So last week the parents were in town and that meant fancy food for free! We decided to take them to Jade on 36, the Paul Pairet helmed restaurant in the Shangri La, and even we were surprised at how amazing it was. We can say without a doubt that it was one of the best, if not the best, meal of our lives. And we’ve eaten at a bunch of those uber-haute restaurants named after the chef.
The fabulous view of the Bund and the modern, yet understated room by Adam Tihany Design (definitely one of the coolest in the city) would normally be enough to warrant a good time. But the food was the real star of the show. According to the charming Maitre’d, Pairet developed, along with slightly more well-known chefs like El Bulli’s Ferran Adria and Fat Duck’s Heston Blumenthal, the world’s hottest culinary trend, ”Molecular Gastronomy”. The basics of this new style of cooking are creating flavors combinations that at first seem to make no sense, but end up becoming little flavor explosions in your mouth resulting in eating ecstasy.
A couple of standout dishes from the eight course set menu were the “Can’t Quit It” Foie Gras, a fruit flavored crispy cylinder stuffed with a creamy foie gras puree resembling a cigarette and served on an ashtray. Another delectable was the coca-cola strawberry spaghetti for dessert. The meal lasted for 4 hours, but flew by as all of the people we were dining with were on the edge of their seats awaiting Pairet’s next irreverent invention.
If you have a thousand or two kuai to spend on a night’s rations, then you can’t do any better than Jade on 36. Paul Pairet is a true artist at the pinnacle of his culinary excellence. Along with a breathtaking view and excellent service, Jade on 36 might convince those people at Michelin to start taking notice of Asia’s culinary Meccas.
Jade on 36. Level 36, Pudong Shangri-La, 33 Fu Cheng Road (富城路33号)
Reservations: (86-21) 6882-8888
Photo from Jadeon36.com