Lost Heaven on the Bund
No.17a Yanan East Road Huangpu District, Shanghai, China (The Bund)
Phone: 021 6330 0967
If you fancy some different flavors from the typical Shanghainese cuisine, get thee to Lost Heaven. Steps from the Bund, this restaurant, popular with expats and locals, serves cuisine from the Tea Horse Trail (primarily that of the Dai, Bai, Naxi, and Miao minorities of Yunnan Province in southwest China) with lots of Tibetan, Thai, and Burmese influences. Wooden floors and chairs, dark lighting, modern mood music, and photographs of Yunnan's minorities and snow capped mountains create just the right ambience. There's a separate menu of house favorites, as well as good English explanations of the various mushrooms and mountains of Yunnan. Try the Yunnan wild vegetable cake, Jicong mushrooms with assorted vegetables salad, Yi tribe stir-fry spicy beef, and spicy cod steamed in banana leaf. The tasty "Simmered Vegetables in Tamarind Juice," a typical West Yunnan dish, actually comes with pork. Lost Heaven's original, smaller, outlet is in the French Concession.