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By Gayatri Bhaumik | July 7th, 2020
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  • Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui

Shanghai Chic: yè shanghai is renowned for its stylish, modern spin on Shanghainese cuisine, and the brand is now bringing its expertise to a quiet corner of the swish K11 Musea mall in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Look & Feel: Stylish, of course, and yet, with only light references to Shanghai via some art on the walls. Created by EC Studio, the duplex restaurant offers two different ambiances. Upstairs, the airy first-floor dining room features a large bar area, floor-to-ceiling windows, minimalist furnishings in earthy tones, soft Art Deco touches, and a rather lovely outdoor terrace with unique views over Victoria Harbour. Downstairs, there’s little more warmth, intimacy, and ambiance with plush booths, private dining areas, and circular tables dressed in white table cloths.

yè Shanghai interiors

On the Menu: An extensive dim sum menu and a host of signatures created just for this yé shanghai outpost. Think Shanghai Rice Cake with Eight Treasures ($220), Steamed Minced Pork with Cod Fish (HK$220), and Sautéed Shredded Mandarin Fish (HK$320).

Our meal started with an appetite-whetting medley of the signature Bean Curd Skin Rolls with Avocado, Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs, King Oyster Mushroom with Spring Onion Sauce, Tea Leaf Smoked Egg, and Garlic Cucumber. Next up? A soup of chicken, wontons, and greens which had lots of potential but was unfortunately, rather lacking in flavor.

What followed had rather more promise. There was a stir-fried river prawns dish of prawns and peas that was light and fresh (though again, rather bland), and baked stuffed freshwater crab shell that was rather more interesting. Without a doubt, though, the highlights of our meal were the beautifully rich and textured sweet and sour fish, and the braised beef rib with brown sauce. The dessert was also a treat – the mango cheesecake was delightfully light and not overly sweet.

Overall, the food was a little bland, but having looked over the menu, that may just be the dishes we tried. If you’re planning to eat here, peruse the menu carefully before you make your choices.

There’s a great selection of tea to go with your meal – we choose jasmine – as well as an extensive wine and drinks menu. Surprisingly, there’s no bubbly available by the glass, so we chose a well-balanced red that easily tempered the food.

Great For: Nice group dinners.

FYI: If you’re dining upstairs, book a booth; if you’re downstairs, ask for one of the semi-private rooms.

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