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It’s just over 24 hours before the Year of the Dog will start, but the sound of fireworks in Shanghai has already started, even though it is officially not allowed set off fireworks here. Qi and I had dinner at Cameo in Xujiahui tonight, one of the latest Italian restaurants in town (they opened in November). It’s located on the corner of Hengshan Lu an Tianping Lu. From the top floor you overlook Xujiahui park and a large part of the city. Every couple of minutes we saw beautiful fireworks, which made the dinner and the view even nicer than it already was.

If you like good Italian food you should try this restaurant out. We started with a glass of champagne, then foie gras and a combination of appetizers, followed by black pasta with spicy shrimps. The Californian Chardonnay we ordered fitted well to this. If you like a modern location, good service and food, a nice view and moderate prices (foie gras for less than 100 RMB, pasta for around 80 RMB) you should give it a try for dinner. They don’t have weekend brunches yet, but the manager told me that will start in a few months.

It was not my first good meal of the day, because this afternoon I already had a good lunch with all the China Bay staff (total 8 people) in La Seine. This restaurant has an appetizer and dessert buffet, and you can choose a main course. For prices between RMB 88 and RMB 138 not a bad choice. I had a sea bass filet (RMB 138), an excellent dish. During lunch I discussed with David (my business partner) that the first time I met him was about 3 years ago in the same restaurant. At that time I was trying to find investors for a company, and he was a potential investor. Interesting how things change, because now we run a (different) company together.

And last night I had dinner at Zin (Dan Shui Lu, in the park next to Yan’an Lu). Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Shanghai office had its annual dinner here, and as a spouse I was invited as well (thanks!). It was my first time in Zin, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised, both by the food (a buffet dinner with good wines) and the surroundings. The interior design is quite modern, but the combination of this with an old dark villa (is it an old villa? I am not sure actually) fits very well. In summer you can sit at the front balcony, or in the back on the deck over the small creek. A very special location. Shanghai is almost getting too many nice restaurants, and it will be more and more difficult to decide where to go.

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