Think sea cucumber and abalone are too fancy for the next family meal? Banish the thought. The new 7-course sea cucumber /abalone set menu at Cantonese restaurant Wulixiang is elegant, healthy and scrumptious, but costs you less than the price of a steak.
I have personally tried and recommended the set menu to my colleagues, and they were quite impressed by the food. But how was the service and sanitation? You ask. The restaurant is located at the Traders Upper East Hotel (by Shangri-la), so you can expect starred service.
The 7-course Sea Cucumber Set Menu (RMB 188) include sea cucumber with saffron sauce, a dim sum platter, wok-fried prawns with walnut, fried beef cube with garlic, cabbage in fish broth, dandan noodles and a fruit platter. I happened to have taken photos of every dish, so there’s no need to say more.
Not a fan to sea cucumber? The7-course Monk Jumps Over the Wall Set Menu (RMB 158) only differs in its main course. Monk Jumps over the Wall (fotiaoqiang佛跳墙) is a classic example of luxury Cantonese soups. The rich and nutritious soup is made from well-selected abalone, fish maw and dried scallop, and is cooked for several hours.
While you enjoy the food, do not forget to make use of the children’s play area by the entrance of the restaurant.
Set menus served daily 11.30am-2pm and 5.30-9.30pm. One day advance reservation is required. 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District (5907 8406, firstname.lastname@example.org) 朝阳区东四环北路2号, 北京上东盛贸饭店
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Photos: Clemence Jiang and Traders Upper East Hotel