Second Helpings: Light & Salt Daily
What: A tranquil restaurant, in the heart of the city, from the Light & Salt team
Where: 407 Shanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu. Tel: 5266 0930. Web: www.light-n-salt.com
Why: To try the revamped menu and signature dishes by Executive Chef Liu Yang
Chef Liu Yang was recently named as one of China’s Top 10 contestants in San Pellegrino Young Chef 2016, and is eager to leave his mark on the restaurant’s new dinner menu. Having worked in Canada’s leading gastronomic scene, he has, by his own admission, been heavily influenced by Vancouver’s fresh seasonal seafood culture, as well as Montreal’s French and Irish meat dishes. This experience has now become his inspiration for his fusion Asian dishes.
We particularly enjoyed the new seafood dishes on the menu, and were happy to hear that Chef Liu has followed the sustainable sea farming practices drummed into him in Vancouver, by selecting sustainable seafood suppliers and reducing seafood product waste. The “two ways wild brown crab” (RMB 498) was a highlight of the menu, with a sweet, yet tangy Thai style salad with pomelo and thick chunks of crab leg, and tagliatelle pasta, served in the shell with a creamy lemon, garlic and burgundy sauce. The pan-fried Hokkaido scallops, with mushroom, homemade bacon, beetroot chips and green peas puree (RMB 117), were also a great ode to seafood.
In terms of meat, the seared duck breast (RMB 147), with le puy green lentils, cumin carrot puree, cabbage, garlic, confit peach, cabbage and orange reduction, was a rustic, hearty affair, with perfectly balanced ingredients which sits well in the autumnal menu. Speaking of hearty fare, the raspberry crumble (RMB 57), made from whole wheat crumble and accompanied by cheese ice cream, is not to be missed.
Light & Salt Daily has also recently launched a gourmet delivery service, DeLightful by Light & Salt. The allday delivery service offers some favourites from the restaurant’s menu, as well as a selection of exclusive dishes. Currently DeLightful delivers within Shanghai Puxi’s inner ring and is available to order through various leading local food delivery apps, so check it out!