As with his highly touted namesake restaurant in New York City, the illustrious Jean-Georges Vongerichten has re-created his fine-dining success in Shanghai by combining Old World French cuisine with a bit of local color. Housed in a lovingly restored 1916 Neo-Renaissance building, Jean Georges Shanghai is located on the Bund, a waterfront stretch of 52 buildings in varying architectural styles. From the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, you can look out onto both the historic Bund and the glittering Pudong skyline across the river. New York architect Michael Graves designed the restaurant, and its high, coffered ceilings lined with copper and the dark wood pillars and banquettes reflect the warm light that glows from tableside lamps and pours through the large windows.
Whether you’re popping in for a special two-course lunch with dessert, a prix fixe dinner or weekend brunch, the menus for all three meals are short but include the kitchen’s best. To try several dishes, we recommend coming for lunch. On the menu are enticing dishes that fuse traditional French cooking with Asian techniques, such as red snapper crusted with nuts and seeds and a moreish sweet and sour sauce. The dessert menu includes Vongerichten’s signature dessert, which legend says he himself invented — molten chocolate lava cake, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a hot chocolate shot.
Though the food menus at the Shangahai restaurant aren’t lengthy, the drinks list certainly is. Don’t miss the well-curated champagne selection.