Last month, The Bund saw the opening of one of the year’s most anticipated new restaurants in China – Shook! Shanghai. Occupying the penthouse floor of the celebrated Renaissance style The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, this widely popular dining spot is the latest from YTL Hotels out of Malaysia.
The concept behind Shook! is “dining without borders”, providing an open kitchen concept that goes a little further with an intimate setting that reveals all — nothing is hidden. The cuisine is an eclectic mix of Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian, and modern Western. The “theater concept” includes four master chefs and these four distinct cuisine types. Some signature dishes include Snow White Dancing Prawns (stir-fried prawns with hot mayonnaise sprinkled with honey-glazed walnuts), Confit of Slow-Cooked Salmon, and Cajun-Style Seabass.
Shook! originally debuted in Kuala Lumpur in 1997 and still sees a steady stream of fans that are in love with the innovative dining concept, which continues to evolve and grow.
To celebrate the official grand opening of the new location in Shanghai, Shook! is offering the ’1,2,3 Shook! Is Ready To Go Lunch’ with two courses and coffee for RMB 123 each day. For dinner, there is a more encompassing experience available, ‘A Taste of Shook!’, which is a five course menu showcasing the East meets West theater-style kitchens for RMB 988 for two.
The culinary mastermind hard at work at Shook! Shanghai is Executive Chef Kevin Cape. Cape has the distinction of being the youngest ever Sous Chef at the Connaught Hotel at just 27 years old. He has had quite a varied culinary background and has garnered inspiration from his time in places like France, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, London, the US, and Malaysia. The melting pot of influences is evidenced in some of his signature dishes like a European style cooked lamb chop that is covered in a spicy Massaman curry sauce, garnished with Thai pickled tomatoes.
Shook! Shanghai also features an interesting selection of drinks and a very impressive wine cellar. Offerings favor molecular mixology with an eye on libations created for both women’s and men’s palates in mind. Prefer the perfect bottle of wine for your special dinner? The extensive wine cellar even features two rare vertical Bordeaux collections of Cheval Blanc and Chateau d’Yquem from 1945 through 2000.
For more information and to make reservations, please see the Shook! Shanghai website or contact The Swatch Art Peace Hotel at +86 21 23298522.
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