By William Wang
Even post Valentine's Day, there'll still be plenty of opportunity to sweep loved ones off their feet at Restaurant Week 2014. In Shanghai, from February 28 to March 9th, 130 fine dining restaurants will be offering discounted set menus, designed to compile the best of what the city's top restaurants can offer.
In China's metropolises, the number of high-end restaurants and the number of people interested in them continue to grow. Restaurant Week provides the perfect opportunity for people who are curious about fine dining to dive in, and for the connoisseurs to enjoy a discounted meal specially designed by some of Beijing's top restaurateurs and chefs.
Prices for three-course lunches will start at an impressively low 78 yuan, and three-course dinners at 168 yuan. In Shanghai last summer, Restaurant Week saw more than 30,000 people seizing the opportunity to fine dine the easy way.
The list of participating restaurants in the city continues to grow, and variety has become one of the foci for organizer Alessia Frisina. "We want as many different cuisines as possible," she says, listing off as many as she can recall. "Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Malaysian, Vietnamese… Especially for Chinese people, it's an opportunity to try a different cuisine without worrying about what to order or how much the bill will come out to be."
With 130 restaurants, Shanghai has the biggest Restaurant Week on the Chinese mainland. "Shanghai is established indeed," notes Frisina. "We like to keep adding new restaurants every edition. Luckily enough new restaurants open every day."
Prize winners from last year like M1NT will participate again, along with many other old hands and newcomers.
The last time Restaurant Week rolled through, restaurants got booked solid, disappointing more than a handful of prospecting diners. On February 18th, 11am, the online booking system will go live. Restaurant Week bookings can be made through the Restaurant Week website only, so don't waste those cell phone batteries.
For more information about Restaurant Week and participating restaurants see http://www.diningcity.com/en/shanghai.