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Legendary T8 Reopens As An All-Impressive Date Spot

Shanghai's go-to date spot returns

Formerly residing in a charming shikumen building in Xintiandi, fine dining restaurant T8 has long been a go-to spot for impressing dates. Old brick buildings, narrow alleyways, candlelight—it’s no surprise that patrons (especially well-to-do bachelors) were upset about the move to Hubindao mall. They shouldn’t be.

 

T8, European restaurant in Shanghai

True, T8 is now operating in a shiny, fluorescent-lit shopping plaza, but from the moment you walk into the actual restaurant, you’ll forget all about it. Designed by the same company who outfitted Highline, the space is modern and sleek, while retaining elements from the previous location, like Chinese carved screens and antique furnishings. They also have a killer patio and private rooftop with sweeping views of Xintiandi.

 

T8 European restaurant in Shanghai

The menu is huge, with 16 appetizers alone to choose from. The Alaskan Snow Crab Tartar (RMB128) is a great place to start, with a generous portion of fresh crab layered with papaya and creamy guacamole.

 

T8 European restaurant in Shanghai

The Tatiki of Sesame Crusted Tuna (RMB128) is another standout, topped with smoky Bonito flakes and served alongside artistically positioned daikon radish carpaccio and jellied soy sauce.

 

T8 European restaurant in Shanghai

The Three Way’s Cooking Foie Gras (RMB138) brings flair to the table. A block of dry ice sublimates into billowing white clouds that dance over a light mousse and ganache, served with a molecular raspberry sphere that cleanses the palate.

 

T8 European restaurant in Shanghai

Mains rely heavily on Australian steak, ranging from 120-Day Grain Fed Beef (RMB178 for 8oz striploin) to the 600-Day+ Grain Fed Wagyu Tenderloin (RMB588 for 7oz), and we’re happy to report that it’s good—really good. Perfectly tender, juicy and well seasoned. Sauce and salt are not necessary.

 

T8 European restaurant in Shanghai

 

The Pan Seared Halibut Fillet (RMB238) is equally delectable with a crispy skin, slightly undercooked center and succulent Hokkaido scallops on top. 

 

T8 European restaurant in Shanghai

The Roasted Australian Lamb Rack (RMB158) is a longtime T8 signature. It still remains on the menu and is just as good, though it could benefit from a longer period of rest before leaving the kitchen.

 

T8 European restaurant in Shanghai

For dessert try the Classical T8’s Chocolate (RMB78)—a collection of dark and milk chocolates in different forms. There is also the more inspired (although less filling) Pina Colada (RMB68)—diced pineapple and coconut served with creamy ice cream in a lemongrass/coconut soup. Both are satisfying, although not quite as exciting as T8's main courses and appetizers.

 

With its hig- quality ingredients, creative plating and unique atmosphere, T8 deserves to rise to the top of Shanghai’s fine dining scene. And with affordable options as well as lunch set deals priced at RMB158, it’s a place even us common folk can frequent—with or without a hot date.

 

Our Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

 

Details

What: T8 Restaurant & Bar

Address:W08-W10, 3/F, Hubindao, 168 Hubin Lu (near Jinan Lu) 湖滨路168号3楼W08-W10单元(近济南路)

Tel: 6355-8999

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