If you’re looking for a memorable dining experience, Shanghai Me is a must-visit. The combination of exceptional food, stunning ambiance, and top-notch service make it a standout option in DIFC’s dining scene.

In DIFC, Shanghai Me presents a unique culinary experience that combines traditional flavours with a modern twist. Each dish is carefully crafted, ensuring that diners can indulge in the flavours of the Far East through innovative and classical dishes.

Its 1930s-inspired Art Deco-style interior features traditional Asian wood carvings, artworks, and lush greenery that create a relaxing and elegant atmosphere. The warm yellow lighting adds to the ambience, making it a perfect spot to unwind after a stressful day or celebrate special occasions with friends.

Lined with bamboo, the terrace transports diners to a jungle-like environment. The friendly staff and relaxing music add to the comfortable and inviting atmosphere. The food is the star of the show, with each dish bursting with flavour and made from fresh ingredients cooked to perfection.

The Yellowtail Carpaccio with Black Truffle, Sweet & Sour Prawns with Mixed Peppers, and the Braised Beef Short Rib Shanghai Style are just a few of the signature dishes that showcase the restaurant’s culinary excellence. Trust us when we say a visit to Shanghai Me is a culinary journey you will remember. We can’t wait to go back already. But other than the incredible dishes mentioned, here are our top three must try:

Must Try: Lobster Corn Shells

This fusion of Latino and Asian cuisines is a real standout. The crunchy corn taco shells are filled with a delightful combination of avocado, chipotle mayonnaise, aji yuzu sauce, and succulent lobster meat. Together, the flavours are refreshingly zesty with a warm spicy kick.

Must Try: The Steamed Dumplings

Dare we say, these are the best dumplings in town. The selection offers a delightful range of flavours, including kimchi wagyu beef, prawn and truffle, chicken and scallop, and wild mushrooms. Each dumpling is crafted to perfection, making it hard to pick just one favourite.

Must Try: The Fortune Cookie on the desserts menu

Don’t miss out on the giant fortune cookie dessert for a fun and memorable way to cap off your meal at Shanghai Me. Once the smashing is done, you’ll be treated to a delicious combination of chocolate and matcha mousse. Despite its size, the dessert’s sweetness is well-balanced. Depending on your appetite and sweet tooth, it could easily be shared between 3-6 people.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, the fortune paper accompanying it is edible.

Shanghai Me has also unveiled a new Lunar Menu for the month of Ramadan, available from 6 pm, which offers a selection of traditional dishes infused with a contemporary twist. The menu includes delicacies such as Lobster & Enoki Mushroom Soup, Spicy King Crab and Wok Fried Duck. The menu also features unique appetizers, including the Shrimp Maki, and concludes with a Pistachio Mont Blanc dessert.

With its harmonious array of traditional delicacies infused with a contemporary flair, Shanghai Me is the place for an unforgettable dining experience. Whether you dine in the opulent restaurant, the magical terrace, or the luxurious Private Dining Room, Shanghai Me promises to captivate your senses and leave you wanting more.

For more information, visit shanghaime-restaurant.com

Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at rand@khamsa5.com or follow her on social media @rundoozz.