Seductive Shanghai

Seductive Shanghai Jean Georges wows diners with style, substance and dramatic views.

After years of dining around the world, both for pleasure and professionally, I am asked certain questions: What’s your favorite restaurant? What will you order for your last meal on earth? Which is best — French cuisine? Russian? Chinese? All difficult to answer, of course, but Jean Georges Shanghai is certainly up there.

I recently visited Shanghai’s most romantic restaurant, on the eve of the country’s most romantic day – Qixi – otherwise known as Chinese Valentine’s Day. The Michael Graves-designed seductive supper-club interior evokes the elegance and grandeur of old Shanghai. The amber-hued dark wood interior and gorgeous views of the Bund and the promenade complete with glowing lights and dramatic art deco buildings across the river, are a showstopper backdrop for Jean George’s signature modern classical French cuisine but with an Asian twist.

Perfectly choreographed and intuitive servers bring flawless dishes out of the open-air kitchen. The team focuses on superior, mainly organic and local fresh ingredients, creating dishes such as the delectable Lobster Tartine with pea shoots and lemongrass that gently bathes in Fenugreek broth; apple- and lime-roasted foie gras; and superbly prepared fresh sea scallops with caramelized cauliflower and caper-raisin emulsion. But the piece de résistance? The desert tasting, of course, which includes Wildflower Honey Vacherin, Citrus Sorbet, Crisp Meringue Crackling Lime Tart, Vanilla Chantilly Mousse Chestnut Soufflé with Caramel Ice Cream.

The wine cellar impresses – and holds over 500 select vintages, including some choice selections from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Rhone, and Languedoc-Rousillon. Oenophiles rejoice: There are premier cru selections, like 1982 Chateau Latour, 1985 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, and 2000 Chateau Valandraud.

Leave it to Jean Georges to make a good thing even better.

Jean Georges
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