LOST HEAVEN - What men think about romantic dinners
We all know what it’s like planning a dinner between a boyfriend & girlfriend, especially when the onus lies on the gent to do it. He has got some very key decisions to make which could alter the outcome of the whole evening. Do I bring her to a location where the ambience has a subtle romantic touch, aesthetic skyline view, beautiful dinner setting, all resulting in me coming away more hungrier than when I started the meal. Or do you bring her to a location of your choice, where you know for a fact you will get that belly of yours full on some ravishing medium priced fillet steak and eat like a man who hasn’t eaten in a decades…welcome to relationships 101 guys!
The location this time round was the bund residing Lost Heaven. Between themselves & their partner restaurant Coconut paradise, word of mouth in Shanghai surrounding these restaurants has been anything but subdued.
Upon arrival to Lost Heaven, I let the girlfriend do the check in rig-a-ma-role and I went to view their artwork, which I had previously heard was quite interesting. I had heard right. Some of the paintings and photos are from global locations, which are also termed ‘Lost Heaven’. All in all, I thought it was a very emotive way to create an entrance to a restaurant.
Up the stairs we went. Even though the restaurant was quite busy we were seated almost immediately. Although we were seated at a table for 4, the tables and chairs are designed to be spacious, so you can imagine the kind of room that we had. Even with 4 people, I would imagine that it would be a very enjoyable way to spread Lost Heaven’s Yunnan dishes in a way that everybody can enjoy a bite. The restaurant omits a very temple-like setting, with an un-place able aroma lingering in the air. The chairs themselves are almost king-like in their design, which is great for guys who want lots of space.
I can only speak for myself in these articles, but the very first thing I noticed when entering Lost Heaven was their amazing bar which covered the whole width of the restaurant. The bar is lit up with a spectacular white light highlighting each and every single bottle of liquor they possess. It was like candy to my eyes. Their cocktail list was not vast by any means, however, the lady responsible for looking after us assured us they have some very accomplished bartenders and I could ask for any cocktail I desire – wow, that sounds like bespoke tailor made drinks right? I like the sound of that!
Now to the food! We started off with marinated pork on a bed of salad. With a combination of a vinaigrette sauce, this meat was amazing for the palettes. The girlfriend ordered Tofu, which I have no idea why. To my readers, I have a tofu rule – the rule is, I never eat it so I can’t honestly tell you how it is. Next we moved on to some king fried shrimp sauced in a beautiful spicy tomatoey texture. These disappeared quite quickly, so a definite recommendation.
In true food heaven, the Yunnan dishes dominate the spotlight. Prices are affordable, higher rather than lower and served as true pieces of art.
The flavors are interesting and the dishes are innovative. From a man´s perceptive you don´t go there to order Tofu, but to enjoy one of their special man-made cocktails and to snack on some delicious pork after a long day at work. The place communicates the kind of creative but relaxed elegance that you want to bring your girlfriend to, but also allows you to leave your work and stress at the door.