Though abundant in restaurants specialising in myriad global cuisines, Shanghai has never been particularly well known for its Thai food quota – in fact this zesty Southeast Asian fare has long been woefully underrepresented in the cosmopolitan city.
All that is set to change though with the opening of Lotus Red, the new South Bund 22 diner housed in the former Brix and Red Door space. Fusing bold, modern looks and flavours with classic Thai dishes and decor accents, Lotus Red is a fun and vibrant bridge between old and new, not to mention a fab situ for a night out on the historic Bund.
Under an eye-catching ceiling installation of multicoloured strung lanterns, diners can either take a table in the sultry dining room of sleek dark-wood tables and tufted leather and suede chairs, or else start with a drink in the adjoining bar area.
On the plate, oysters with Thai spices, tom yum goong, pandan chicken and grilled meats with satay sauce make for crowd-pleasing starters, while roasted lobster with butter spice, claypot crab, sweet and sour calamari, and massaman, yellow, green and red curries ramp up the flavour and spice to yet more tempting levels.
Round off with coconut red bean cake and one of head mixologist Jackie’s signature summery tea cocktails blending gin, tiffin, lemon juice, egg white and marmalade. Thai-tastic!