Stepping into this cozy, perpetually crowded dining room is like stepping into a Shanghailander's house during a rowdy game of transcontinental mahjong--the delectable local fare attract expats, local and tourists alike (all with cameras to document their crowded, but delectable dinner). Whether you're craving the eight treasure roast duck, complex wine marinated crab, or the heavenly sweet, sticky red dates filled with glutinous rice, this restaurant has it, and does it better than (almost) everyone else in town.
Editor Rating (Review):
Average: 4(1 vote)
You've probably seen this sweet dish of jujubes (red dates) stuffed with glutinous rice (RMB30) on a few menus in Shanghai, but the very best one is at Jesse Restaurant. Even on a table with dishes like marinated crab and the signature soy sauce stewed pork, this pretty appetizer always steals the show. Each glossy, piping-hot jujube is filled with a fresh morsel of rice cake. The combination of rich, earthy date combined with the satisfying chewiness of pure white rice cake is thoroughly delicious and quite addictive. It's also a bit of a diva. Though listed as a starter, this steaming treat has invariably pranced onto my table along with the entrees, after every other appetizer is kapoot. They're work it though. when I ask why the dish is always such a lagger, the waiter said the same things to me: we don't start these jujubes until you order, and be careful, they're hot! Just believe him. Approach these "red hots" like you would xiaolongbao--don't pop more than one into your mouth at a time if you want to taste the rest of your meal.