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“very upscale AND cozy”
Review of The Cathay Room

The Cathay Room
Ranked #96 of 17,249 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, French, Italian, Contemporary
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: The Bund
Description: Step back into an era of European fine-dining elegance, with stellar service and sparkling Bund views from the terrace, The Cathay Room transports guests back almost a century in time to a glamorous bygone era. The Cathay Room has been Shanghai’s premier dining address since the 30's, not only for its food delicacies but also for its status as a much celebrated, high profile social institution. Originally established as the Grill House in 1933, the Cathay Room was where hotel founder and eccentric global traveller, Sir Victor Sassoon, dined with his highbrow friends in true style. Global leaders, celebrities and socialites came for the perfect dining experience, enjoying the exceptional quality of service and unsurpassed Bund panoramas. Today, the revived Cathay Room embodies the same values of culinary vision, service excellence and social dining. Chef Joshua selects the finest seasonal ingredients from organic and ecological producers for her inspired creations that overwhelm guests’ taste buds with a dash of haute cuisine flair. Lunch Set Menu is served from 12 pm until 2:30 pm. Authentic European classics and contemporary creations highlight premium cuts of meat and seafood accompanied by fresh seasonal vegetables and salads. Since developing its passion for excellence in 1929, The Cathay Room’s extensive wine list features more than 250 European and New World labels, including a large selection of medium and full-bodied reds for perfect matching of the prime cuts of meat.
Reviewed November 28, 2013

You don't often get upscale AND cozy. The service was professional without being over the top. The view is the most amazing I've ever seen, in a city scape. The restoration made me want to dress like a flapper. I like flappers.

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Our table was by the window in a very romantic setting. Our waiter, Alvin, was just fabulous...He saw my husband taking pictures of the Pudong skyline from our table, and offered to take us out on the terrace for a photo shoot! That was a lot of fun as he patiently indulged us!

Excellent lobster bisque and wine selections by the bottle. My lobster ravioli, unfortunately, had too much salt, and after a couple of futile attempts to fix it, we gave up. My husband's beef was a little rare, and they did try to fix that, as well. But, it never really got fixed. Alvin discussed the issues with the chef, but there was no resolution. He then escalated to his manager, Ray Wang, who was very professional and customer service focused. He was very apologetic for the unfortunate experience, and was prompt to make amends. He took off both the entrees from our bill, and made sure that we were very comfortable the rest of the evening.

Overall, it was a very good experience thanks to two very professional Fairmont employees. We will definitely be back.

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Thank Shawnee40_13
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

This is an intimate dining room on the 9th floor of the Peace, overlooking the lights of the river and its surroundings. The room is spare but appealing with an impressive display of magnums and double magnums of several Great Growths from Bordeaux. The food is western and diverse: meat and fish, that is. We were disappointed as the food was lukewarm when served. We mentioned this to the eager server but were met with a smile and nothing else… The wine list covers all price points and is generally good. All this said, it is a special place for a special dinner. The view is worth the price of the meal.

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Thank Santenay1er
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

I have been enjoying Sunday brunch at the Cathay Room for years. I was one of their first customers and have seen the brunch evolve from interesting, to perfect, to overpriced.

The staff is always amiable and service impeccable. The room is small and the staff can really focus on making your experience unique.

The view and location are amazing even after years of visiting. Now that winter days are coming you will enjoy the terrace less (expect for a quick smoke maybe) but the view remains.

What convinced me to come for years, but now disappoints me is the food. The brunch option is simple: buffet for starters and desserts, and you chose one main from the menu. The starter buffet is good, but nowhere near the top 5 in the city (keep in mind that it is a small 2m long affair, not a 50m buffet like in some other hotels). The mains are varied and good enough to keep you coming a few times. Desserts are now a joke. I wouldn't even call the 5 pastries a selection. What a shame.

As much as I appreciate the free aperitif cocktail, the oysters and (average) foie gras, I can't help thinking that management got greedy when they raised their price 30% overnight last summer. Not worth it anymore. The great lobster eggs Benedict don't cut it anymore!

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Thank FredericN26
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Certainly one of the best views of the River and Pudong area from the outside terrace! I enjoyed seeing all the brightly lit river boats at night. The food was fine but not exceptional. The price were commensurate with the view. Significant distraction in the dining room from a crying baby was nicely handled by the staff. They also moved us the nicer available table after initial rather awkward seating.

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Thank NeeG1
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