Many websites hold Blu Lobster's young Irish chef de cuisine Brian McKenna and Spanish chef Jordi Villegas Serra in high regard, and after reading about Chef McKenna's fondness for desserts and habit of tacking on several desserts at the end of a prix-fixe, I thought this was definitely the place to splurge in China.
When I walked into the restaurant, I couldn't believe how incredibly beautiful a restaurant in China could be! The lighting was just perfect. It felt dim enough to feel like you can eat anonymously, but there's actually sufficient light to photograph food! I hate going to a nice restaurant and not being able to document the amazing food.
The service was attentive. In fact, after I ordered the lobster prix-fixe, and my complimentary glass of champagne arrived, the maître d’hôtel gave me a copy of InStyle because I was dining by myself. How thoughtful of them yet sad for me. Hahahaha. One thing I noticed about travelling in China is that women never travel or eat alone. When I first arrived and hailed a taxi to get to the hostel, the taxi driver was astonished that I was here for fun and not for business...all by myself. I was only aware of my lack of a companion in a city of 17.4 million + people when people actually point it out to me. Gosh...no need to rub it in, people!
Amuse-Bouche Trio; Foie Gras on Toast
Prosciutto with Finely Diced Melon; Ricotta Cheese with Some Kind of Sweet Gelatinous Skin