On a balmy Thursday evening, BAZAAR headed to Dubai’s DIFC to investigate the celebrity hotspot that has been captivating our Instagram feeds for some time, but as soon as we stepped through the door we were transported to a vibey bar that felt a million miles away from the financial district location. A tale of two halves, the elegantly decorated dining room area makes for the ideal date, girls night or business meeting location, while outside in the lush, leafy-green and oh-so-exotic terrace area, the venue takes on a carnival-esque vibe that conjures up one word on entry; ‘party’.
We started with cocktails at the bar to soak in the electric atmosphere and quality music while eagerly flipping through the lengthy menu. Choice is the operative word here, with vegans being more than catered for, but the expansive list does not in any way compromise the sublime quality of this stylish eatery.
We started with the crispy duck salad (with the offering arguably being Dubai’s most revered dish – how could we not?) and believe us when we say it is spoken of for very good reason. A consultation with a fantastically knowledgeable sommelier was followed by the perfectly crisp soft shell crab, which induced a rarely seen stunned silence from a table that usually makes it hard to get a word in. The mains were of equal beauty, with a cod dish so delicately cooked you could eat with a spoon and truffle, clay pot cooked rice that was of such quality it could have been a main course all on itself.
While we certainly came for the food – we stayed for the atmosphere, soaking up the vivacious vibes in the balmy terrace until later than we’d care to disclose. Shanghai Me has won the heart buttons of Instagram and the physical hearts of us – believe us when we say we’ll be back very soon.
Images courtesy of Shanghai Me