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Photograph: courtesy Ember
1515 Nanjing Xi Lu
This ultra-sleek Japanese joint is China’s second location (after Shenzhen) from prestigious Japanese yakiniku restaurant Nakahara in Tokyo. There’s two dining options: one of the eight counter seats that do Niku Kappo, ie watching the chefs meticulously prepare a 11- course menu (1,280RMB) or the slightly cheaper route (880RMB), down a spa-like corridor with private rooms for yakiniku omakase. Both set menus read only in Chinese, but in this case trusting the experts is a fine rule to live by.
Venue name: Ember
Opening hours: Midday-2pm (lunch); 6-10pm (dinner) daily
Metro: Jingan Temple
English address: Second Floor Jingan Kerry Centre 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Yanan Zhong Lu, Jingan district
Chinese address: 静安区南京西路静安嘉里中心南区2楼S2-04号