Any news about the opening of a new restaurant is exciting news for all foodies. When I got an invite for dinner at the recently opened Shanghai Club at ITC Welcomhotel’s newest property in Dwarka, I happily accepted, even though Chinese is not one of my favorite cuisines.
Having braved the peak hour evening traffic it was indeed a pleasure to find an open spacious restaurant with a contemporary feel and the bonus was a swanky Japanese Sushi Bar which one was least expected in a Chinese restaurant.

Sushi Master Venecio Cadavida from the Philippines who has worked with Dubai based restaurant Zuma has created a superb menu consisting of Sashimi and Sushi, which includes a great variety of Maki , Nigiri and some of Chef’s Special Creations.

The meal began with a very attractive mixed platter, and the presentation was eye-catching. I started with the Hamachi and Salmon Sashimi , which was very fresh. Among the Nigiri, the Unagi or grilled eel, Maguro or the yellowfin tuna and the Cuttlefish were so well seasoned that one did not need to use the soya sauce.The California Uramaki with crab avocado and flying fish roe and Spicy Tuna Uramaki were delicious.

Now coming to the Chinese part of the meal. What immediately stands out is the way the Menu Card is designed.The Appetizers Soups and Mains are divided into region- wise specialties Shanghai, Beijing Sichuan, Hunan and Shanghai Club Signatures, and it is easy to make a choice from the Vegetarian Seafood Poultry and Meat sections.

I tried the Steamed Scampi with shallots and ginger and Stir Fried Chicken with Sichuan pepper and dry chili both of which were excellent. The Spinach Tofu was average, while I did not much care for the Lamb Chops finding them cloyingly sweet. One of the signature dishes is the “sizzling rice ” which is made by first baking Jasmine rice for around two hours and then deep frying it. It is served with a sweet and sour sauce.

The piece de resistance, however, was the dessert “Steamed Coconut Parcels” which is the best I have ever had. Since Chinese cuisine is really not known for its desserts, this is indeed a USP of Shanghai Club.

The restaurant is open only for dinner during weekdays and both for lunch and dinner on weekends. It is very reasonably priced, even though it is a 5 star. Being situated in Dwarka could be the reason. Those of you who would like to try out a new place Shanghai Club is a good bet.

{ Picture courtsey WelcomHotel }

Guest Post by Lavina Kharkwal
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