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The Baker Street neighbourhood isn’t short on upmarket Chinese restaurants, but newcomer Bright Courtyard is serving up something a bit different. Founded by the Shanghai Life Fashion Group, it
aims to emulate the original venue in Shanghai & reflect what middle-class Chinese are eating these days. There’s a sushi bar out front, & the attractive, red-walled dining room is all
high-gloss surfaces, lanterns & candelabra. Meanwhile, the menu showcases tip-top ingredients for a mixed bag of dishes running from crispy smoked chicken to wasabi king prawns & an
impressive plate of cold meats, eel & jellyfish full of crunchy, pungent, sticky flavours. A wine wall down one side of the room suggests an interest in the subject, but tea is also taken
seriously. Service is pleasant & willing, & the venue has decent private dining facilities, too.
It’s on the corner of the building known as 55 Baker Street, a behemoth of a building, housing various financial services groups, not to mention a very well-known firm of estate agents, where E spends much of her life.What I did not know (and why would I) is that it is part of The Shanghai Life Fashion Group. According to the website, the group is made up of three high quality brands in Shanghai, Life Fashion restaurants, New Tian Di and an hotel called the ‘Just Joined Inn’. Really. It’s a brand, then, offering modern Cantonese and traditional Shanghai cuisine. You can feel the money. You can also spend a lot...
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