October 25, 2014

Lost Heaven, Shanghai…the ambience can make anybody feel like a somebody

Located on Shanghai’s famous “Bund”, Lost Heaven is a true MSG-free journey of the tribal cuisine of China’s Yunnan Province – Southern Chinese from the borders of Myanmar and Cambodia. For the uninitiated, many dishes will remind you, in look and taste, of subtle Thai food.

The moment you step in, the high-brow, swanky, tribal coolness endeavours to seduce you. Diners are illuminated beneath a glow of ethnic mystique, surrounded with Southeast Asian wooden floors and Yunnanese stone face masks as decor, and minimalist spotlights here and there. The ambience is dark and moody, though and it’s hard to see what you’re eating, but almost everything tastes pretty good. In addition to the restaurant, there is a fancy lounge upstairs with an outdoor terrace complete with a wooden bar, water fountains beautiful lamps and comfy-looking seats.

The stunning Miao tribe hot and sour prawns gives off an intriguing aroma and flavor. One taste of these prawns in the spicy and sour broth will send your taste buds to paradise. The Burmese shrimp paste with shrimp beans was also very aromatic, full of flavour and very tasty. Another dish not to miss is the amazing Da li style chicken with chili and green onions. The Yunnan eggplant and tofu salad where soft strips of eggplant sit below thin slices of soft, slippery tofu was delicious too. The only failure was the Yunnan wild vegetable cakes. Four out of five ain’t bad.

This restaurant is SUPER busy. I could only managed to dine there on a return trip to Shanghai when I called ahead to make a reservation prior to my trip. But it’s worth the wait. Lost Heaven can make anybody feel like a somebody. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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