Shanghai’s exclusive Cantonese gem

The 55-story Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong sits in the center of the city’s sleek Financial District surrounded by futuristic skyscrapers in the heart of Lujiazui. Ascend the spiral staircase from the ground floor of the luxury hotel and you’ll find Shàng-Xí, a sophisticated Cantonese restaurant.

Greeted by the lovely maître d', you’ll be escorted into an intimate dining room with high ceilings donned with crystal drop chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. White votive candles sit atop tables lined with crisp white cloths and plush gray seats tucked under each.

This show-stopping restaurant’s interior isn’t the only part of the hype, though. With attentive service and a menu highlighting the best of Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine, Shàng-Xí is well worth the visit.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • While the interiors are jaw-dropping, the food at Shàng-Xí is the real standout. Beautifully plated dishes, like Pacific Eastern star grouper with black bean sauce served in a bamboo basket, are an appropriate accompaniment to the exquisite design.
  • The people-watching at this Shanghai restaurant is as sublime as the menu. Guests vary from business executives making deals over lunch to couples pulling out all the stops for a romantic evening to international jetsetters looking for local flavor.
  • The intimate main dining room hosts only 22 guests and affords stunning views of the nearby skyscrapers making up Shanghai’s famous skyline. Five private rooms offer an even cozier setting.
  • The à la carte menu is quite substantial; luckily it’s categorized into sections. From barbecue appetizers and soup to air-dried seafood and congee, the extensive offerings ensure you'll find something to suit your palate here.
  • An extensive wine list highlights global selections that are thoughtfully paired with the restaurant's seasonal dishes upon request.

Things to Know

  • You’ll need to make a reservation to dine at this exclusive Cantonese dining room. Shàng-Xí is almost as popular at lunchtime as it is in the evenings.
  • The dress code for Shàng-Xí is smart casual. Men are required to wear closed-toe shoes, and sleeveless shirts and shorts are prohibited.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong is a family-friendly property, and its signature restaurant is happy to accommodate little ones over the age of three. Shàng-Xí’s menu provides a variety of dishes appealing to children, including fried noodles and dumplings.

The Food

  • Executive chef Simon Choi brings a taste of Hong Kong to Shàng-Xí in a seasonal menu featuring à la carte and dim sum selections. His health-focused cuisine uses the season's freshest bounty and less oil than most Chinese restaurants.
  • Signature Cantonese ingredients like abalone, char siu barbecued pork, baby oysters, lotus leaves, congee and glutinous rice can be found throughout the menu.
  • Shanghainese seasonal favorites include the region’s famous hairy crab, usually only available from late October through early December.
  • The classic Chinese family-style sharing dishes mixed with small plates and dim sum make for a well-rounded meal.

The Design

  • The striking dining room was designed by renowned Hong Kong-based firm AB Concept to reflect a blend of urban elegance and modern Shanghainese style.
  • While the restaurant's ambiance leans toward the contemporary, the mix of greens and blues in the décor combined with peacock feather wallpaper, plush carpet and fresh flower arrangements transport you back to Shanghai’s golden age.
  • In addition to the intimate main hall, there are five additional private dining rooms, each of which is named for a semi-precious stone that inspires the lavish décor (Agate, Amber, Jade, Pearl and Purple Jade).

Getting There
210 Century Avenue, Pudong District, Shanghai
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