Yi Long Court

Executive chef Tang Chi Keung presides over Yi Long Court, serving up high-end, elegant Cantonese cuisine in a luxe atmosphere.

Set on the second floor of Five-Star The Peninsula Shanghai along the Bund, Yi Long Court was designed after the home of a rich Shanghainese businessman from the 1930s. The result: stylish dark-wood tables, plush rugs and a mixture of Art Deco and modern Chinese art.

Competent and thoughtful waiters buzz around the room, serving dishes heavy on seafood and dim sum.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The service at Yi Long Court is fitting of the Five-Star hotel in which it’s located (that’s The Peninsula Shanghai). Its troupe of neat and well-coiffed waiters and waitresses take orders and serve Cantonese dishes in a tight, efficient ballet.

• The best way to experience Yi Long Court is in one of its private rooms. Most encompass all the comforts of a home dining room, but the attention and service are worthy of a Five-Star hotel.

• Yi Long Court’s executive chef Tang Chi Keung cooks up elegant Cantonese dishes with a special emphasis on fresh seafood flown in from around the world.

• This Shanghai restaurant does not have a bar in the traditional sense, but it does boast a striking tea bar with a range of exotic tea leaves on display. A tea expert is on hand to explain the differences between each of the flavors, aromas and health benefits.
Things to Know
• Don’t worry about a language barrier; head waiters and managers at the Shanghai restaurant boast excellent bilingual capabilities. However, you may have to repeat yourself several times if you don’t speak Mandarin.

• Enjoy a dim sum lunch each day from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., while dinner is served from 6 to 10:30 p.m. nightly.

• Yi Long Court suggests you adhere to a smart casual dress code, meaning no shorts or open-toed shoes. Ladies will feel most comfortable in a dress or skirt, while gents will want to don khakis or slacks and a button down shirt.
The Food
• When hairy crab season arrives in the fall, the restaurant offers a great prix fixe menu dedicated to the local specialty. Whether you choose the six-course lunch menu or the eight-course dinner option, taste the mildly sweet crustacean in everything from soup to dumplings.

• In addition to the array of luxurious and high-end starters, like bird’s nest stewed with papaya or sea cucumber, you’ll also find more creative dishes like a bowl of noodles in a lobster broth and topped with fantastic Dalian, the most famous beef in China.

• There’s also an array of dim sum options, such as barbecue pork puffs and steamed shrimp dumplings.

• Seafood preparations are simple, yet exquisite in flavor. The pan-fried scallops are a signature, though other must-tries include the shrimp-stuffed squid and the steamed red snapper cooked with ginger and onions.
The Design
• Yi Long Court boasts a stunning Art Deco interior, which was designed after the home of a rich Shanghainese merchant in the 1930s.

• The restaurant is both gorgeous and homey, with details like elaborate glass-bead chandeliers; wood floors inlaid with strips of opaque brown, maroon and white mosaic tiles; dark wooden curio cabinets holding dark blue wine goblets; and vertical sconces with scale-like shells.

• It also has some traditional Chinese elements, such as chunky and elaborately carved dark-wood chairs, curio cabinets and tables; a tea bar; and plush Oriental rugs.

• Just like at home, chairs vary from table-to-table — sometimes they feature intricately carved wood and somewhat stiff red padding of old China and other times the tables are paired with rich, velvet-upholstered seating of a more Western persuasion.
Getting There
32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai, China