Peking Duck Salad, Shanghai Lobster and the Creamiest Mushroom Spaghetti

2011/05/20 § 2 Comments

One of the things I love about being in New York is meeting many diverse and interesting people who I learn a lot from.

Many weeks ago, I attended a dinner event where I sat next to an accomplished photographer, a book editor and an energy trader.  One from Latin America, one from the Balkan region and the other from South Asia.  All well-traveled, intelligent, engaging and enthusiastic.  We’ve met up a couple of times since and have traded many stories and plans.  One of those meet-ups was at China Grill with the photographer and his lawyer-equestrienne wife and their friends – a Spanish sculptor, his wife and a beautiful young girl attending a program at the UN.

Lunch topics ranged from art in South America, the uprisings in the Middle East and Northern Africa, show-jumping events in Cannes, the beauty of Dubrovnik and Montenegro, etc.

All these while feasting on peking duck salad, seared tuna, lobster (and lobster fat!) and the most decadent and delicious mushroom pasta I’ve had in recent memory (trying to figure out how to get the sake madeira cream sauce recipe from them).  Quite surprising to find it not in an Italian restaurant, but in a chinese fusion restaurant of all places.  Lunch ended with various desserts and one (Great Wall) that we crack open with a spoon, like a pinyata, to reveal layers of rich cream and bananas inside.  Here is lunch in detail:

Thai Shrimp Cocktail 

~green papaya salad, cucumber-sesame cocktail sauce, sweet sour aioli~

Pan-Seared Spicy Tuna 

~ avocado sashimi and wakame seaweed salad ~

Peking Duck Salad

~ crispy wonton and tangerine orange dressing ~

Shanghai Lobster 

~ ginger curry and crispy spinach ~

Wild Mushroom Profusion Pasta

~ sake madeira cream sauce ~

Chef’s Dessert Selection

~ Profiteroles, Molten Lava Cake, Chocolate Framboise, Creme Brulee,  Chocolate Sushi ~

The Great Wall Dessert

~ caramelized banana, cream, chocolate and caramel ice cream ~

Always grateful for splendid days of gracious company, good discussion and great food….



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