Shi Ke, in Binjiang, is a high-end dumpling restaurant that serves steamed buns, noodles, shaomai and wontons. It has been much praised for its interior design and indeed many of its customers are designers from the nearby offices.
It represents the best in modern Chinese design, with a clean, minimalistic feel. A wall of wood panels set in a vertical pattern resemble bamboo stalks. Polished white stone walls and floor-to-ceiling windows ensure ample brightness. Even the bathroom is a place you wouldn’t mind lingering in.
Thin and delicate porcelain bowls and plates glazed in muted colours grace the tables. Rather than being all the same style, the bowls and plates have different colours and designs, giving the feeling that they are art pieces.
With so much attention placed on the aesthetics, more work could have been put into the food. We found the dishes either under seasoned, overly salty or too oily. When you charge 35RMB for five little dumplings, customers will expect a certain quality.
Regardless of the food, Shi Ke is an attractive restaurant. You can come for tea (45-50RMB per pot) or a fresh squeezed fruit juice (30-40RMB) and admire the surroundings and tableware. Chinese only menu. Parking is available and the Line 4 metro extension will soon open with a station nearby.