We ventured to the Super Brand Mall in Shanghai and found a great place for dinner called Bellagio Cafe
and it's located on the 8th Floor of the mall and relatively easy to find! It's closer to the IMAX, if it helps! :)
We ordered a bunch of dishes and shared it, Asian style! We first started with their Black Pepper Beef on Iron Plate
which smelled and tasted absolutely amazing! The amount of pepper used was the perfect amount on beautifully tender pieces of beef!
We also tried Steamed Shrimp with Garlic
and I know it doesn't sound too appetizing, but it was absolutely amazing! The shrimp was really fresh and steamed to perfection. Tons of garlic on top of the shrimp - so luckily we all had at least one piece!
From there, with us being so Asian, we ordered some rice, Taiwanese Fried Rice
, and it's quite different from the fried rice that I'm use to! It is very similar, but different! Usually the main difference between Chinese fried rice and Taiwanese fried rice will be in the egg cooking format. Chinese will basically make scrambled eggs or an omelette first, while the Taiwanese will crack the raw egg into the fried rice and then mix it up.
A very traditional and popular Taiwanese dish is the Three cup chicken (三杯鸡)
which is made with 1 cup soy sauce, 1 cup rice wine and 1 cup sesame oil. This recipe will make TONS of chicken, so it's nice to modify it and Bellagio Cafe definitely modifies it and adds other ingredients such as ginger and basil into the dish to make it extra special!
My husband actually has Hakka ancestors so it was neat to him to find a dish done in this style. When he saw Hakka Stir Fry Dried Squid an Celery
he ordered it! It is exactly as it sounds! Most of Taiwanese cooking is derived from 3 simple ingredients, and this dish shows the simplicity of their cooking with rice wine, soy sauce and some sugar! This dish was so simple yet so delicious!
We actually ordered a dessert or 2 for this meal, and the most memorable dessert was their Mango Pancake
which was a mango crepe that was really thin around some light cream with some mango inside. It was light and airy and actually kind of refreshing! We really enjoyed this and I ate up my husbands half of the dessert! :)
Overall, we loved this place and it's a place we would recommend for Taiwanese food! It's neat to see Shanghai has different types of Asian cuisine and it's actually done properly! The food, service and atmosphere ranks top notch for sure!