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SHANGHAI'S hotels not only offer a wide selection of international food but also have some of the best local chefs serving up a range of Chinese culinary delights.

From delicate Cantonese dishes to the subtle interplay of the sweet and sour flavors of Shanghainese food, diners can find some old favorites or creative modern Chinese cuisine at three of the city's landmark hotels.

The Grand Hyatt Shanghai, InterContinental Shanghai Expo and Radisson Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Shanghai provide diners with a wide array of the best of China's rich and diverse culinary heritage.

Sheng Hui Tang, the Chinese restaurant at the newly opened InterContinental Shanghai Expo, serves traditional Cantonese fare prepared by Hong Kong master chef Pan Xianwen.

Signature dishes include baby Australian lobster with matsutake mushroom and asparagus, baked cod fish with mushroom sauce, deep fried crispy chicken, prawn with Longjing tea leaves and chili sauce.

"We showcase authentic Cantonese food while incorporating Sichuan and Shanghai flavors," chef Pan says.

"Local and international guests can enjoy our specialties as well as experience the World Expo 2010. We focus on the best-quality ingredients to ensure an authentic culinary experience while offering personalized Chinese hospitality."

It has commanding views of the Huangpu River and Nanpu Bridge, six elegant private rooms and a 128-seat a la carte restaurant, making the venue intimate and ideal for private events and business.

There is a special World Expo seven-course promotional meal, with the set lunch costing 158 yuan (US$23) and the set dinner 298 yuan per person.

Located on the fourth floor of the Radisson Plaza Xing Guo, Li Palace Chinese restaurant features the best of Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine.

Special dishes prepared by master Chinese chef Qiu Weijie include deep fried silver cod with mirin sauce and vegetarian abalone in oyster sauce.

Li Palace also provides a range of seasonally popular cuisine.

Dishes include the popular hairy crabs in autumn and cuisine flavored with medicinal Chinese herbs in winter, which aim to boost energy for spring.

"We tend to deal with a lot of VIPs from all over the world at the hotel, each with their special likes and requirements," says chef Qiu.

"So there are quite a few special or exclusive dishes that we have to prepare on request."

Li Palace also has built a loyal local following, particularly for its all-you-can-eat dim sum lunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am-2pm. The weekend dim sum lunch costs 108 yuan per person and includes Chinese tea.

Once a private club, the Grand Hyatt's Club Jin Mao is now open to the public and has a kitchen powered by three award-winning chefs, each with their own speciality menu comprising five signature dishes.

Diners can sample some of the best Shanghai cuisine in an elegant Art Deco-styled room with breathtaking views of the city and the personalized service one would expect in a private club-like atmosphere.

Located on the 86th floor, the restaurant has garnered rave reviews and has been featured in The New York Times.

Club Jin Mao is one of more than 12 innovative restaurant and bar options that feature interactive "show kitchens" and they offer a range of culinary experiences from the best of Western cuisine through to high-end Japanese offerings. Chinese Restaurants

Grand Hyatt Shanghai

Address: 88 Century Ave, Pudong

Tel: 5049-1234

InterContinental Shanghai Expo

Address: 1188 Xueye Rd

Tel: 3858-1188

Radisson Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Shanghai

Address: 78 Xingguo RdTel: 6212-9998


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