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Restaurant Martin by Martin Berasatgui, Shanghai, lunch

Suckling pig with red wine cooked apples, Restaurant Martin by Martin Berasatgui, Shanghai

Menu from an a la carte lunch at Restaurant Martin by Martin Berasatgui in Shanghai, China: [Assorted breads with new season olive oil] Pan fried foie gras with fig sauce and passion fruit Suckling pig with red wine cooked apples and PX jus Santiago tart with lemon sorbet and mango sauce I visited Restaurant Martin…

Mr & Mrs Bund, Shanghai, late dinner

Black cod in the bag , Mr & Mrs Bund, Shanghai

Menu from a late night dinner (from 11pm) at the French Modern Eatery by Paul Pairet, Mr & Mrs Bund, on The Bund in Shanghai, China: [Appetiser of whipped salmon mousse, topped with pepper and served with crostini] [Warm bread with churned butter] Black cod in the bag Lemon and lemon tart I stayed up pretty…

Eating out in China, Part One: Chengdu

Tofu and seaweed "fish", Vegan Restaurant, Chengdu

Hello from China! But also goodbye, too, as I depart on Monday to head back to London. For the last two months or so, I’ve been based here looking for things; stories, flavours, memories (but definitely not my self). It’s been more than four years since I was last home. This time I wanted to come…

Kuan Alley No 3, Chengdu, dinner

Western Shu treasury fish, Kuan Alley No 3, Chengdu, China

Menu from a banquet dinner at Kuan Alley No 3 in Chengdu’s Kuan Zhai Alleys (with rough English translations and explanations in brackets and in bold): [Appetiser – fresh fruit] 三巧碟 (Three skillful dishes – candied walnuts, snails, spicy beef) 香脆月牙骨 (Crispy crescent ribs) 家乡鸡块 (Home cooked chicken) 蜀香冒菜 (Shu, as in Sichuan during the…

Ren Min Shi Tang (People’s Public Restaurant), Chengdu, dinner

Hot and numbing tripe, Ren Ming Shi Tang (People's Public Restaurant), Chengdu, China

Menu from an à la carte dinner at a branch of Ren Min Shi Tang (People’s Public Restaurant), a cultural revolution era themed restaurant in Chengdu, China: Dry roasted peanuts Pan cooked bread Steamed pumpkin Autumn vegetable soup Stir-fried water spinach Hot and numbing tripe Spicy frogs Beef and chilli stir-fry Chengdu has been all about…

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