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The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong has two in-house restaurants: Scena, where you can dig into hearty Italian food, and Jin Xuan, which serves traditional Cantonese cuisine. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel also boasts afternoon tea spot Aura, cocktail lounge Flair and ground-floor lounge Aroma, all of which serve smaller bites.
Scena is the most family-friendly of the bunch. For breakfast, it offers a varied buffet where you can get anything from thick fried Hong Kong-style noodles and thinly wrapped watercress dumplings to eggs and croissants. But for lunch and dinner, it’s all Italian. In addition to serving dishes like pan-fried scallops in blood orange jus with asparagus and an organic vegetable medley, it also has a kids menu. Featuring child-friendly portions, the kids menu includes fried rice with chicken and egg, chicken nuggets with ketchup, and a double-chocolate brownie.
For a more formal dining experience, go to Jin Xuan on the 53rd floor. When you sit down to the red-topped table, be sure to order the roasted duck, kiwi and green mango salad, or the deep-fried baby river shrimp. Popular rooftop lounge Flair is all about the signature cocktails — try the Oriental Pearl, made with Chivas, raspberry puree, lemongrass and pineapple juice — amazing views and shareable Asian plates. We love the skewers here, particularly the grilled scallops with sundried tomato sambal, as well as the pork massaman curry with sweet potato and roasted peanut. Aura is where you’ll find the Shanghai hotel’s afternoon tea, which serves up scones, finger sandwiches and sinfully delicious desserts. Of course, bold purple-and-white-striped teapots carry flavors like rose. For a quick bite on the ground floor of the luxury hotel, head to Aroma for sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes and Asian noodles.