Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of New Shanghai.
Serving up New Shanghai’s signature Chinese cuisine inspired by traditional delicacies found on the streets of Shanghai, the chain has earned great critical acclaim across Australia.
The Melbourne restaurant has a relaxed ambience which exudes an atmosphere of authenticity, transporting diners straight to a 1930s Shanghai street.
Vintage Chinese posters adorn the walls and plants wrapped around ornate metal screens and hand-laid cobblestone tiles create clever accents throughout the dining area.
Diners can see the chefs in action via a live dumpling making theatre.
Sheng Jian Bao – Pan Fried Pork Bun
While many Chinese restaurants in Melbourne serve the Sheng Jian Bao, New Shanghai’s variety are a cut above. The skin of the fried dumplings possessed the perfect thickness and signature crispy and fluffy texture without being overly doughy. The Ground pork and chopped cabbage filling was well seasoned and each bun possessed a wonderfully golden, crispy bottom.
New Shanghai Crab Meat Xiao Long Bao
An absolute show stopper was New Shanghai’s delectable Crab Meat Xiao Long Bao. The gracefully delicate pastry skin was enveloped in alluring crab meat and rich pork-seasoned broth.
Prawn wontons with chilli oil, peanut & sesame sauce
The prawn wontons were yet another highlight. We loved the velvety wonton pastry which was beautiful in texture and the accompanying sea of sweet soy, peanut sauce and dried chilli was pleasantly appetising. Cooked with the perfect amount of heat, these wontons tantalised our taste buds.
Fragrant & Crispy Half Duck with Steamed Buns
The dish of Fragrant & Crispy Duck with Steamed Bun had us fighting for the last morsel. The fluffy and moist buns were a lovely canvas for the velvety duck flesh and its perfectly crisp skin.
New Shanghai is a gem of a place for casual dining. With its superb execution of Shanghainese cuisine and affordable pricing, there is no doubt that New Shanghai should be one of your "go to" restaurants.
Location: Third floor, Emporium centre 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Phone: 02 9412 3358
Cuisine: Shanghainese, Xiao Long Bao, Pan-fried Pork Bun