Maiden Shanghai @ FIVE Palm Jumeirah
It was my first time visiting the FIVE on the Palm Jumeirah where I was meeting my friend for lunch. The lobby itself is impressive and the hotel smells like a spa. I’m greeted and shown directions to the hotel’s fine dining Chinese restaurant, Maiden Shanghai.
Located on the west wing of the hotel Maiden Shanghai covers two floors plus an outdoor terrace which opens in the evenings. The upstairs is dedicated to private dining available for special events and private functions and vary in sizes. The floor to ceiling glass windows means you get a magnificent sea view.
The starters we tried for lunch included the crispy prawn and sea bass roll, deep fried and crunchy served with a side of sweet chili dipping sauce as well as the boom boom shredded chicken which come served with fluffy bao style buns that you stuff yourself.
The mains arrive quite quickly afterwards and smell incredible. The half portion Peking Duck comes pre sliced and ready to slip into a steaming pancake along with the side of cucumbers, green onions and hoisin sauce.
Chef Bing Luo paid us a visit and told us the inspiration behind his dishes and how he aims to bring a flavor from his hometown into the dishes which you can tell from the spices he uses straight from Sichuan.
He also mentioned before we started eating that his Peking duck has been very well received so much so that guests have been saying it’s the best they’ve tasted in Dubai. After tasting it for myself I can wholeheartedly agree. The crisp skin, minimal fat and tender meat make it a delight on your tastebuds. Whether you have it individually or wrapped up to make a duck pancake the flavor is still prominent. It’s definitely a must order when you visit. The half portion was more than enough for two with everything else we had.
The other main we enjoyed was a Chinese five spice braised beef Short Rib in a Ching Kiang vinegar sauce. The meat fell off the bone when touched with a fork and then basically dissolved in your mouth. It was a delight and again something I’d recommend for the meat lovers.
To make sure we try stick to our 5 a day we ordered a side of stir fried string beans which come tossed in that secret ingredient from Chef Bing Lou’s home country; a spicy pickled veg which lifts the basic bean to a whole new level.
We round off the mains with Kung Pao prawns complete with slices of red chili and a portion of Dan Dan noodles that we request to have dry (without soup). The same pickled chili sauce is used to stir fry the prawns whilst the noodles come with some steamed pak choi.
By this stage we can’t fault anything except our ability to finish all the food on the table. Once our bellies are full we pack the rest of take away and Vivik tempts is with dessert.
He recommends an orange chocolate mousse and 3 flavor mochis; mango, strawberry and wasabi. The chocolate mousse texture was a little heavy for me and too chocolaty so I prefer the sweetness of the strawberry mochi with the ice cream filling.
Vivik our Nepalese waiter was fantastic! Not only did he help us choose what to eat he also offered to help film and gave us a tour of the whole restaurant. Talk about going above and beyond.
When it comes to Fine Dining Chinese in Dubai Maiden Shanghai should be on the top of your list to visit. The chic venue means that it’s perfect for that date night.
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