In the upmarket and glossy Queens Plaza, this restaurant mimics Old Town China with its red lanterns, antique dark rosewood chairs and tables and grey stone cut floor. Being the only Queensland child and with its siblings spread across New South Wales, the hype has thrown the food-loving Brisbanites into a frenzy.
Jelly, Sunjo, Pooch and I ventured to New Shanghai for lunch, keeping in theme with Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘Falling Back to Earth’.
The Shredded Kelp with Spice and Vinegar Dressing was tender, yet lifted by the crunch of shredded carrot and seasoned well with Sichuan chilli and vinegar.
Lotus Root Stuffed with Sticky Rice was a sweet entree of deliciously braised lotus root and just enough sticky rice to leave one satisfied, rather than bloated.
New Shanghai’s signature Xiao Long Bao is a must order here. Not only are they beautifully wrapped, but variations like Crab and Pork, as well as having the option of a steamed or pan-fried version makes this restaurant unique. Here the girls had the Crab Meat Xiao Long Bao.
They also ordered the Pan Fried Pork Buns which also cradled the rich broth inside with the juicy portions of pork.
For mains, the girls also shared the Salt and Pepper Squid, with its Shanghai twist of added fried chillies and onions.
With many more options of mains such as Soy Braised Pork Belly and Salted Egg Yolk Prawns, as well as Braised Beef with Cold Noodles and XO Stir-fried Rice Cake, to various other dumplings and soups, there is plenty of choice. New Shanghai is definitely one to impress for gorgeous authentic Shanghai cuisine.
New Shanghai | LG 23 Queens Plaza, 226 Queen St, Brisbane | 3108 7652|