Good Eats

Ginkgo Revisited

Something miraculous happened. Every time I dined at Ginkgo, I landed up with a fantastic quarter sales.

I read somewhere that Gingko was the brainchild of LKY’s private Japanese chef, the late Santaro Li. Can someone verify this in the comments?

Ginkgo is a Japanese restaurant and bar situated in a dramatic modernist building in the open air plaza of Raffles city Changning, in the Shanghai city center.

It boasts a broad seafood-led menu that covers sushi, grilled dishes, noodles, sashimi and more.

Assorted sashimi
Grilled belt fish

Resembling a long slender eel or sword fish, the belt fish when grilled or pan fried till crispy golden brown is one of the best methods to elevate this simple fish to the next level of goodness. Here the chef grilled the flesh and pan fried the bones for two different texture, and the grilled fish went very well with the Himalayan salt. The way the fish was braided for presentation was astounding.

Set lunch (grilled saba and tempura)

And for lunch they served set lunches that were reasonably priced that come with an assortment of dishes.

Meticulously presented

Even for lunch, they came in these multi-layered lacquered boxes that unveiled into the different dishes.

Matcha ice cream with sweetened red bean

Unfortunately, while it helped my sales, their business was not too good and they closed in 2019.

Ginkgo Japanese Restaurant 银杏屋
Outside Plaza, 1/F, Raffles City Changning, 1199 Changning Lu, by Kaixuan Lu
长宁路1199号,近凯旋路长宁来福士广场
Tel : +86 21 6299 0213

Date Visited : Dec 2018

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