If you are looking for the best vegetarian restaurant in China, Fu He Hui is your best bet. Housed in a villa style, the Fu He Hui is one of the most-refined dining restaurant in Shanghai. Fu He Hui’s owner Fang Yuan and Chef Tony Lu has been together for years and expanded the Fu series of hotels throughout the city with a trio of restaurants Fu1039, Fu1088 and Fu1015 to provide the people of Shanghai with rich and quality vegetarian food.
Fu He Hui offers an 8-course menu and every dish in the menu is superb as the ingredients essence is captured in a great manner. You cannot find a tinge of oil in most of the items and use of salt is only minimal. Soups are awesome and extremely pure especially the mushroom soup that tastes like condensed cream of the mushroom, but without all the calories and the weight.
The interior comes with a contemporary design completely moving away from the colonial style setting. The floors look like mirrors with the polished black granite floors and reflects the colors of the walls and ceilings beautifully. The furniture adorn a natural wood tone to provide a warm and eloquent setting. The walls are fitted with exquisitely carved Chinese cabinets that are filled with ceramic teapots.
Chef Tony Lu only started working in high-end restaurants at the age of 30 and now at 37, he looks after five popular restaurants and one of them being named as the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list by Restaurant Magazine in 2013. And also having the honor of the only Chinese restaurant in Shanghai to be in the list.
Chef Lu started his culinary career at a young age and worked through his way up the culinary industry with his ultimate passion for cooking. When a job of a Chef in a high-end restaurant is considered to be a premium and respected jobs in other parts of the world, it is not the case in China. It is often considered as a lowly job, but Chef Lu is an exception on that aspect as he is extremely popular in the Chinese Cuisine circle.
When Mandarin Oriental was searching for an extraordinary culinary talent to head is acclaimed Chinese restaurant, Yong Yi Tang, Chef Lu was chosen for his innovative thinking and for producing some of the best Chinese cuisines in the industry. One of the main reasons that made Chef Lu stand out from the crowd is because of his bold move to shift away from just providing Cantonese and Sichuan flavors, but mixed with menus that were locally inspired.
According to Chef Lu, one of the main reasons for his success is credited to his passion towards to his cooking and even without training under a high-end Chef, he had the freedom to create his own unique cuisine.
Michelin Guide Shanghai 2018: One Star ☆
Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2017: #48