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Gui Hua Lou 桂花樓 @ Shanghai

桂花樓 Gui Hua Lou, an award-winning fine-dining Chinese restaurant, offers authentic Huaiyang, Cantonese, Shanghainese and Sichuanese cuisines, right inside Shangri-La Pudong.

Chef Sam Gao

Chef Gao Xiao Sheng, also known as Chef Sam, has nearly 30 years of Huaiyangnese culinary experience. The 50-year-old chef is fond of blending culinary influences with his own recipes and takes great pleasure in creating dishes with the new ingredients he discovers on a regular basis. His expertise lies in Huaiyangnese and Cantonese style cuisines. Gui Hua Lou’s dishes embody Chef Gao’s culinary philosophy of blending Huaiyang and Sichuan cooking styles.

The Food

I will not go into individual courses, as I wasn’t that impressed by their quality. Nothing stood out.

Salty duck Nanjing style 鹽水鴨
Wild vegetable with smoked beancurd 百葉捲馬蘭頭
Boiled minced meat ball in superior broth 淮揚清燉獅子頭
Stir-fried shrimp and shredded pork 炒蝦碰
Sautéed richfield eel with ginger and garlic 淮安軟兜
Yangzhou style stewed shredded beancurd skin 淮揚煮乾絲
Deep fried yellow croaker with sweet and sour sauce 松鼠黃花魚
Yangzhou fried rice 揚州什錦炒飯
Stir fry bean shoots 清炒豆苗

The famous restaurants in all Shangri-La are Shang Palace, many of which got Michelin stars. Gui Hua Lou, while competent, was not worthy of the Michelin nod. We can get better Shanghainese food, say, at Spring in Shanghai and at a lower price. But the service and the setting were perfect for business lunches.

Gui Hua Lou 桂花樓
富城路33号香格里拉大酒店浦江楼1楼(近名商路) – 1/F Pudong Shangri-La Hotel, 33 Fucheng Rd (浦东新区 New Pudong District)
Tel : +86 v21 2828 6888

Date Visited : Sep 2019

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