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25 April 2014
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Shanghai Bluesone star

193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD

£58.00 Chinese , Dim Sum Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia

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  • Wine: £28.00
  • Champagne: £49.00
  • Lunch: £15.80/24.80 (6/8 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm

Square Meal Review of Shanghai Blues ?

Dim sum is the USP at this elegant Chinese eatery, where you’ll find a menu of accomplished morsels ranging from ‘tai chi’ duck dumplings cleverly wrapped in two-tone squid ink cases to golden pumpkin pastries with tiny cucumber ‘stalks’. Otherwise, we’d recommend fluffy char sui bao (rich barbecue pork buns) or rice congee with salted chicken and peanuts, followed by a large sharing dish of flaky steamed Chilean sea bass with crispy lotus root or steak in Szechuan kung-po sauce. Fragrant teas match the complex cuisine, though thoughtful wines and carefully made signature cocktails are also on offer. Plentiful staff patrol the large dining room, but reports of unfriendly, ‘hostile’ service don’t inspire confidence – although there are no complaints about the setting, with black lacquered wood, opulent silks and subtle lighting conjuring up the exotic feel of old Shanghai.

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  1. Shanghai Blues

    193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
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    Russell N.

    Good little find

        (5)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  2. Shanghai Blues

    193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
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    Claire B.

    Shanghai'd

        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 1

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  3. Shanghai Blues

    193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
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    John S.
        (6)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  4. Shanghai Blues

    193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
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    Enrique S.
        (8)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

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  5. Shanghai Blues

    193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
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    Massimo F.
        (5)

     
    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 2

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  6. Shanghai Blues

    193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
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    Charles E.
        (1)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  7. Shanghai Blues

    193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
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    Julia M.
        (1)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  8. Shanghai Blues

    193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
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    JJ B.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  9. Shanghai Blues

    193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
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    Paul B.
        (1)
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 3
    • Value: 2

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  1. My friend Abi, wanted me to suggest a few places for afternoon tea and dim sum. Shanghai Blues came to mind; I have heard many things are the fabulous décor inside. She wanted a place to cater for over 10 people and what better way to do a birthday lunch then to demolish dim sum on a Sunday. The venue is sophisticated fine dining experience just off from Holborn station, split into 5 areas. Once you step inside the electric blue, dim reception you be wowed over by the spectacular traditional Shanghai teahouse era deco...
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  2. I was having one of those crazy post-holiday work weeks and needed a dose of my friend A. She knew I was missing Asia so she suggested we meet at Shanghai Blues. I hauled myself to Holborn daydreaming of delicious silken noodles, popiah and fresh, meat-packed pot stickers. I couldn't wait. I got there fairly early and realised that there's nothing as cheery as a big fat happy Buddha to cure your blues. I was surprised at how big the place was and how nicely decorated it is. A far cry from Chinatown's traditional Chinese restaurants, SB looked every part of a city restaurant: slick, sexy, and modern...
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  3. Published : Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

    vialaporte :: Shanghai Blues // Holborn // London

    Shanghai Blues is a fine dining Chinese restaurant located in Holborn and is the perfect place for a corporate diner or for big groups of friends. A mezzanine area gives you the option of having a private area too, whilst you enjoy live jazz on Saturday evenings. Classy and chic, the atmosphere is made cosy by the dark wood and the ’20s Chinese style...
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