Certain restaurants create lasting impressions by telling a story, and a meal at Fifty 8° Grill weaves an evocative tale. Go back in time to the 1930s, where dark leather, satisfying spirits and plenty of steak reigned supreme during a night out. Housed within Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, this new restaurant oozes classic Manhattan with its patterned floor and impressive glass-enclosed wine case. Large windows and alfresco tables on a lush green space prevent any stuffiness, and an affable staff is on hand to create a cohesive experience from start to finish.

While you may be taken aback by the design of Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Fifty 8° Grill — the name referring to the idyllic core temperature of a medium rare steak — the modern-French food by famed chef Richard Ekkebus takes center stage. A smattering of mouth-watering meat plates such as black pepper beef short rib or pork belly with clove, mustard and brown sugar are cooked to perfection thanks to their preparation over a wood fire, and signature starters run the gamut from langoustines with mayonnaise to scallops with porcini fricassée. But any good meal requires a glass or two of wine to wash everything down, especially at Fifty 8° Grill, who recently nabbed the award for “Best New Wine List” from the China Sommelier Association. Cheers to that, indeed.

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