4/F / 83 Changshu Lu (near Julu Lu) / Jingan
/ +86 10 6093 3623 / lunch & dinner Mon-Sat
Just when you thought every conceivable take on Chinese cuisine had appeared in cosmopolitan Shanghai, from modern Shanghainese, Hunanese and the city’s famed dumpling houses, to fiery Sichuanese, Yunnanese and the most humble noodle joints, along comes Fortune Cookie, a tongue-in-cheek homage to, wait for it, American take-out-style Chinese food, complete with a roster of crossover favourite dishes, kitschy décor and a playful splash of Chinatown-esque accoutrements.
It’s no secret from whence co-owners Fung Lam and David Rossi sought inspiration – Lam’s grandfather owned and operated a Chinese take-out restaurant in Brooklyn, NYC, in the late 1960s. So why bring what some consider to be a lesser version of Chinese cooking to the motherland? Well, it turns out many visitors and transplanted Gotham residents alike simply want a taste of ‘home’. Take a booth in the bright, Buddha, dragon and neon sign-emblazoned dining room and from the broadsheet placemat menu select from classic dishes including shrimp toast, moo shoo pork (shredded pork, mushrooms and cabbage in flour pancakes), chow mein noodles, spicy kung pao chicken, and sweet and sour pork. But never mind if you can’t finish your serve – there are the iconic cardboard carry boxes inscribed ‘Thank You and Enjoy’ for transporting leftovers and take-out. Whatever you do, don’t forget to crack the all-important post-supper cookie – who knows what fortune awaits!