Step into Grand Shanghai and you will find yourself transported back to 1940s with its Sino-European décor, humble band and resident songstress belting out classic Chinese songs like “The Moon Represents my Heart” (月亮代表我的心) and “Night of Shanghai”(夜上海). Complete the whole Shanghainese experience with authentic Hu cuisine at the 250-seater restaurant.
Resident songstress in cheongsam singing “Night Breeze” (晚風）
One can also enjoy live music at the bar with Shanghainese snacks and a selection of red, white and Chinese wines.
Kickstarted our dinner with Deluxe Cold Dish Combination — Drunken Chicken, Jelly Fish in Spring Onion Oil, Crystal Pork, Crispy Eel, Vegetarian Goose and Baby Cucumber with Minced Garlic. My favourite got to be the Crispy Eel. Deep-fried eel glazed with sugar and vinegar; so addictive I can’t stop eating them. The Crystal Pork was interesting with its gelatinous texture. Pretty tasty I would say!
Chicken Soup with Wonton in Claypot ($32 for small) – Wontons and baby bok choy cooked in a rich and flavourful chicken broth. A hearty bowl of classic Shanghainese soup.
Braised Lionhead Meatball with Hairy Crab Roe ($30 for small) – A giant-sized meatball atop a bed of vegetables and drenched with umami-filled hairy crab roe sauce. It was named Lionhead as it resembles the King of Beasts’ head complete with a mane. Just like the lion’s mane, the meatball was a tad dry for my liking.
Pan Fried Yellow Croaker Fish ($18/fish) – Pan-fried to perfection, the croaker fish was crispy on the outside, moist inside. Best eaten with a drizzle of lemon juice, light soy sauce and chilli padi.
Stir Fried River Shrimps ($30 for small) and Sautéed Shrimp with Salted Egg Yolk ($30 for small) – The shrimps were succulent and firm to the bite. Prefer the latter for the pleasantly grainy texture of the salted egg yolk.
Snow Cabbage with Soy Bean & Beancurd Skin ($20 for small) – A protein-packed vegetarian dish of preserved snow cabbage stir-fried with soy beans and strips of beancurd skin.
Shanghai Pork & Crabmeat Dumplings ($6 and $8 for 4pcs respectively) – Out of the two dumplings we had, I prefer the crabmeat dumpling. Felt that the broth was on the sweeter side and it would be better if the dumpling skin was thinner.
Concluded our meal with a duo of desserts — Chilled Aloe Vera with Crystal Jelly ($6) and Soufflé Egg White Ball with Red Bean Paste and Banana ($2.50 per pc, min 2 pcs). The Chilled Aloe Vera with Crystal Jelly was refreshing. As for the Soufflé Egg White Ball with Red Bean Paste and Banana, it was akin to biting into a fluffy cloud, revealing the sweet red bean paste and banana within. A perfect ending to our meal.
Keen on an authentic Shanghainese experience in sunny Singapore? From now till June 2016, bring a friend along to Grand Shanghai to enjoy 1 for 1 six-course set menu at $138++ per pax. For more information about the set menu, click here.
Address: 390 Havelock Road, King’s Centre, Level 1, Singapore 169662
Telephone: +65 6836 6866
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12pm – 2:15pm, Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:30pm daily