To anyone who read my review of Le Royal Meridien hotel and noticed the excessive Matrix references, let me warn you: there is a danger this piece will go the same way. Because, as anyone who has visited TKNY restaurant in the Millennium Hongqiao Hotel will know, the main salon bears an undeniable resemblance to classic Bond villain headquarters. You know the type I mean – not the weapons operation centre full of buttons, gauges etc. – I mean the control suite of 007’s arch-nemesis, with a circle of white leather stools and a 3D holographic display of world domination in the centre.
You’ll find the Moonsha restaurant at 5 Zhong Shan Dong or, as most foreigners know it, 5 the Bund. Situated on the third floor below the much famed restaurant ‘5 on the Bund’, Moonsha is very different from its illustrious neighbour. It mixes high quality Japanese cuisine with a décor that, with its deep red and black colours, is reminiscent of Shanghai back in the 20’s and 30’s. The bar area also has fantastic views of the river and the skyscrapers on the other side.