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IVY Shanghai opens Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Monday, 20 October 2008

A designer Japanese teppanyaki restaurant - Kuromastsu - has opened at IVY Shanghai, a trendy new boutique hotel located in a converted 1950s cinema.

The signature restaurant brings high-end classic Japanese teppanyaki to newly fashionable Jingan district, a short stroll from the shopping and business hub of Nanjing West Road.

The 60-seat restaurant centres around a seven-chef teppanyaki grill serving classic teppanyaki prepared in traditional style using both seasonal local produce and top-quality imported ingredients.

Six different teppanyaki menus include American and Japanese Wagyu beef, abalone, crab, sea urchin and black cod. These are paired with a sophisticated selection of wines, eight types of sake and creative cocktails.

Heading the kitchen is chef Kevin Lee, formerly of Hong Kongs premier teppanyaki restaurant, Matsubishi.

Kuromastsu also features a 10-seat sushi bar and four multifunctional private rooms seating between 4-12 guests. A Japanese a la carte menu is also available and weekday business set lunch menus will soon be introduced.

Kuromastsu is designed in dark granite with flashes of colour in exotic trims of traditional obi dresses.

IVY Shanghai also includes a whimsical private coffee bar and WiFi lounge in a sky lit atrium on the second floor, where the cinema's original screen once stood.

The hotels bold styling by American-French designer Dillon Garris vamps up the interplay of ancient and modern Chinese design with funky lipstick-red lattice screens, grey brick walls reminiscent of Shanghai lanes and China pop art.

The 46-room IVY Shanghai is the first mainland China hotel by CHI - International, a luxury Asian hotel management firm that operates resorts and serviced apartments throughout Hong Kong and Fiji.

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