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The Dining Room, also known as Yue Xuan (悦轩) is a Chinese restaurant that specializes in Jiangnan cuisine, located on the 87th floor of Park Hyatt Shanghai, Pudong. Since it opened mid-2019, it has received consistent high praise for its contemporary Chinese cuisine, and for good reason.

This where you should go if you want to experience some excellent modern Chinese food.

The Dining Room & Chef Yang Chao

The Dining Room serves Jiangnan cuisine. That’s food from Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu.

The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai.

Heading the kitchen is the extremely talented Executive Chef Yang Chao. He is nicknamed Young Yang—he’s born in 1988—and it’s a moniker that comes with great respect, as most accomplished Chinese chefs are well into their later years. (The restaurant just received one diamond in the latest Black Pearl guide.)

The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai.

Yang has been in kitchens since he was 14 and has put a good 10 years of professional experience under his belt. He’s also devoted to research and development of the menu, searching China’s wet markets for new, quality ingredients.

The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai.

Chef Yang was proud to show me photos from his travels—from tiny yellow tomatoes no bigger than a thumbnail from Xiamen (too fragile to transport to Shanghai) to finger-length mulberries and lamb from Inner Mongolia. The menu changes seasonally, and some new dishes are inspired by these finds.

Jiangnan Cuisine at The Dining Room

The Dining Room has just launched their new spring menu! Here’s what I tried—signatures and new dishes.

First off, order the signature crispy pork cheek. It’s made to resemble the famed Shanghainese dish, “xunyu” smoked fish. Pork neck is cooked with a mixture of raspberry vinaigrette, balsamic vinegar and sharp Kangle vinegar. The sweet-sour exterior has that desirable crispiness, while the meat remains tender on the inside.

Crispy pork cheek. The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Crispy pork cheek (¥98) with soy sauce, vinegar and a touch of chili.

Another signature is the celery, a simple vegetable dish with soy sauce and vinegar that demonstrates the chef’s knife skills.

Celery. The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Celery (¥48) with soy sauce and vinegar – cut and presented to evoke the Buddha’s Hand.

Of the new spring dishes, the marinated bean curd is a must-try appetizer. Aged bean curd is painstakingly molded, and then stuffed with tofu, Chinese toon (cuncong 椿葱) and pecans. The old tofu has an almost cheesy aroma, like smoked fermented ricotta.

Marinated bean curd. The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Marinated bean curd (¥98)
Pickled cherry radishes. The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Pickled daikon (¥78) with flax seed oil – Tart, crunchy pickled cherry radishes from Chongming with Zhameng flowers (扎蒙花) from Inner Mongolia. The flowers is a type of allium, of the same family with onions and garlic. Also an excellent appetizer.

Soups are at the core of Chinese cuisine, and the ones at The Dining Room are exceptional. All soups are made with a premium “mother stock” that requires three days of prep and a roiling boil of Liaoning yellow chicken, pork bones and vegetables, among other ingredients.

Madam Song soup from Hangzhou .The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Madam Song Soup (¥88) – A peppery Hangzhou soup with cod, bamboo and ginger.
Stewed dish balls made with gluten "you mian jing". The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Stewed fish balls (¥198) – These feathery puffs are made with a combination of gluten, milk and fish, stewed in a light sauce with “pear bamboo” and shepherd’s purse vegetables (jicai 荠菜).
Taizhou bean curd. The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Stewed “Taizhou” bean curd (¥108) with mushrooms, salted pork, shrimp and superior soup. Tofu. The tofu is even more aged than the appetizer tofu. The soup base is made from the second boil of the “mother broth”. Excellent with a bowl of rice.

The baked duck is also a must-order. A whole duck is marinated with soy sauce, sweet fermented rice wine and salted ham, then cooked in oil and huangjiu (yellow wine).

Baked duck in lotus leaf with abalone. The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Chef Yang’s signature baked duck (¥488), wrapped in lotus leaf with bamboo shoots. You can also get it with baby abalone (¥988).

It’s also stuffed with bamboo and abalone. The flavor is incredible—lots of umami, slightly sweet and has a light breathiness from the huangjiu.

Baked duck in lotus leaf with abalone. The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩) is a Chinese restaurant specializing in Jiangnan cuisine at Park Hyatt Shanghai. This is what modern Chinese food looks like. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence
Steamed air-dried chicken (¥268) – Buried under the salted air-dried chicken are fluffy clouds of snow fungus. The texture of the snow fungus is excellent, almost meat-like, and soaks up the flavor from the chicken. A fantastic dish. I would definitely order this again.
Sauteed razor clams with leek. The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Sautéed razor clams (¥198) with leek, scallions and fresh, diced chilies, served with scallion pancakes. A pure comfort food in my opinion.
Scallion pancakes. The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Scallion pancakes
Black pepper beef. The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Black Pepper Beef (¥388) – Crispy on the outside and buttery tender on the inside. A crowd pleaser.

In Summary: Worth The Journey

Chef Yang re-interprets classic Jiangnan dishes and adds signature creations for a truly distinctive culinary experience at The Dining Room. This is what modern Chinese cuisine looks and tastes like. Definitely worth trying.

Signatures: Crispy pork cheek, celery, steamed air-dried chicken, Taizhou bean curd, baked duck.

New spring menu dishes: Pickled daikon, marinated bean curd, sautéed razor clams, stewed fish balls, black pepper beef.

The Dining Room (Yue Xuan 悦轩), modern Chinese restaurant serving Jiangnan cuisine at the Park Hyatt Shanghai.

Book Your Table!

The Dining Room also has two 7-course lunch deals for two to share for ¥798 (original price ¥1,428). One is seafood-based, one is a features signature dishes.

These deals are available until June 30, 2021. Pre-pay required. Details in the link below.

Click here to book your seat now!

All prices above are net.


The Dining Room 悦轩 @ Park Hyatt Shanghai
Address: Park Hyatt Shanghai, 87/F, 100 Shiji Dadao, near Dongtai Lu 世纪大道100号上海柏悦酒店87楼, 近东泰路
Tel: 68881234
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9pm