To launch Sydney’s elegant and playful Chinese eatery and bar, head chef Chris Yan and Lotus Dining hosted a night of frivolity and surprise for media at Madame Shanghai on Tuesday 2 May.
On arrival, guests were greeted by the wonderful drag queen, Penny Tration and enjoyed canapes and Asian-inspired cocktails in the Madame Shanghai bar. The Chinoiserie décor and bold colour palette of malachite, blues and pinks of the restaurant took guests to 1930’s Shanghai in the heart of Darlinghurst.
To begin the intimate feast, Yan served a selection of yum cha dishes, including scallop and snow pea dumplings; barbecued duck and spinach dumplings; spicy chicken salad; and baby octopus.
The famous Penny Tration hosted two rounds of theatrical, complete with guests dressed up in feather baos and masks.
Guests feasted on soft shell crab; wok-fried sizzling king prawns; and oven baked red oxtail. The highlight of the night was the sticky pork hock with tamarind and rosella.
Madame Shanghai’s dessert connoisseur, Tiffany Jones served her take on mango pudding and coconut matcha wagon wheel. This was paired perfectly with cocktail artist, Kate Mc Graw’s “Poets and Artists” cocktail (buttered cognac, saline, mustard seed and liquorice root).
All departed the elegant and playful eatery feeling frivolous and full, feather boas still on…
Guests included Broadsheet, Concrete Playground, Delicious, Sydney Morning Herald, and Channel Seven.
The menu on the night…
The famous Penny Tration…