First look: Prime 1921

The reincarnated steakhouse opens above Sasha's this Friday

Sasha’s new restaurant soft launches this week, officially opening its doors to the public on Friday 28. Perched on the second floor of the former Soong-family residence on Hengshan Lu, this refined French-style dining room, has proudly reincarnated Prime, which originally occupied the spot ten years ago.


The revamp has included new table tops and a fresh lick or paint, but the main changes are behind the pass. Poached back to run the kitchen is chef Sacha Hernaus from Lyon. Behind the bar is award-winning barman Nicholas Edward, from The Lark in Brisbane, Australia. Front of house are Michael Gardner and Julian Robertshaw, who’s also overseeing a redesign at Zapata’s next door.


This is a meat lovers’ menu, the highlight being the Tomahawk steak (800RMB/two people). This 1kg rib of Australian beef is carved at the table and served with a choice or four different sea salts (try the rosemary or smoked) and classic mustards. The truffle mash is good too. Despite the fine-dining feel, Prime 1921 is about unfussy food cooked to perfection. It’s set to give the other steakhouses that have opened this year something to chew on.

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Charlotte Middlehurst

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