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Photograph: courtesy Ginger
91 Xingguo Lu

Singaporean Betty Ng, an experienced restauranteur, is the creator of Ginger, a pan-Asian restaurant with a menu mirroring Ng's own personal travels around the world. Calling itself an 'eclectic bistro', this three-level space features a lovely garden patio, a cozy second floor and a third floor available for private dining.

Ng studied French cuisine at the Tokyo branch of the prestigious Cordon Bleu academy and she uses her technical expertise as the foundation for developing a wide range of dishes spanning the globe. We visited Ng's home to learn one of her Vietnamese recipes which we featured in Time Out.

Ginger menu highlights include several dishes featuring the delectable signature housemade Nigari tofu, including the tofu salad (65RMB) served with an addictive sesame dressing. Our other favourites include the cauliflower and chives with tahini and yogurt (65RMB) and the spicy Asian herb beef and crispy rice (98RMB), a bowl of ground beef seasoned with lemongrass and served alongside lettuce cups.

We're also devotees of the 'Everything Ginger' dessert (65RMB) which is 'lovingly created with our flourless ginger cake, ginger candy, ginger ice cream and ginger jam'. It's spectacularly diverse in its gingery textures and nuances, and fans of this spicy root will be wholly smitten.

Venue name: Ginger
Opening hours: 10:30am-11pm Mon-Fri; 10am-11pm Sat; 10am-10pm Sun
Metro: Shanghai Library
English address: 91 Xingguo Lu, near Hunan Lu, Xuhui district
Chinese address: 徐汇区兴国路91号, 近湖南路