Shanghai Me: A slick 1930s-inspired fine Asian restaurant

Located in the well-heeled Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Shanghai Me brings a slick 1930s-inspired aesthetic and incredible, fine Asian cuisine to the UAE. Join your friends at The Huntr as we present the juicy details…

Celebrated architect Michele Bonan has created an Art Deco haven in this DIFC fine dining gem. We loved the expansive terrace, which features bamboo and banana trees and makes you feel as if you’ve escaped some hip outdoor bar in Asian and inside, the opulent furnishings and the cosy corners, which bring all of the 1930s vibes. There’s also a secret private dining room, which is concealed from the main dining area and offers the ultimate VIP experience, a DJ booth for when the party starts and a lounge area for luxuriating with cocktails.

The brainchild of the Dubai-based Bulldozer Group, the Shanghai Me menu offers a “contemporary approach to fine Asian cuisine.” As such you’ll find a variety of classic dishes (which are built to share), including bao, dim sum, seafood, fish, meats, Cantonese roast duck and sushi and sashimi. The Huntr started our Shanghai Me lunch experience with Yellowtail and Sliced Black Truffle (70AED), a signature dish of the kitchen and it’s easy to see why. The Sesame Prawn on Toast (80AED), another signature, followed and we enjoyed it just as much if not more. Next, we opted for the Braised Wild Mushroom Dumplings (45AED) and the Steamed Prawn and Truffle Dumplings Har Gau (55AED), both were perfectly cooked and delicious. The Sliced Tuna with Coriander and Green Chili (80AED) is a must-order for all raw tuna lovers and the Spicy Tuna Tartare Cut Roll (95AED) was also noteworthy. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful crispy and light textures of the Crispy Duck with Pine Nuts and Cress (100AED), which was mixed at the table and the Chinese Cucumber, Avocado and Coriander (60AED) featured a stunning dressing that we couldn’t get enough of.  For the main event we opted to share four dishes between the three of us. The vegan-friendly Mushroom and Truffle Rice Clay Pot (120AED), which had a kick of sour and salty flavours along with the delicious mushroom and truffle, the Udon Noodles with Spicy Wagyu Ragout (230AED) – thick udon noodles covered in a slurpy and delicious wagyu sauce, the moreish sweet and sour Szechuan Prawns (170AED) and the Wok Beef with Garlic and Black Pepper Sauce (150AED), which featured very tender cubes of mouth-watering beef.

The three desserts we shared to round off a sublime lunch on a sweet note were all wonderful. The Giant Fortune Cookie (55AE) was not only fun, but delicious and is comprised of a crispy biscuit coated in hazelnut with a chocolate and matcha mousse filling, the Milky Homemade Cake (60AED) served with mango, banana, passionfruit compote and sesame ice-cream and the Banana Nems (50AED) – fried banana spring rolls with jackfruit served with red beans and chocolate dip.

The bar at Shanghai Me is fully licensed and offers a variety of eye-catching cocktails, mocktails, alcoholic and soft drinks – it’s the kind of place that you can visit for swanky after-work cocktails or to have a small nibble and some drinks with friends. All and all this DIFC eatery is the perfect place to impress clients, enjoy a romantic date, celebrate a special occasion or to kick back with loved ones for an opulent weekend lunch as we did. And with an atmosphere like this and food this good, you can bet your bottom dirham that we’ll be back… After all: It’s not often we rate a place a full house of 9s.

Insider tips: Complimentary valet parking available for dining guests (just get your ticket validated/stamped). Advanced reservations recommended to avoid disappointment. Open daily for lunch and dinner, 12-3pm for lunch and 7-11pm for dinner. Drinks available from 12noon until 2am Saturday-Wednesday and 12noon until 3am on Thursdays and Fridays. 

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