An Authentic Shanghaiese Fine-Dine: Joining the Hong Kong restaurant scene this January, Gold Garden Shanghai Cuisine guarantees an authentic meal from one of the Four Major Chinese Cuisines in town. Whether you are in for a casual or formal meal, the house provides its guests with an exclusive and personal dining experience that ensures privacy with its interior designed by the renowned In Cube Design.
Look & Feel: Staying true to the original Geyuan Garden in Yangzhou, China, the restaurant recreates its serene environment with an alpine garden-inspired interior that reenacts the scenery exactly as described in those Chinese poems. Guests in the private rooms get to dine in front of the beautiful backdrop of the Victoria Harbour.
On the Menu: Come hungry for the 100-plus dishes the restaurant has to offer, counting seasonal seafood, traditional home dishes and signature Shanghainese treats.
Interpreting traditional dishes with a modern twist, Gold Garden’s pan-fried xiaolongbao are a must-try. For this dish, you see the dainty dumplings on a steaming hot skillet instead of inside of a bamboo steamer, which adds an extra crunch to the soft wrapper. Drop it like it’s hot into your mouth and expect an outbreak of flavors of the pork filling and stock ensemble.
Apart from the fancy options, the restaurant also exposes guests to comfort food that can be found on tables at every Shanghainese home. The team updated the traditional recipe and presents Steamed Beancurd and Crab Roe with Bamboo Pith served to boil in Ishinabe, a Japanese stone pot. Simple yet powerful, the silky soft tofu and crispy beancurd are a match made in heaven to complement the rich umami of crab roe.
Jeng: The restaurant provides an all-around exposure to the Shanghainese food culture.
Not So Jeng: The prices can be quite steep.
Great For: With its spacious public dining area, semi-private rooms and private rooms that host up to 24 guests, the restaurant is a great pick for cozy family get-togethers, business lunches and private dinners.
FYI: Gold Garden Shanghai Cuisine now offers a 20% discount during afternoon tea hours.
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