Italian restaurant La Scala at The Sukhothai Shanghai, has just refreshed their menu for the season with seafood at the forefront. (There’s a Neapolitan seafood stew that’s particularly stellar.)
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About La Scala
La Scala is a contemporary Italian restaurant in The Sukhothai Shanghai on Weihai Lu, next to HKRI Taikoo Hui mall. The hotel opened in 2018, the brand’s second location after Bangkok. It’s a gorgeous property—architecture and interiors were designed by well-known Shanghai firm Neri & Hu.
The restaurant has an open kitchen set against the backdrop of emerald green ceramic tiles. There’s also a kitchen bar/chef’s table. It’s smart-casual and the prices are approachable.
On The Menu: The Food at La Scala
La Scala has a new menu of regional Italian dishes with a number of excellent sea-faring options. Here’s what to expect.
The star dish is the Impepata di Cozze e Vongole (¥208), a massive pot of Neapolitan peppered tomato stew brimming with seafood. It’s listed as an antipasti to share on the menu, but it could very well be a main course.
It’s a heaving bowl that comes laden with tender octopus leg, mussels, clams, tiger prawns, and Hokkaido scallops, and two slices of toasted garlic bread. It’s a light-bodied broth, which leaves you room to try more dishes. (Impepata means peppered in Neapolitan dialect.)
There are about a half dozen pastas and risottos to choose from. The Gnocchetti Sardi (¥288) is a shoo-in. The shelled pasta is served in a cherry tomato and seafood bisque with tender bites of Boston lobster.
Unfortunately I didn’t have room for another pasta. If I did go back, I’d definitely want to try the Wild Mushroom Risotto (¥138) with white truffle oil and shaved Yunnan black truffle.
For mains, don’t miss the Roasted Black Cod Fillet (¥258). The skin is lightly crisped and dusted with lemon zest, served with garlic mayonnaise and glazed ginger baby carrots.
If seafood isn’t your go-to, there’s always the Grilled Australian M5 Wagyu Beef Ribeye (¥418), served with black pepper sauce, creamy mashed potato, green asparagus, and tomatoes.
For dessert, there’s an Amalfi-Style Lemon Cake (¥68), made with lemons from Anyue. (Anyue is China’s only county devoted to the commercial production of lemons.)
Alternatively, La Scala has Sgroppino (¥78). It’s an Italian cocktail, but they’ve twisted it into a dessert. It’s house-made lemon sorbet topped with prosecco, vodka and lemon zest.
La Scala is a great dinner date spot. And the standard of service is what you’d expect from a hotel of this caliber.
Additionally, they also have some excellent value lunch sets; dishes rotate every week. Express lunch sets are ¥138 for three courses (starter, main, dessert) or ¥148 for four courses, including a soft drink tea, or regular coffee. (Add ¥40 for a glass of red or white wine.)
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- 20% off your food bill. Valid from Monday to Wednesday, dinner only.
- Order the Impepata di Cozze e Vongole and get a complimentary drink. (Soft drink, coffee, glass of house red or white wine.) Valid for lunch and dinner.
- Four-course sharing set menu for two for ¥988. Includes seafood stew, wild mushroom risotto, cod fillet, M5 wagyu ribeye, and two glasses of wine. Valid for dinner only. (Original price: ¥1,228)
La Scala @ The Sukhothai Shanghai
Address: 1/F, The Sukhothai, 380 Weihai Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu 威海路380号1楼, 近石门一路
Hours: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
*All prices above are subject to 10% service charge and 6.6% value-added tax.