China Fine Diner
The tussle for a table began mere weeks after its January opening, and while a new regional Chinese restaurant south of the Bund may not seem like cause for culinary celebration, in the case of new fine diner Y2C2, the combination of established restaurant group VOL (of Mr & Mrs Bund success), chef Zhou Han Ming and a sleek, sultry fitout has catapulted the Shanghai eatery to hotspot du jour status. Its moniker is an abstract acronym of its elemental inspiration - yin and yang (Y2), classic and contemporary (C2), and its look is similarly thought-out; bedecked with ornamental screens, embroidered silk wallpaper, a large mosaic motif of pouting beauties and floor-to-ceiling windows providing stunning vistas of the river beyond.
As for the menu, it’s extensive, detailed and uses premium imported ingredients, featuring cold plates like octopus teriyaki and ribs in Singapore sauce, followed by roasted meats including goose, chicken and piglet. Then opt for the signature soup (abalone, scallops and morels) and a recommended main, perhaps table-boiled Kobe beef or stewed abalone with fish maw and sea cucumber. With additional dishes of seafood tapas, vegetables, casseroles and noodles as well as traditional dim sum (try the fried turnip putin with XO sauce) and the sweet sago cream dessert with mango, resistance is futile.