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Christmas Southeast Asian-style

THOSE not wedded to elaborate Christmas turkey or ham can enjoy an Asian-flavored Christmas tonight at 3. TOP Restaurant & Bar, known for its cuisine, parklike setting and nightlife.

The restaurant, with a striking view of Xiangyang Park, offers a Christmas Eve dinner and party that will satisfy the appetite for delicious food and fun.

Santa Clause will bring gifts and the night will be one of surprises.

The Christmas menu includes starters Caesar salad with roasted turkey or mixed green salad with tuna served with vinaigrette, lobster bisque or French-style oxtail soup and fruit sorbet.

Then comes a choice of grilled rib-eye steak, king prawns or seared scallops stuffed with prawn mousse. They are served with mashed potato, broccoli and asparagus.

For desert, Chef Jeff Hu recommends hazelnut chocolate cake with chestnut puree.

Chef Jeff said that in addition to the Christmas menu, there are many popular Southeast Asian dishes, including dragon bean shrimp salad with diced meat, Thai-style chicken salad and Thai-style stewed chicken soup with coconut juice served in a whole coconut.

Chef Jeff especially recommends the scallops stuffed with prawn mousse and served with broccoli, a house favorite for only 138 yuan (US$20).

The scallops are imported from Australia and the mousse is made with egg yolk, chili oil, coconut milk and special flavors.

Most dishes in 3. TOP are adapted to suit locals' palate and Shanghainese tastes.

Chef Jeff doesn't go too spicy.

He uses more sweet and sour flavors with aromatic ingredients.

The stylishly designed restaurant with French doors has a large balcony and outdoor seating area. Furnishings include comfortable velvet chairs and sofas.

The restaurant and bar is surrounded by tall trees and has a feeling of seclusion, away from the busy city.

During the day, 3. TOP is a Southeast Asian restaurant.

At night, it's a popular bar among expats because of its downtown location, cozy atmosphere and large outdoor space.

The restaurant also offers afternoon tea. One style is traditional British afternoon tea with cookies, cakes, small sandwiches and treats. The other is a more Southeast Asian-style afternoon tea and guests can order typical Southeast Asian snacks and satay.

Milk tea is also available. Rather than using milk powder, there's real milk and real tea boiled with red dates and longans, said to be especially good for women's health.

Venue: 47 Xinle Rd, near Xiangyang Rd N.

Tel: 5403-8896

Hours: 11am-2:30pm (lunch); 5:30pm-10pm (dinner); 8pm-2am (bar)


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