Summer is winding down, although if you have a chance to get to the outdoor patio at Shanghai Terrace, 108 E. Superior Street in the Peninsula Hotel, don’t miss it. Enjoying this upscale Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly restaurant while dining on the serene patio is not to be missed. It truly is my favorite outdoor patio space in Chicago — sophisticated, elegant, and peaceful, with spectacular views of the John Hancock building and Water Tower Place. Not only are you surrounded by lush foliage, the mood is tranquil and the service is very attentive.
When I was dining with two colleagues during lunch, no less than five servers approached our table, refilling our water glasses, asking if we’d like another cocktail, or if there was anything else they could bring us. The patio has bright red cushions on the couches, some lovely sculptures, and a relaxing ambience. Definitely call for a reservation, which are only accepted for the indoor dining space, but request an outdoor table and they will do their best to accommodate you.
The food presentation was beautiful — colorful (chicken & shrimp dumpling in “Happiness Plum Blossom”), delicious (Szechuan string beans, with minced pork and roasted garlic) and fun (lobster and chicken dumplings with black truffle). Try one of their signature cocktails — worth the price. Prices for lunch range from $10 for Wonton Soup to $80 for a full order of Peking Duck (or, $42 for a half order). I recommend getting a combination of the Dim Sum items listed, and adding a few vegetable dishes, which is plenty for lunch.
108 E Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611