My fiancee and I just had a fantastic high-end Valentine's meal at the Siam Garden (within the Shangri-La Hotel complex). I'd read the hitherto rather mixed, possibly outdated, reviews with a bit of trepidation but decided to bite the bullet and give it a go for our special night.
It paid off hugely. Yes the bill came to 666rmb but in Western terms this is average for a top meal. What we had tonight was classy, it was spicy, it was artistically presented, but most importantly of all for a 'posh' restaurant, it was well proportioned. Good big amounts of fish, bowlfuls of curry, what must have been 2 individual crabs in the soft shell crab. Gorgeous.
5 dishes in all: the deep fried sea bass - spicy to the point of sizzling the tongue, but divine; the soft shell crab - so difficult to get in Xi'an was one of the best things I've had in 18 months in China, gently spiced and so melt in the mouth; duck breast red curry - every bit as scrumptious as it sounds, so well cooked but potently spicy; beef massaman curry with potatoes, really tasty maybe a touch on the oily side, a quarter of a star off for that; finally a fried rice dish with chicken which was a work of art, full of flavour. However be aware of ordering this as they offer FREE plain thai rice with your main meals.
As for the wine, there are little cafes in Xi'an with more expensive white wine than this hotel (the best in Shaanxi no less!) 170rmb for Argentinian white, so drinkable you barely have to lift your glass. So I am very happy this Valentine's day, please do come and check it out, you WILL pay quite a bit, but you won't leave disappointed.
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