From Seat 1A: Lost Heaven Yunnan Folk Cuisine, Shanghai, China

From Seat 1A: Lost Heaven Yunnan Folk Cuisine, Shanghai, China


International lawyers travel… a lot.  Our President, Antonio Valla, has the privilege of travelling the world representing our valued clients.  Along the way he has enjoyed a variety of cuisines and restaurants from Michelin starred to street stalls.  Clients and colleagues often ask him for recommendations, so we at V&A thought that this blog, From Seat 1Awould be an interesting and useful read.  Buonappetito!


TIBET IN SHANGHAI.  Recently, I had the good fortune of spending a few days in Shanghai, China.  A city of 24 million inhabitants, spread over nearly 2,500 square miles, Shanghai, is impossible to explore, but its "heart", on the Bund along the shores of the Huangpu River, is a must for visitors and gourmands.  If street cuisine is not your thing, or you'd rather have a more traditional, sit-down meal, head straight for Lost Heaven on the Bund (there are sister restaurants in both the French Concession and in Quian Men in Beijing).  Lost Heaven is a temple to Yunnan cuisine, and displays its Tibetan heritage in its decoration, its frequently-changing beautiful art and photography displays, and, of course, its service.  Ask for a well-located table in the center of the large restaurant or near the windows facing Yan An E. Road, for better lighting and atmosphere, and take your time with the menu...then follow your heart and try everything!  If "everything" is not possible, try at least the Yunnan fried pork ribs, the scrambled eggs with white mushrooms, the braised eggplant, and the steamed cod.  Friendly, professional, service and a fully-stocked bar complete the experience.  Reservations are recommended, and a must for dinner. Lost Heaven Yunnan Folk Cuisine, 17, Yan An E. Rd., Shanghai. www.lostheaven.com.cn