The Peninsula Hotel Shanghai: Divine dining

Culture | by Stephan Larose
Posted: February 12th, 2010 | Updated: September 16th, 2010 | Comments
Part four of Stephan Larose's The Peninsula Shanghai brings old-school luxury back to the Bund feature article. Read on about the Peninsula's divine dining below...

Li Court in the Peninsula, Shanghai An exhausting half day in the spa is sure to build an appetite, and there’s no better place to get hungry than in the Peninsula. The hotel’s two main dining venues, Li Court and Sir Elly’s offer extensive menus, designed by chefs of international repute. The rooftop Sir Elly’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace (named after Sir Elly Kadoorie, the founder of Peninsula Hotels) is headed by acclaimed French Chef Arnaud Berthelier, whose experience at numerous one-, two- and three-star Michelin restaurants throughout Europe, including Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV, Monte Carlo; Le Saveurs, London; and La Tour d’ Argent and Michel Guerard, is brought to bear in creating globally-influenced dishes astir with French ingenuity. Li Court's Chef's Table where diners see the dynamic kitchen in action From simple masterpieces like the risotto, parmesan crisp and arugula of Sir Elly’s Black Truffle appetizer to reinterpreted classics like Wagyu Beef with king oyster mushrooms and baked apple, Berthelier has diners eating comme l’escargot—slowly, savoring every bite. And the 14th-floor Terrace itself offers views to beat even the most exclusive of suites. Michelin Star recipient Tang Chi Keung captains the Peninsula’s prestigious Cantonese restaurant Yi Long Court, where guests can enjoy mouth-watering pan-fried scallops stuffed with minced shrimp in black bean sauce, braised sliced abalone with sea cucumber and diced beef with sliced garlic in honey sauce. If you’ve never had abalone, there’s few places better to try it for the first time.

Sir Elly's "Lady Laura's" VIP dining room offers stellar views Morning breakfast buffets are done with equal aplomb. Though selection is perhaps not as plentiful as you’ll find at the pricier J.W. Marriot Tomorrow Square, the quality of items certainly exceeds that of the Jin Mao Tower’s Grand Hyatt. Be sure to try the Panettone French toast with lotus paste and citrus honey: they're fluffy, crunchy, come with a dollop of cream, and are so good they can actually make you—gasp—smile on a Monday morning. If you're feeling a little peckish, try the Peninsula’s Afternoon Tea, a signature event held in Peninsula lobbies worldwide—and proving exceedingly popular in Shanghai. Assorted treats come on three-tiered silver stands, served with an extensive selection of Peninsula teas. The rose tea found under “flavoured selection” on the tea menu was sensuously rich, and delicious. Continue on to the section of your liking: History in the making: From Astor House to the Peninsula Hotel A room with a view Making the most of the facilities Exploring: the Bund and Beyond All pictures courtesy of the Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai
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