Duck. Paper-thin duck slices are dried and marinated with wasabi before they are perched on an elaborate, made-to-order osmanthus syrup sculpture. The Grand Shanghai Smoked Duck is another winner; juicy slices of meat are perfumed with tea and osmanthus smoke, and served alongside pillowy homemade steamed buns. Level 1, King’s Centre, 390 Havelock Road. Tel: 6836 6866