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[SHANGHAI] Matto Bar & Pizzeria

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Matto Bar & Pizzeria

Add: Super Brand Mall, GF50, 1/F, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu, near Lujiazui Huan Lu
.       陆家嘴西路168号, 正大广场1楼, 近陆家嘴环路
Tel: 5081 0966
Hours: 10am~midnight
Website: www.mattopizza.com
Price: [lunch sets] 68~128 RMB [a la carte] 150~250 RMB/person
Visited on: 2012-07

Please note that this is an arranged tasting.

Matto, the new pizzeria by JIA Hotel, has been generating a lot of buzz lately especially among my friends in the F&B industry. “Great food at reasonable prices” is the phrase I keep hearing. Time to trek across the river to give it a try?

“Matto” is a light-hearted term meaning ‘crazy’, ‘mad’ or ‘wild’, and this style is certainly reflected in the restaurant design. The interior is a blend of industrial and natural materials infused with a sense of play – the hand-sketched graphics and MATTO characters on the black walls both add a sense of fun and personality.

Chairs imported from New York.

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August 1st, 2012 at 11:57 am

[SHANGHAI] Brunch at Käfer by The Binjiang One

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Käfer by The Binjiang One

Add: Fucheng Lu, Shi Bu Jie, You Long Garden / 浦东富城路拾步街由隆花园, 近滨江大道
Tel: 5877 7500
Hours: 11:30am-11pm
Price: [brunch] 358 RMB [lunch] 148 RMB [dinner] 400+RMB
Visited on: 2012-06

Please note that this is an arranged tasting.

As the name suggests, Käfer by The Binjiang One is a collaboration between two entities, namely the BLN Restaurants & Caterings (most known for their Paulaner restaurants) and Germany dining brand Käfer. It’s located in a corner of Lujiazui that I’ve never ventured to before, and upon entering the airy restaurant, I was surprised to find it abuzz with a mix of local and foreign diners. The brunch deal here, 358 RMB for a free flow of wine and other drinks, an appetizer and dessert buffet, in addition to an all-you-can-eat a la carte menu, has apparently attracted quite a following.

The theme is contemporary European dining, though there are some Asian dishes on the a la carte menu as well as on the buffet table, presumably to cater to different types of guests. Green bean soup for dessert? It’s got to be a request from Chinese patrons.

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June 17th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

[SHANGHAI] Afternoon Tea at The Living Room, Park Hyatt (2)

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The Living Room at Park Hyatt

Address: 87/F, Park Hyatt Shanghai, 100 Century Avenue, near Dongtai Lu 世纪大道100号, 上海柏悅酒店87楼, 近东泰路
Tel: 6888 1234
Hours: [Afternoon Tea] 2:00pm~6:00pm
Price: [Afternoon Tea Set] 218 RMB + 15%, [Tea/Coffee] 60~65 RMB + 15%
Website: www.parkhyattshanghai.com
Visited on: 2012-02-24

I’m quite a fan of Park Hyatt’s afternoon tea set, but this time I went back to try their alluring array of à la carte desserts. Cream puffs, fresh fruit tarts, cheese cakes, mango puddings, chocolate mousse…ready for a sugar high afternoon?

The Living Room at Park Hyatt

The view

Caught this reflection by chance…please excuse the digression :)

Reflection

Reflected 

Voilà, here they are. Classic French pastries baked fresh daily, just sitting there quietly in their glistening crystal shields, tempting folks like you and I with their alluring colors.

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March 16th, 2012 at 8:52 am

[SHANGHAI] Jin Xuan 金軒 at Ritz-Carlton Pudong [2]

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Jin Xuan 金軒

Address: The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, 8 Century Avenue / 浦东陆家嘴世纪大道8号上海国金中心
Tel: 2020 1717
Hours: 11:30am-2:00pm, 5:30-1:000pm
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/shanghaipudong
Price: [Lunch] 168~300 RMB/person, [Dinner]  480~880 RMP/person
Visited on: 2012-01-14

Please note that this is a specially arranged birthday dinner, so my experience is possibly more positive than a regular visit.

Jin Xuan has been on the back of my mind ever since I had a delightful dim sum lunch there a while ago, and a friend’s birthday dinner brought us back to this opulent restaurant.

Jin Xuan 金軒

2nd floor tables

The gold, the wine red, and the purple – all looked sumptuous and sparkling in the evening.

Bird’s eye view 

Wine cellar 

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[SHANGHAI] The Ritz-Carlton Pudong: Checking Out

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The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

Address: Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue, near Lujiazui Huan Lu / 上海IFC,世紀大道8號,近陸家嘴環路
Tel: 2020 1888
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/ShanghaiPudong
Visited on:  2012-01-14

Waking up to this view, feeling on top of the world (albeit a gloomy and drizzling one). Good morning Shanghai!


Bedroom in the morning

Morning view

View 

Sit here for a while to soak up the view.

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February 6th, 2012 at 8:07 am

[SHANGHAI] The Ritz-Carlton Pudong: Checking In

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The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

Address: Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue, near Lujiazui Huan Lu / 上海IFC,世紀大道8號,近陸家嘴環路
Tel: 2020 1888
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/ShanghaiPudong
Visited on:  2012-01-14

Though I’ve previously been to The Ritz-Carlton Pudong for lunch, afternoon tea, and spa, staying at one of its Bund View Suites with Club Lounge access was an experience on another luxurious level. For those who are unfamiliar with the hotel, here’s a quick overview: The Ritz-Carlton Pudong, opened in June 2010, is located on the top 18 floors of Shanghai’s IFC Tower – a luxury shopping/office/residential complex. It’s got 258 guest rooms, all in sleek and modern design with hints of Shanghai Art Deco from the 1930s, and I was able to see the inside of it for a birthday celebration!

The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge 

Club Lounge reception

After checking-in at the Club Lounge reception, we were shown to our Club Bund View Suite, a luxurious 807 square feet space. A combination of velvet fabrics in vivid colors and clear-cut geometric shapes, the design is simultaneously sharp and soft. As we entered the room, the curtains automatically opened to a sweeping view of the bund – an especially impressive welcome on a clear day.

Suite, sitting room

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February 5th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

[SHANGHAI] Jean Georges Cooking Demonstration & Luncheon [2]

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Jean Georges Cooking Demonstration & Luncheon

Address: 4/F, Three on the Bund, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
.              广东路17号, 外滩三号4楼, 近中山东一路
Tel: 6321 7733
Website: www.threeonthebund.com
Price: 428 RMB + 10%/person
Visited on: 2011-11-19

…and he’s back! Those of you who have read this post know that Jean-Georges Vongerichten was in Shanghai 7 months ago and demo’ed three dishes to an eager audience. This time, he has returned with his latest cookbook, “Home Cooking with Jean Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes” and showcased yet another 4 of his delicious creations. What I loved most about this particular cooking class – the dishes are actually simple enough to be recreated at home. Gasp. Can you really cook like Jean-Georges Vongerichten?

Jean-Georges Vongerichten cooking demonstration

Home Cooking with Jean-Georges

Mise en place, with each plate clearly labeled “for cod”, “for salad”, “for toast,” etc.

Mise en place

Mise en place

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[SHANGHAI] The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA

Address: 55F, The Ritz-Carlton Pudong,  8 Century Avenue / 世纪大道8号浦东丽思卡尔顿酒店55楼
Tel: 2020 1888
Hours: 9:30am~10:00pm
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/shanghaipudong
Price: Signature Jade Qi Yun Treatment 1,200 RMB + 15%

What does it take to be included in “Conde Nast Traveler Hot List Spas 2011“? Let’s find out by visiting The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA, the one and only spa in Shanghai that made the hot list.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA

The decor at ESPA is clean and modern with crisp lines, dramatic angles, and Art Deco finishings. The entire place is done in white, but soft yellow lighting makes the space warm and welcoming.

Reception

At the reception, a pot of soothing tea and a simple questionnaire.

Welcome tea

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November 28th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

[SHANGHAI] High Tea at Aura, The Ritz-Carlton Pudong

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Aura Lounge & Jazz Bar, The Ritz-Carlton Pudong

Address: Ritz-Carlton Pudong, 52/F, 8 Shiji Da Dao, near Lujiazui Huan Lu
.              世纪大道8号, 上海浦东丽思卡尔顿酒店52楼, 近陆家嘴环路
Tel: 20201717/20201888
Hours: [afternoon tea] 2:30~5:00pm
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/ShanghaiPudong/Default.htm
Price: 198~268 RMB + 15%/afternoon tea set

Please note that this is an arranged tasting, so my experience is possibly more positive than a regular visit.

It was a full house when I visited Aura on a Saturday afternoon. The atmosphere was perfectly vivacious – not so quiet that I felt obligated to mute my conversations, but not so loud that it felt clamorous in the least bit. With soothing live jazz permeating the air, gracious waitresses and waiters waltzing around, and a commanding view of Lujiazui and the Bund (needless to say…) – I knew this is a place worth lingering.


Aura Lounge & Jazz Bar


The setting

The Ritz-Carlton Afternoon Tea Set (268 RMB + 15%) is a traditional three-tier affair. Though it’s designed for one person only, the abundance of food is enough to satisfy two people. Smaller sets and a la carte options are also available.


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November 5th, 2011 at 9:11 am

[SHANGHAI] Afternoon Tea at Flair, Ritz-Carlton

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Flair Rooftop Restaurant & Bar

Address: Ritz-Carlton Pudong, 58/F, 8 Shiji Da Dao, near Lujiazui Huan Lu
.             世纪大道8号, 上海浦东丽思卡尔顿酒店58楼, 近陆家嘴环路
Tel: 2020 1778
Hours: Sat & Sun 2:00pm~5:00pm (afternoon tea)
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/ShanghaiPudong/Default.htm
Price: 228 RMB + 15%/set

Please note that this is an arranged tasting, so my experience is possibly more positive than a regular visit.

Every five-star hotel has its own version of the traditional English High Tea, but Flair Rooftop Restaurant & Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Pudong is doing something quite uniquely Asian. Prawn dumplings and California roll? Yes ma’am, they’ve got them. Let’s take a look at what else is on the plate.

Flair Hi Tea Set, 228 RMB

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September 25th, 2011 at 9:08 pm