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Live jazz in Art Deco-style eatery

LE Voyage Asian Kitchen on Yongjia Road has just celebrated its first anniversary and announced new live shows of jazz and pop every Thursday and Friday.

It's the first time that live performances have been held regularly in the restaurant.

Built in 1936, the four-story historical building, a cultural heritage structure, is nestled in the center of the former French concession on quiet Yongjia Road, originally named Route Herve de Sieyes, near Xiangyang Road S.

The house covers around 330 square meters, including an 80-square-meter garden, Le Voyage Asian Kitchen on the ground floor and six Art Deco-style guest rooms over three floors.

Le Voyage serves creative Thai food both indoors and in a garden setting - it's also the music venue, a relaxed tropical atmosphere.

The cozy garden-view restaurant seats only 45 guests; it's decorated with contemporary paintings. The service is superlative.

The resident Thai chef presents creative Southeast Asian cuisines as part of an innovative international food concept that satisfies varied tastes and combines the East and West. Only the highest-quality fresh ingredients are used.

A tasty option can be the Le Voyage Mixed Asia, a starter plate of a crunchy fried cod on bread, edible fish cakes, which say a lot as most have the consistency of rubber, cool spring rolls and sweet, mouthwatering slices of pork neck.

For soups there are Thai Chicken, Coconut Soup, Thai Hot and Sour Soup. If you cannot take too spicy soup, the Coconut Soup with chicken is a good choice.

Thai Green Curry with Chicken is hard to miss. A mild curry with chicken, eggplant potato, onion and spices, as with many Thai curries, it remains simple and mixes well with the rice.

The latest new menu for this autumn also provides Japanese food including fresh sashimi.

The house music is easy. Standing close to customers, well-known local artists such as Wang Hao, He Yi and Yang Yun sing pop and jazz on Thursdays and Fridays.

"We are dedicated to restoring old houses in the former foreign concessions in Shanghai and converting them into boutique hotels to revive the charm of a bygone era," says Zhu Wei, general manager of Ke Tang Jian, the six-room hotel above the restaurant, "This boutique hotel offers a perfect stay in a city whose reputation is built on culture."

Ke Tang Jian emphasizes LOHAS culture, meaning Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability. There are only six guest rooms in a low-key, luxurious and Art-Deco setting.

In old Shanghai, ke tang jian (guest room) refers to the area in an upper-class house where important visitor were received.

"Old Shanghainese would be very familiar with the meaning of this word," says Zhu, adding that the area can also be considered a guest room. "If the meaning is extended, then all of Shanghai can become an area where visitors are received from everywhere."

The rooms are decorated with old Shanghai and Western furniture and contemporary paintings.

"When they stay, guests can enjoy LOHAS culture," says Zhu. "This area, with tree-lined avenues, parks and bistros, brings back dreams of a distant past."

Address: 335 Yongjia Rd

Tel: 5466-6335 (restaurant), 5466-9335 (hotel)



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