As Chinese New Year approaches, Elite Traveler explores the luxury side of the country’s greatest exports: cuisine. With countless Chinese restaurants worldwide, we have carefully curated a list of eight of the very best while covering the four corners of the globe.
Although the street foods of Shanghai and Beijing is, and will always be, adored, Chinese cuisine has carved a permanent place in the fine dining industry. From Las Vegas to London and Dubai to Sydney, this guide covers all four corners of the world to underline just how far China’s culinary influence has spread.
Imperial Treasure | Shanghai
Where better to start than arguably the finest Cantonese restaurant in China? Only eight restaurants in the whole of Shanghai have been awarded two Michelin stars, and Imperial Treasure is one of only several to have done so with a menu full of traditional dishes.
Among an array of fantastic offerings includes the longstanding favorite, Sautéed Yellow Cream Crab with Glutinous Rice and the Slow-cooked Pork Belly in Brown Sauce served with steam buns. Sounds simple? Imperial Treasure specializes in turning common Chinese dishes into something special by using only the finest ingredients.
For more information, visit www.imperialtreasure.com
Kai Mayfair | London
Malaysian-born Bernard Yeoh and his team of culinary experts have been bringing their self-proclaimed “liberated Chinese cooking” to the heart of London’s up-market Mayfair for 26 years. First opened in 1993, it took until 2009 to win its first Michelin star, but it has held onto it ever since.
Menu highlights include the Nanyang Chilli Lobster, which is a mixture of lobster, king prawns, scallops & crab-meat served with crispy bao, and the Black Pepper Beef, which can be made with a Scottish fillet or Kagoshima Wagyu.
For more information, visit www.kaimayfair.co.uk