Friday 14 December 2007

Shanghai Blues, High Holborn, central London

A stylish Chinese restaurant, buried inside a Grade II-listed building, with eye-catching reception staff and an air of exclusivity. Inside, there is no daylight, but the lighting is cool and the decor is an attractive blend of minimalism with traditional fittings, such as Chinese lanterns and ornamental Buddhas. On the menu, is a broad selection of dim sum (around £4 a dish), which is typically delicious - the dumplings are light and appealing, while the seafood and the meat dishes have delicate and nicely-balanced flavours. There is also a selection of larger dishes, but the inevitable crispy fried duck can be stringy and coarse. Still, a good option for a good lunch. 8/10