Barbecue season is in full swing. But
since the vast majority of Shanghai residents don’t have a backyard,
going to a hotel or restaurant makes for a good option. “Most of us
live in big apartment complexes where barbecuing is not allowed and it’s
also banned in many public parks, so the most convenient barbecue is in
a restaurant or hotel,”says Daniel Leibssle, executive sous chef at
John Ding, director of food and beverage at Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao,
says barbecues in hotel restaurants also mean there is no mess to clean
up and nothing to carry.
Hotel venues also often feature gardens
or terraces that serve as sanctuaries from the sun. They also offer the
option to pop into the air-conditioned interior while also selling cool
treats such as a wide variety of ice creams.
Chefs from five-star hotels say some new trends are developing within the barbecue scene.
sourced meats are becoming more popular around the world. This is based
on understanding where the meat is coming from and that the animal is
raised free of antibiotics and hormones,” says Mauricio Cruz, culinary
director at Sheraton Shanghai Pudong Hotel.
“In the past meat was
the main theme of any barbecue and the side dishes were something you
offered to compliment the meat,” Cruz says. “Nowadays the side dishes
are just as important.”
Polidori says some chefs are trying a modern barbecue technique known as cold smoking.
handheld food smoker allows chefs to smoke foods without the presence
of heat, which is used to cure meats or impart a smokey flavor to cheese
“That opens new ways to create exciting flavors and unexpected combinations,” Polidori says.
James Parker, managing director at Banya Tree Shanghai on the Bund,
adds that real charcoal is better than propane for grilling as it
creates that authentic barbecue flavor.
The following venues are excellent choices to try the latest trends and enjoy a delicious meal with family or friends.
Shanghai Pudong Hotel’s Feast restaurant features a barbecue sauce made
from the family recipe of Mauricio Cruz, the property’s culinary
All the meats and seafood are displayed on ice to ensure freshness.
Guests select what they want and hand it to chefs for grilling.
Cruz recommends the pork neck, a flavorful meat with nice marbling, and the spicy Argentinean sausages.
He also grills pineapples with chili and Sichuan peppers to create a distinctive sweet-sour-spicy flavor.
His chicken skewers are marinated in a Thai sauce and are worth trying.
A live band belts out some tune.
Guests can either enjoy their food indoors or sit on the terrace.
The barbecue buffet is every Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 10pm until the end of October.
Price: 238 yuan plus 15 percent subcharge
Tel: 5089-9999 ext 2240
Address: 1/F, 38 Pujian Rd
City Bistro at Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong East has a new barbecue
menu with a huge selection of food and free refills of draft beer.
Various meats, vegetables and seafood are grilled and served in
different ways. Oysters are grilled and seasoned with Chinese spices
while grilled sausages are served in a Mexican way with tomato salsa and
nachos. Other highlights include German pork knuckle with sauerkraut
(fermented cabbage), grilled lamb chops and beef rib-eye steaks.
buffet also includes a selection of sashimi and salads to diners with
light palate. The buffet is available until the end of August.
Price: 268 yuan per person including free flow of draft beer
Address: 2/F, 15 Xinjinqiao Rd
Down by the river
Riviera at Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund is one of the few restaurants in Shanghai serving a riverside barbecue buffet.
outdoor dining area is adjacent to the hotel’s private dock, where
breezes and nice views of the Lujiazui skyline add to the atmosphere.
The buffet includes a selection of salads, meats and seafood entrees
fresh off the grill. There’s also a generous amount of desserts and
free-flow wines, beer and soft drinks. Highlights include beef from
Australia, sausages from Tuttlingen, Germany, lobster from Boston, as
well as tiger prawns and sea bass.
The buffet is served every
Thursday to Sunday at 6pm. We recommend ordering a seat on Friday or
Saturday, when a live band performs.
Price: 428 yuan plus 15 percent subcharge (normal set); 628 yuan plus 15 percent subcharge (including free-flow sparkling wine)
Address: 1/F, 19 Haiping Rd
Tastes like homemade
cuts of meat, a wide selection of seafood and barbecue sauce made from
local ingredients highlight the dinner buffet at Café Bistro, the
all-day-dining restaurant at Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao hotel. Homemade
sausages with a smoky flavor and slow-roasted Texas style brisket are
two highlights, which are complemented by the homemade barbecue sauce
that features Sichuan peppers.
Cooking stations offer Asian and
Japanese flavors such as chirashi (tossed salmon and tuna on sushi
rice), pasta and desserts highlighted by panna cotta (a sweetened cream)
and tropical fruit sorbet. The buffet is served every Friday, Saturday
Price: 338 yuan plus 15 percent subcharge/person; 169 yuan plus 15 percent subcharge/child
Tel: 6275-8888 ext 4814
Address: 1/F, 5 Zunyi Rd S.
It’s all about the meat
100, the all-day restaurant at Park Hyatt Shanghai, is now offering its
summer barbecue menu featuring diverse quality meats that are seasoned
with exotic spices and a rich BBQ sauce.
“We can’t use charcoal
for safety reasons, but we get that authentic barbecue flavor by
marinating first and then grilling them in our ovens,” says Daniel
Leibssle, executive sous chef at the hotel.
Highlights include Wagyu beef from Australia, Iberico pork from Spain and lamb from New Zealand.
grilled lamb skewer is marinated with garlic, cumin and chili. Its
served with pickles to cut through the fattiness of the meat. Slow
cooked Wagyu beef has a fruity and spicy taste that is created by
marinating it in coriander and chili.
Century 100’s barbecue sauce has layers of flavor including bacon, garlic, shallots and whiskey.
Try pairing your food with rose wines from Provence, France, or one of three mojitos on the drinks menu.
la carte and family set menus (six courses and one dessert for three to
five people) are available to meet different customer requirements.
Price: 2,950 yuan plus 15 percent subcharge (family set)
Address: 91/F, 100 Century Avenue
Shanghai Hongqiao has launched its garden barbecue that clearly has
carnivores in mind. A meat platter is served, including two chicken
wings, sausages, pork ribs, mini burgers and sweet corn, along with a
skewer of lamb. It’s ideal for sharing, but if you feel like pigging
out, go for it.
Six different barbecue sauces are offered,
highlighted by chili powder, Dijon mustard, ketchup and sweet chili.
Potato wedges and onion rings make for nice side dishes.