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

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Jin Xuan 金軒

Add: 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-2pm, 5:30pm-1am
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/shanghaipudong
Price: [lunch] 168~300 RMB/person [dinner]  480~880 RMP/person
Visited on: Jan 2012

Please note that this is an arranged tasting.

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.

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

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February 8th, 2012 at 8:30 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] The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA

Add: 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-10pm
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/shanghaipudong
Price: Signature Jade Qi Yun Treatment 1,200 RMB + 15%
Visited: Nov 2011

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 list.

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.

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

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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

Add: Ritz-Carlton Pudong, 52/F, 8 Shiji Da Dao 世纪大道8号, 上海浦东丽思卡尔顿酒店52楼
Tel: 2020 1717 / 2020 1888
Hours: [afternoon tea] 2:30-5pm
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com
Price: 198~268 RMB + 15%/afternoon tea set
Visited: Nov 2011

Please note that this is an arranged tasting.

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 full view of Lujiazui and the Bund – I knew this is a place worth lingering.



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

Add: Ritz-Carlton Pudong, 58/F, 8 Shiji Da Dao 世纪大道8号上海浦东丽思卡尔顿酒店58楼
Hours: [afternoon tea] Sat & Sun 2-5pm
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/ShanghaiPudong/Default.htm
Price: 228 RMB + 15%/set
Visited: Sep 2011

Please note that this is an arranged tasting.

Every five-star hotel has its own version of the traditional English High Tea, and 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.

There are two types of tea sets at Flair, a “Flair Hi Tea Set” and a “Roof-top Hi Tea Set”, both priced at 228 RMB + 15%. Depending on which set you order, you can either get….

Spring rolls with tamarind sauce (Roof-Top Tea Set) or vegetable samosas (Flair Tea Set).

Teriyaki chicken roll (Roof-Top Tea Set) or smoked salmon Californian roll (Flair Tea set).

A quartet of mango soup with pomelo, ginger creme brulee, coconut meringue tartlet, and green tea cheese cake for the Rooftop Tea Set.

Or a set of lemon grass panna cotta, green tea and red bean pudding, sticky rice with mango and coconut cream, and chocolate mousse for the Flair Tea Set.

Both sets come with a cinnamon raisin scone with marmalade and clotted cream.

As well as baked BBQ pastry, prawn dumplings, and pork siew mai.


Both the sweet and the savory are of satisfying quality. Nothing extraordinary, but satisfying. I especially liked the prawn dumpling and pork siew mai, which are made by the Kitchen of Jin Xuan, an excellent Cantonese restaurant on the 53rd floor of the Ritz.

And of course, both sets come with the spectacular view of the Pearl Tower and the bund that Flair is most known for. On a clear day, the view would be quite breathtaking. Especially now that the weather in Shanghai has cooled down to a comfortable temperature, the patio would be an ideal spot to spend the afternoon away.

A few last words on service. When we complained that the AC was too strong, the waitress was unable to adjust the setting (apparently it’s centrally controlled) but was quick to bring us some scarves. A nice gesture.

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