Review on Shanghai Blues

An austere carved stone arch marks the entrance to Shanghai Blues a Chinese restaurant in the old St Giles Library on High Holborn. The interior has been given a £2.5 million makeover and now looks mightily impressive:hand-painted Shanghai silk awnings adorn the three dining rooms, the floors are of Paduk wood and the baby-blue leather chairs were upholstered in Italy.

Chef Hong Qiu Feng cooked for the Chinese government before arriving in London and he has quickly established Shanghai Blues as a high-end dim sum venue. Try out the triangular steamed scallop dumplings in spinach juice pastry, konnyaku noodle rolls with bacon, chestnut and yam puffs or a 'chilled small eat' like razor clams and jellyfish in Szechuan spices.

Seafood is a big player among the main courses: lobsters are wok-braised or steamed with tofu, while sea bass could be flavoured with Shanghai spices and chilli or served with strawberery sauce. Morning glory, spring garlic stems and lily bulbs also make their own special contribution to various other dishes.

The dessert menu is pure Chinese, with delights such as red bean and Quan Fa tea-flavoured pudding or simmered coconut and egg white. The tea list is fascinatingly obscure, and there as some fines wines to consider.

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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 12.00pm

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Facilities at Shanghai Blues

  • Pre theater meals
  • Private dining room
  • Vegetarian menu

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Shanghai Blues
193 - 197 High Holborn
Covent Garden
Central London

Nearest tube station: Holborn

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