Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Dining Room 南小館 - Modern Shanghai Eatery

The Dining Room is a modern interpretation of the Shanghai Min. With unique wooden decor, spacious ceiling and a semi-open kitchen, this Shanghainese fare hits all the best Shanghai dishes from traditional dim sum to sophisticated desserts.
I have been to their Causeway Bay branch at Hysan Place for several times and it has been honestly one of my favourite spots for Shanghai cuisines, not to mention the very reasonably priced menu.
As always, we start with a signature pan seared pork buns, served in a mini skillet, with excellently crispy bottom and burnt-your-mouth soupy filling.
Follow by a new addition to their seasonal menu, the shrimp toast is made deep fried with shrimp paste and sesame seeds topping for ensure crunchiness.
The pork belly shaomai is a twist on the traditional version that is wrapped with glutinous sticky rice and cubes of braised pork belly.
We finish with a signature dessert platter, which comes with two puddings and two sweet treats of your choice.
It is a complete knockout because it includes all of my favourite items on the dessert menu. All the puddings are equally silky and smooth, whereas the lovely looking crispy rice dumpling is filled with sweet custard. This is a must have!
Next time, forget about the posh Shanghai restaurants and come to this pretty eatery for a surprising twist!

Osmanthus Honey Rice Puddings
桂花蜜拉糕

The Dining Room's Menu
南小館菜單

The Dining Room
南小館

Signature Pan Fried Crispy Pork Soup Buns
招牌生煎包

Pork Filling
豬肉

Deep Fried Crispy Shrimp Toast with Sesame
香脆芝麻蝦多士

Grandma's Braised Pork Belly Shaomai
外婆紅燒肉燒賣

Grandma's Braised Pork Belly Shaomai
外婆紅燒肉燒賣

Noodles with Soy & Scallion Oil
蔥油開洋拌面

The Dining Room Sweet Platter
南小館甜甜拼

Chilled Floral Jasmine Pudding, Shanghai Rice Wine Soup Pudding
茉莉花茶凍, 上海酒釀布丁

Osmanthus Honey Rice Puddings
桂花蜜拉糕

Crispy Rice Dumplings with Sesame & Pomelo
金柚脆麻球

Custard Filling
奶皇

Chilled Floral Jasmine Pudding, Shanghai Rice Wine Soup Pudding
茉莉花茶凍, 上海酒釀布丁

The Dining Room 南小館
Address: Shop 501, 5/F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2884 2299
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30-23:00

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