Every few days our team will scour Shanghai’s dining scene for scrumptious dishes that’ll fill your belly without emptying your savings. Not to discriminate, we’ll search everywhere from bicycle carts to chic venues with twenty-course tasting menus, knowing that any spot could have the next Dish of the Day.
Merry Christmas and greetings from the US! We unfortunately can’t send you any US delicacies via internet as they haven’t invented Wonkavision, but we can point you to one of our favorite US eating experiences in Shanghai: the Madison burger at Madi’s (58RMB).
About half the size of a traditional American burger, slathered with Saffron aioli, and crammed between fluffy Brioche, Madi’s burger doesn’t sound very American. But it truly is. They grind the premium beef at the house-grinder, and top it with cheddar, garden-fresh arugula and tomato. When you order medium rare or rare, they serve it medium rare-rare. Not “China medium rare” aka you bite down and one pink droplet seeps out, but rather the whole core is reddish-purple like Cherry Cola. And it tastes more like finely-chopped dry-aged ribeye than a burger patty.
In fact, the ingredients are so vibrantly fresh they could be enjoyed separately. While you wouldn’t be caught dead eating most burgers’ mealy tomatoes and freezer-burned lettuce on their own, Madison Burger’s arugula and tomato would fare well with a few drops of olive oil and balsamic, the bun could constitute an entire breakfast, and the pre-ground beef would fit in at a top steakhouse. And these are the hallmarks of American cuisine today. It’s not about how bloated and greasy you can make your burger, how much memorabilia plasters your restaurant’s walls or how many Allman Brothers covers you play on a loop. It’s about fresh and local, the lifeblood of Madison.
Madi’s – Bldg 2, 3 Fenyang Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu, (behind the Howard Johnson Hotel) Xuhui district. Tel: (0)21-6437-0136. Hours: 6.30-11pm Tue-Sun.
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