In a city awash with restaurants offering impeccable cuisine, Shanghai Me doesn’t only provide unbeatable fine dining, it provides an experience like no other.

Shanghai Me, located in DIFC, is doused in royal and celebrity approval – it’s one of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s favourite hotspots.

This 1930s-inspired Asian restaurant is famed for its culinary classics of East Asia, all presented in an art deco-style space, guaranteed to leave you speechless.


Walls adorned with carved wood panelling, reflective of traditional Asian style, and never-ending artworks and photographs give a different view with every turn of the head.

Low, yellow lighting creates a warm ambience which is contrasted with an abundance of plants, including bamboo and banana trees, transporting you from the terrace to the jungle.


Described as “a contemporary approach to fine Asian cuisine”, the extensive menu, curated by Head Chef Shane Macneill at Shanghai Me, leaves your mouth simply igniting with flavour after every bite.

Shanghai ME duck salad

Starting with yellowtail carpaccio served with sliced black truffle and sesame prawn toast, we were certainly impressed by the exquisite quality and presentation of the dishes. However, the hero starter has to be the crispy duck salad with pine nuts and cress was tossed and served at the table by our attentive waiter, Kimmy, providing Instagram-worthy moments.

Our hero dishes of the evening came from Shanghai Me’s Dim Sum Library, braised wild mushroom dumplings and chicken with scallop and coriander dumplings were presented piping hot to the table, releasing tempting aromas and bursting with flavour.

Finishing the evening with the Shanghai Me giant fortune cookie, filled with chocolate and matcha moose, complete with traditional readings is the perfect pudding for the avid Instagrammer. Crumbled at the table, the waiter divides the cookie into portions, allowing you to embrace your fortune.

To accompany, the new Shanghai Me cocktail menu is inspired by the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac.

The Bund Lounge

Shanghai ME Bund Lounge

To continue on a fabulous night, head to Shanghai Me’s underground hotspot – The Bund Lounge.

Hidden behind mirrored panelling, Shanghai Me’s Bund Lounge provides a luxury, private experience, accompanied by an enticing cocktail list, the lounge is unrivalled in Dubai.

Shanghai Me Gate Village 11, Podium Level, DIFC. For information and reservations, please contact +971 4 564 0505,

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