Nice atmosphere and good food
Posted on 09 / 15 / 2008
We've been here a few times now and really enjoyed it. This location is much nicer than their spot in Super Brand Mall in Pudong. The seating is in plush red booths and the atmosphere is almost club-like with black mirrored ceilings, but subdued. The staff here is very attentive and friendly and there are some nice city views.
Food-wise, everything looks good. We haven't tried the more expensive menu items, yet, but everything we have tried is nice (except for the sesame phoenix mentioned in the other locations' review). In particular, the tofu in a clay pot is really tasty and cheap. The beggar's chicken itself is really good, but there's not much of it--most of the dish is boiled peanuts with a few chestnuts. The celery with lily bulb and the green beans with chili on rice cakes are nice veggie dishes. The dumplings are good as are the spinach noodles.
One word about those--they really aren't like the picture which shows green noodles and some dipping sauce. They come out that way, but then the server will pour a cup of soup with diced mock meat and veg on top, then mix it up for you and add some chili and soy sauce if you like. Much more filling than we thought it would be and only 18 kuai.
We've only tired the red bean paste stuffed sesame balls for dessert which are nice. They have a large selection of beautiful cakes, but I haven't yet asked if they are vegan. It seems that while there is no egg used here, they might use dairy. (The menu only says "no meat, fish, or egg".)
Nice upscale atmosphere, Friendly service, Good food
Food is pretty oily, Mostly mock meats--not much plain veg