Housed in the Gothic-style Holborn Hall, formerly the St. Giles Library, this Shanghainese restaurant combines the aesthetics of a clubby cocktail lounge and a traditional Chinese teahouse. The bar is illuminated with neon blue lights, while the two dining rooms contain hanging lanterns, cherry blossom wall prints, and white-clothed tables topped with red votive candles. On Friday and Saturday evenings, live jazz and blues music fills the space. In addition to entrées like the barbecued pipa (banjo) duck, the restaurant also serves inventive dim sum dishes like the “mini golden pumpkins”: pumpkin-juice pastries filled with fresh pumpkin and Chinese mushrooms.
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From Food & Wine , JUL 2005
Located in a former library, Shanghai Blues effortlessly bridges the gap between old and new Chinese, with silk awnings, powder blue chairs and sophisticated lighting. The restaurant does imaginative and spanking fresh dim sum (squash, prawn and minced pork dumplings, for example), and the cocktails are deftly mixed....MORE