Brian Tan’s Puxi venue, a dessert slash wine lounge, offers House of Flour’s amazing chocolate cake, and a few new utterly delicious creations like Chocolate Sinan Lu (we’ll leave you to find the surprise), and a heavenly chocolate mousse cake with buttery crunchies inside. If you’re in a salty mood, go for bacon wrapped prune tapas or the scrumptious ¥98 cheese plate. HoF offers wine, tapas, gelato, coffee, tasty designer cocktails and truffles in addition to dessert.
Shanghai's chocolate kings
This dessert chain’s original location used to be one of the hardest spots in town to get a seat, but its second location helped alleviate that pressure. The original, on Sinan Lu, is a great, intimate spot for dates or after-dinner conversation, and it’s largely on the back of this spot that hoF won our Readers’ Choice Award Editor's Pick for Best Dessert in 2016. The “bar and brasserie” Lujiazui location is much more airy, with a loungey courtyard, a longer list of wines, and a wider selection of daytime eats. The salmon rillettes—buttery-smooth and rich with a touch of dill, a healthy lemon zest and tiny bits of green apple to give them a subtle, fresh crunch—are a must-try. Malaysian chef and owner Brian Tan consistently takes the highest quality chocolate he can get his hands on and turns it into something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Everyone has their favorite treat at hoF (most will cite the chain’s killer truffles), but after countless visits, we still lean towards the orange mud cake and the chocolate caramel mousse.
Find it: 30 Sinan Lu 思南路30号, Tel: 6093-2058; DBS Tower, 1318 Lujiazui Huan Lu 陆家嘴环路1318号星展银行大厦, Tel: 5010-0800
30 Sinan Lu, Near Huaihai Zhong Lu
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