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Classy 'hourglass lunch' at Shangri-La

A business lunch can be both efficient and epicurean, especially when one lunches at the summit of Shanghai, rubbing shoulders with the sparkling skyline and gazing down at the Huangpu River.

Jade on 36 Restaurant in the Pudong Shangri-La today launches business lunch from Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2pm.

Helmed by Michelin-star Chef de Cuisine Fabrice Giraud, Jade on 36's fresh concept of "lunch reinvented" offers a unique set of experiences. The moment the guest is seated, a one-hour hourglass on the table is turned over to keep time in this culinary journey.

Service is prompt. Guests can be out in an hour, when the hourglass empties - or they may well wish to linger.

Lunch offers the best of French classics given a contemporary twist. A smorgasbord of appetizers on display in the open kitchen tempts the palate - guests go into the immaculate kitchen to make their buffet selection and are welcome to chat.

The main course is selected from the menu. An array of desserts on a trolley gives a sweet ending to the meal. "They are all homemade, featuring classic French cuisine, from which guests can taste the true flavor of France," says Chef Fabrice.

The menu is refreshed on a weekly basis.

Diners with a limited time for lunch can experience an innovative lunch concept that combines culinary art, fashion, stunning views, wines and Champagne and timely service.

It starts with a rich selection of appetizers, ranging from salads, soups and cold cuts to fresh oysters, shrimp, foie gras. But what makes it special is that diners are free to venture into the kitchen to choose their starters. And they may have a chance to chat with the welcoming chef or cooks, if they are not too busy, of course.

Appetizers also include cured salmon with herbs, prawns with cocktail sauce, octopus salad, onion tart with Gruyere cheese.

"It's in a buffet style. Guest can come to the kitchen to get them freely," the chef says.

Though the appetizers are spectacular, the main course is the true highlight.

Diners can choose from the roast beef sirloin and baked potatoes from the trolley; cauliflower gratin with béchamel sauce and Parmesan; seared cod with anchovy butter and zucchini; duck Magret pan-seared, with corn pancake and cherry sauce; and roast halibut and peas wasabi mousseline served with orange sauce.

Then the dessert trolley arrives, offering fruit tarts, chocolate quenelles, cheese cake, Paris-Brest and other favorites.

The unique flavors from the kitchen are paired with an extensive collection of wine and Champagne from Jade on 36's impressive cellar to celebrate the closing of business deals or toast to success.

Wine and Champagne by the glass are also available.

Price: 288 yuan (US$43) per person, plus 15 percent service charge

Address: 33 Fucheng Rd, Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai


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