Cheng Long Hang 成隆行蟹王府 @ Shanghai, China


Even though it was not crab season during our visit, we still could not resist looking for crab dishes.  One can tell from the name of the restaurant that it specialises in crabs.

Old fashioned Chinese deco, even have live Chinese music.

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Since crabs are not in season, we didn’t bother to order whole crabs and instead aim for other interesting crab dishes.

Crab Meat & Roe Jelly – flavour was not strong

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Chilled Crab Roe Cake – it was pretty but the flavour didn’t really come outIMG_1753

Crab Roe & Meat – we moved on to the real stuff…tasty!  the black pearls on the side were actually vinegar to be eaten with the crab

IMG_1741 Soft Crab Roe with Vermicelli Sheet (蟹膏银皮) – simply divine! the male crab roe was rich, chewy and full of flavor!IMG_1742

Xiao Long Bao with Crab Roe – very juicy!IMG_1744 And the skin was so thin!IMG_1751 IMG_1746 Somehow I wanted to have scallops that night – generous portion, cooked well.
IMG_1756Glutinous Rice Dumplings in Osmanthus & Fermented Rice Wine – perfect ending of the night.
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This restaurant has a few branches.  Reservations is recommended.

I would definitely come again when I crave for crab roe dishes next time.

Fu 1088 @ Shanghai, China


I learned about the series of Fu restaurants from Asia’s Best Restaurant list.  The restaurant situates in a gorgeous colonial mansion in the former French Concession.  There is a minimum charge of RMB300 per head.

Cold Drunken Chicken – meat was tender but not quite enough wine flavor for my tasteIMG_1649Chilled Razor Clams – clams were fresh and meat was crunchy IMG_1650 Cold Smoked EggIMG_1651Stir Fried River Shrimps – this is a classic Shanghainese dish but sad to say the shrimps were rather blandIMG_1652 Crab roe with toast – this was not bad but I was looking for stronger flavor, maybe crabs weren’t in season
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Stir Fried Eel in Hot Stone Pot – this was good, hearty portion.IMG_1656
Glutinous Rice Balls with Osmanthus and Fermented Rice – again, another classic dish but wine and fermented rice were too mildIMG_1658

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We had very high expectations on this meal and we were looking for the authentic taste of Shanghainese food.  However, overall even though the cooking were executed well, we felt that the flavor have been toned down too much.

Mr & Mrs Bund @ Shanghai, China


A very chic and spacious restaurant.  A mix of classic and creative French dishes.

IMG_1635 IMG_1630 Complimentary fish mousse with toasts – very tastyIMG_1629 Frog legs garlic parsleyIMG_1633 Beef tartare IMG_1634 Boston lobster in citrus jar – steamed in the jar with citrus, lemongrass and vanillaIMG_1638

Steamed to perfection – tender, juicy and flavorful IMG_1642 Dauphinois Serrano Truffle Brie – potato gratin, Serrano ham, truffle & brie cheeseIMG_1640 Tripes “Sauce Piquante” – slow braised beef tripes, a traditional French dishIMG_1636

Hearty portion of tripes – my favourite of cow innards… usually I get to have tripes at dim sum restaurants only, can’t resist when I saw it on the menu.🙂
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The highlight of the night was this incredible lemon – “Lemon & Lemon Tart”

IMG_1643 The inside of the lemon was filled with lemon sorbet, lemon curd and vanilla chantilly.  The lemon was candied and not bitter at all. IMG_1645

They have a very comprehensive food and drink menu, looking forward to our next visit to try more!

M on the Bund @ Shanghai, China


It had been more than 12 years since we last dined here. It was a hazy night but the view of the Bund was still magnificent. The restaurant’s warm and nostalgic ambience makes it a great place to unwind and have a relaxing dinner after a busy day.

IMG_1612 IMG_1613 IMG_1614 King crab frittersIMG_1615 Clear seafood broth with scallops, shrimps, kingfish, clamsIMG_1616 Crispy suckling pigIMG_1618 Braised veal cheek & tongue – best dish of the night, both the cheek and tongue were very tender. IMG_1619 Salted caramel praline souffle with peanut crunch ice-cream – a bit sweet to my taste.IMG_1621

Cliché @ Adelaide, Australia


The restaurant is just about 10-mins walk from the serviced apartment we stayed at in North Adelaide. Cool deco, excellent food, great place for groups.IMG_1234 IMG_1235 IMG_1236 IMG_1243

Lobster & prawn filled crepesIMG_1239 Beef tartareIMG_1240 Pan seared scallops – cooked perfectlyIMG_1242 Pork ribsIMG_1248 Slow braised beef cheekIMG_1251

We add an early dinner and managed to catch the first round of New Year’s Eve firework!

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