Birthdays, Chris, Food reviews - Shanghai, Uncategorized CHRIS’ BIRTHDAY @ DES LYS FRENCH RESTAURANT 4 April 2009


Des Lys
178 Xinle Road
French Concession
Shanghai, China
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It was Chris’ birthday last week, which was also a day before I flew off to Hong Kong and Singapore (the reason I’ve been AWOL lately.. posts coming soon) and Chris flew off to India, so we decided a romantic, quiet date would be the best way to celebrate. After poking around online trying to find the perfect place, we settled on Des Lys. We weren’t disappointed.

Living in a city where Chinese food is so prevalent, it’s a bit of a treat to have some Western food. I should clarify though – it’s not that Western food is hard to find, quite the contrary. It’s the fact that Western food is just so friggin’ expensive here!! It’s the same price as what you’d pay in Australia… and when you put it in context, it’s pretty painful to pay $20 for pasta when you can pay $2 for an amazing bowl of noodles.

Nothing like a cosy, warm French restaurant to celebrate a birthday.. so it was the perfect location. Service was incredibly polite and sweet, and all staff spoke English. We felt really taken care of and comfortable through the meal. The prices are actually quite reasonable – probably a bit cheaper than the equivalent (ie. French restaurant with fab food) in Australia.

We kicked off with Homemade goose liver terrine with caramelised apple and fresh baked toast, a delectably creamy treat full of flavour. It was absolutely delicious, and one of the best terrine I’ve had – will definitely go back for more. The Escargot in burgundy style was surprisingly tender and lovely,though I would have wanted double the amount for the prices. It was a treat to dip the French baguette they served into the melted butter/garlic/herb sauce. Mmm!

My main was the carefully selected Sauteed scallops, truffles and mushroom cappuccino, because it’s not that common to find great, fresh seafood at any ‘ol place in Shanghai. It was more filling than expected, and actually made me feel a bit scallop-and-mushroom’d out by the time I was halfway through. The sliced black truffles was a nice touch, but actually didn’t have much flavour (I suspect they’re Chinese truffles and not the proper imported ones). Some mashed potatoes would have made the dish perfect, because it had no carbs (and I get angry when I don’t get carbs into my belly).

Chris’ Grilled lamb chops with mustard seed mashed potatoes were divine, because it’s just so hard to come across great lamb chops here. I would have preferred it they had served leaner meat, but it was still tender and delicious. The dish needed 1 or 2 more lamb chops though 😉

Dessert was a shared Cheese plate with goat cheese, camembert, gouda, blue cheese which was thoroughly enjoyable. I loved the blue cheese, which was subtle yet ‘smelly’ enough and beautifully creamy. We were saving ourselves for the Banana & chocolate cake from Awfully Chocolate, which I brought to the restaurant. To our delight and amusement, the staff turned off the restaurant lights and came out singing “Happy Birthday” to Chris!

A very pleasant, warm meal.. and how lovely to find a great French restaurant so close to where we live. The Digestif served after dinner was also a nice touch. Go there on a date and impress your significant other!


Des Lys

The warm interior

Fresh baked baguette and Gerard Betran South of France wine

My wonderful birthday boy 🙂

Homemade goose liver terrine with caramelised apple and fresh baked toast

Escargot in burgundy style

Sauteed scallops, truffles and mushroom cappuccino

Grilled lamb chops with mustard seed mashed potatoes

Cheese plate with goat cheese, camembert, gouda, blue cheese

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Banana & chocolate cake from Awfully Chocolate. YUM!!!

Post-dinner Digestif

An awesome dinner date 🙂


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      It was such a nice meal.. v happy to have found a good french place 🙂

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    The food looks wonderful. Especially the goose liver, scallops and lamb. Yum.

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    • beverly posted on April 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm

      It was so fun to go out on a nice date, and awesome to find good French food here. Woo!

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    Oh wow! Awfully chocolate is in China huh? I love that cake! But just all chocolate 🙂

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    • beverly posted on April 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm

      Ooo i’ve never tried that, is it exactly the same as our one, just without banana? or is the choc different?

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      • am_klutz posted on April 5, 2009 at 4:44 am

        Yup! It’s like Lana – but I feel better because it’s more moist!

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      Re: 3 years old!

      Aw thanks hon. He is officially “late 20s”, heh!

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    we were SO cheesed out tonight *mock faint*

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    • beverly posted on April 5, 2009 at 3:02 am

      Awww so sad i missed out on it! was so looking forward to hanging out..

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      • tiffanyx posted on April 5, 2009 at 10:50 am

        when you come back in aug lor~~ =) am sure amanda will work something out for you! 🙂

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  • madmoneymonkey posted on April 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Happy birthday dear Cuz-in-law!!

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    • beverly posted on April 5, 2009 at 3:03 am

      The boy is getting old.. wahaha!

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      It was soooo $$ but it’s hard to come by good choc cakes here!

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    Wow, this restaurant looks elegant, classy and yummy! The snails and lamb look first rate and the cake looks to die for good. Happy belated birthday to Chris and many happy returns!

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    • beverly posted on April 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

      Aww thanks hon, that’s really nice of you. We had a great time!

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    Looks like a great birthday dinner 🙂

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      Awww so sad i missed out on it! was so looking forward to hanging out..

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    Aww, happy birthday Chris! Looks like you two had a great night! When I first saw that last pic, I thought you were wearing those flowers in your hair 🙂

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    • beverly posted on April 5, 2009 at 4:46 pm

      Hahah I noticed that too, what a bad angle, I look like I’ve got something funky growing out of my head 😉

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      Hahah I noticed that too, what a bad angle, I look like I’ve got something funky growing out of my head 😉

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    The food looks absolutely scrumptious!! Did you guys have all that and the birthday cake as well?? Wow..

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    • beverly posted on April 8, 2009 at 10:21 am

      Nah just a chunk of it.. ate the rest at home 🙂

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      Nah just a chunk of it.. ate the rest at home 🙂

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    What a beautiful dinner and cake! Also you two live such a fabulous life- you dashing off to HK for work and he to India. I still have to figure out how to get my boyfriend here… he hasn’t really tried looking for a job yet but we’ve talked about it and it just seems so daunting for him because his current company is very small and specialized, so he has to somehow make a jump to a multinational but with an expat package (yeah I know impossible!) . :T

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      Yeah it’s tough with the current economy right now.. 🙁 Don’t worry, slowly does it and if he’s focused on working in an MNC, it willcome 🙂

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