Thursday, January 19, 2017

CNY 2017: Shanghai Restaurant, JW Marriott KL

Usher in the Year of the Rooster with exquisite Shanghainese cuisine at Shanghai Restaurant, JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur. From 1 January until 11 February 2017, the restaurant will be showcasing three exclusive festive set menus as well as festive a la carte dishes, dim sum and an assortment of yee sang, specially created by Chinese Chef Wong Wing Yeuk and his team.

There will be a 6-course Chinese New Year Prosperity Menu for RM238 nett per person as well as two 9-course CNY Set Menus, priced at RM1988 nett and RM2688 nett per table of 10 persons respectively. For the menus, please scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Chef Wong, who hails from Shanghai has been with the restaurant for over 18 years. An advocate of healthy eating, this is reflected in his CNY creations, such as the yee sang which uses fresh fruits. Lime juice, olive oil and a specially concocted wasabi sauce is poured over the fresh fruits yee sang, before the prosperity toss, aka 'lo hei'. Other than the fresh fruits yee sang, diners can also choose from various other toppings such as lobster, geoduck clam, sliced abalone, jellyfish, baby abalone, salmon, Mediterranean octopus, Hokkaido sea urchin as well as vegetarian ham, with prices starting from RM88 nett.

The Double boiled superior fish maw soup with fermented black garlic, black chicken and cordyceps flower was one of the more unique soups we ate this CNY. Fermented black garlic is sweet and syrupy with hints of balsamic vinegar and is prized as a health food, as it is high in antioxidant. The soup had great depth of flavour and was nourishing and absolutely delicious!

Fish is a must during CNY as it symbolises abundance for the new year. The Pan-fried cod with a touch of brandy was excellent - beautifully crisp on the exterior, while staying moist within.

Noodles symbolise longevity, so get slurping! The Shanghainese seafood noodles with black truffle paste are handmade in-house and topped with prawns, scallops and fish fillet. The black truffle paste added extra fragrance and a luxurious touch to the dish.

Shanghai Restaurant is famed for its Steamed Shanghainese meat dumpling aka xiao long bao, so a meal here is not complete without having this delicacy. According to Chef Wong, nine out of ten guests would order this. I was very impressed as the XLB here was made with finesse and had super thin, translucent skin with a juicy filling. No wonder it is touted as the best XLB in town ;)

Our meal concluded with a refreshing and light Chilled cream of sago with mango and pomelo, as well as Pan-fried glutinous rice cake with sesame seed.

CNY Set Menus

For reservations or more information on the CNY menus, please call 03- 2719 8288 or email

Opening times: Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm (lunch); 6.30pm - 10.30pm (dinner). Sun and PH 10.30am - 2.30pm.

Location: Shanghai Restaurant, First Floor, JW Marriott KL, 183 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2719 8288

GPS Coordinates: 3.147950, 101.713831

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  1. Wow! The xiao lung pao skin is actually translucent! Impressive!

  2. Good job by Shanghai, one of the most consistently satisfying restaurants in Bkt Bintang after all these years! ;)


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