charliesim86: My best fine dining experience was perfect from start to end. My partner had planned a birthday dinner for me last winter at an undisclosed location. When we exited the taxi close to the rock bund we were faced with gentle falling snow (all be it fake) and a promenade topped with a beautiful Christmas tree. As a die heard Christmas fan I was smitten. We walked into Light and Salt and entered through the secret door. The trendy New York bartender approached us and upon finding it was my birthday whipped up an amaretto themed concoction that was full of sweet surprises. Later we were escorted into the restaurant where we sampled incredible meat, the most beautiful miso cod and a very glutinous duck pie. The service was impeccable, the wine wonderful and the mains incredible but the piece de le resistance was yet to come. The chocolate lava cake. I honestly didn’t think I could squeeze in another delicious bite but the chef presented us with the dessert with the insistence we tell him what we think. A buttery flaky pastry heart was sat proud and central and when I cracked it open molten milk chocolate and salted caramel flooded from the pastry boundaries. This was hands down the most magical culinary fine dining that I have ever experienced. What a night.
ravenraven: My favorite dining experience was at the Brawl on the Bund a couple of years ago. I love trying new ingredients that I never have in my own home. There's just something about restaurants that look at food as art rather than just putting together common dishes.
Don't get me wrong, I love going somewhere that does a really good Chicken Ceasar Wrap, but there is an added experience when you go somewhere that has Roasted Seabass with Grilled Porcini and Peppercorn Butter.
You can really tell when there is a chef back there that loves his art.
chelseastone: As a woman, I think I'm fully within my rights to complain about the amount of rude staring that goes on here. Yes, my hair is blonde. Yes, I am foreign. No, I am not a prostitute, a slut or here for you to ogle. So fckn creepy!!
laowai_zaishanghai: My finest dining experience happens at my place, whenever I buy all real Premium quality ingredient and cook a gourmet dinner for myself and just a few friends.
All begins with going to one of the local organic farms, picking my favorite veggies, then buy some Angus beef tenderloin, imported from the finest farms in Australia.
In China, it's hard to find good wine, but it's not impossible. So I would choose my Italian or French red bottle (or two) - a 2009 Chinati or a good Bordeaux, and get started with cooking.
After all, all you really need for a real fine dining experience in Shanghai is a well equipped kitchen, high quality ingredients and the right company. But yeah... eating Michelin starred chefs' food is a good alternative ;)
anitaxli: My favorite "fine" dining experience is at this small restarant at xinzhalu, spicy sichuan food, guess not so healthy but always good to have it once in a while just to add some spicy for life:-)
alchemistsdaughter: My favorite "fine" dining experience was Madison's down home American BBQ for July4th. Beautifully prepared food and just as good as my Mississippi grandmother's - though granted, she's a little more heavy handed on the butter >.<
junkchief: Since this is all hypothetical, I would have lunch with Captain Jean Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise-E. He was/is/will be (not sure what tense to use) a celebrated Starfleet officer, archaeologist and diplomat who single handedly changed the course of history in the Alpha Quadrant. Who wouldn't want to break bread and share a conversation with this great man to have him recount his greatest battles, the intricacies of intergalactic politics, or just have him quote a few of his favorite lines of Shakespeare in that voice of his? While straightening my taped up glasses and pulling up my pants to my belly button, I do know what he would order after lunch ... "Tea, Earl Grey, hot." :)
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