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“Embarrassingly Bland”
Review of Lin Yi

Lin Yi
Ranked #727 of 17,142 Restaurants in Shanghai
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Jing'an
Reviewed December 13, 2012

Dined here in late November. Ordered Shanghai Duck which was inedible and had clearly been under heat lamps all day. Mushrooms, which were priced rather high (68 RMB) and both bland and greasy - it was not even worth eating. Braised tofu skin, which while somewhat bland, was at least passable and had enough ginger in it to give some flavor.

Waitstaff were indifferent and inexplicably took away the hot chile oil that was on the table after we ordered. We tried to get it back in order to flavor and salvage the food, but we could barely get anyone over to the table to assist and when we did we received soy sauce rather than the chile. Was not worth making a fuss about since not much could salvage the food.

Place was all style over substance and seemed to cater to groups of laowai expats/travellers. not sure why there are glowing reviews of this place. I guess the interior is nice enough, in that carbon clone nouveau clubby sort of way that as popularized in the early 90s.

I guess go here is you like that sort of thing. Oh, there's a tranny hooker club popular with the expats next to the place, you could go there as well. If you like that sort of thing.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

This was my favorite meal in China. A friend who lives in Shanghai took us here for the all you can eat dim sum brunch on Sundays, and it was phenomenal. It gets very busy on Sundays so I recommend making a reservation. For 88 RMB per person we sampled ten or so different small plates and were completely stuffed. This is great deal for dim sum, as many restaurants charge 30-40 RMB for one plate of dumplings. Lynn is known for its shrimp dumplings, but there is an array of other options from various regions of China, such as lotus root stuffed with sticky rice, bbq pork buns and wonton soup. The menu also changes seasonally. I will dream about this meal forever.

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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Modern decor and good dishes. Service is variable, but certainly satisfactory. Good selection of wine and a decent bartender. Right next to the Portman, and I suspect the prices are far less than the hotel's restaurant. Nice place!

Thank return2asia
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

It has been my experience in China over a number of years that generally, restaurants start well, often supported by a celebrity chef or the owner and then gradually deteriorate and sink into oblivion. This is true of several top end ‘Bund’ type restaurants, others simply fail to maintain momentum and revert to the ordinary. Lynn is the exception which proves the rule, it began well, in its stylish home and has continued to excel, if anything, it has improved.

I ate there again last evening and was most impressed by everything. The white wine, an excellent Barron Philippe, was ice-cold, served from an ice bucket and very reasonably priced, the service was top notch, the supervisor, a Mr Zen, was charming and helpful. The food, a delightful mix of oriental, Shanghaiese with western touches, such as cleanliness and a lack of MSG. Even the loos are clean! Some dishes are prepared at the table and all are served hot, to western taste, not luke-warm.

Do not confuse this restaurant with the general run of Chinese establishments in Shanghai, with their tasteless, oily, over salted offerings. Zen has raised Shanghai cuisine above the ordinary and it has earned a place among the best, no matter what the genre.

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Thank Philip B
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

food was great. had an excellent meal there which catered to both my wife and I as well as my small children.

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