Haute Hangouts: Shanghai ME, DIFC, Dubai

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A tried-and-trusted favourite, Shanghai ME opens its garden terrace to offer respite from summer temperatures

In the heart of Dubai’s financial district, world-renowned chefs bustle in the gleaming kitchens of chart-topping restaurants, offering the city’s diners a plethora of flavours from around the world. Make a beeline for buzzy haute-spot Shanghai ME to sample sophisticated East Asian cuisine in a seductive, art deco setting inspired by Shanghai’s roaring twenties — think speakeasy-like velvets, tasselled lighting and traditional screens.

Journey to Asia’s greatest cities (sans passport) with an à la carte menu of modernised generational recipes, from Singapore’s famed stir-fried noodles abundant in chicken and prawns to wagyu beef kushiyaki prepared with Japanese charcoal-roasting techniques and succulent roast duck Dubai-ified with decadent truffle sauce. For a more casual affair, order bite-sized delights from the dim sum library. The flavour-packed parcels are available steamed or fried and you’ll find the chicken xiao long bao, prawn and truffle har gow and prawn-topped sesame toast on the tables of every Shanghai ME frequenter.

For the uninitiated, a meal at Shanghai ME is incomplete without ending with the giant fortune cookie — a delicate tuile biscuit filled to the brim with chocolate and matcha mousse. Risk a lifetime of bad fortune if you opt out. Allegedly.

As summer beckons, the restaurant’s air-conditioned terrace returns and is a chic escape from the sweltering cement-clad district. Whether you’re settling in for the long haul or stopping by for nibbles and an after-work gander at the impressive drinks menu, there’s always a reason to visit. The restaurant comes alive in the evenings so wear your dancing shoes (and, perhaps, loose-fitting trousers). Book now

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  • Words by Savanna Smith