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Jean Georges Shanghai is an outpost of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s famed New York counterpart. When booking a table at this top restaurant, there are five things you should know:
1. The window tables at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant afford great views of both sides of the city skyline — the stately turn-of-the-century buildings on the Bund and the futuristic skyscrapers on the Pudong side of the Huangpu River.
2. Save room for Jean Georges’ signature molten chocolate lava cake, served with a pristine scoop of vanilla ice cream and a shot of hot chocolate. While this dessert is a staple on fine-dining menus, Vongerichten was the one to invent this chocolate lover’s dream.
3. The private back room at the Shanghai restaurant, which can seat up to 26 people, was designed to look like Bordeaux’s wine caves. This room will give you a peek into the restaurant’s wine cellar.
4. Jean Georges Shanghai is housed in Three on the Bund, a six-story Neo-Renaissance building that dates back to 1916.
5. In an effort to use the freshest ingredients, the menu at Jean Georges changes seasonally. But you can always count on seeing fish on the menu. Vongerichten first became famous for his way with fish, and executive chef Paul Eschbach continues his legacy with luscious dishes like sautéed sea bass with purple potato ravioli, and kingfish sashimi with a sherry vinaigrette and toasted pecans.