You know Pierre knows his Asian cuisine like the back of his hand. He’s lived all over Asia including Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan and ate everything he laid his eyes on. To an extent. So while in Istanbul he had the opportunity to eat at the Shang Palace at the glorious Shangri-La hotel along the Bosphorus strait. It was magnificent! Just thinking about it now is getting me excited. This meal was l-e-g-e-n-d-a-r-y!
The style of the dining room was very classy and setup for an intimate mood. There were lots of customers but the way the tables were setup made us feel quite cozy and this I liked.
They told me it is the only restaurant offering authentic Cantonese food in all of Istanbul. I have to say I didn’t believe that it would taste authentic at first. However, I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong. After I gobbled up a few of these dishes I was brought directly back to Hong Kong. They have brought their entire kitchen staff from China and it’s clear in every bite. Everything had a very authentic taste along with being amazingly tasty.
We were taken care of by magnificent staff including a sommelier who really knew what he was doing. All of the wine pairings were completely fitting. The interesting part is that there were many local wines but somehow paired perfectly with the Chinese food.
We ate and ate and ate until we were on the verge of bursting. It’s hard to strategically eat less when everything tastes so damn good! Pierre is a hot and sour soup fanatic! As soon as I saw it on the menu I cried tears of joy. It was beyond great! Along with everything from fried won tons to Peking Duck my tastes buds were happy as ever.
Take a look at all of the photos, study them. The beauty of the food absolutely matched by the taste. If you are in Istanbul and are craving some amazing and authentic Cantonese Chinese food then there is only one place to go and that is to the Shang Palace at the Shangri-La hotel!
Sinanpasa Mah, Hayrettin Iskelesi Sok, No.1, Besiktas, Istanbul, 34353, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 275 8888