Disrespecting The Lobster At Dynasty

Dynasty Restaurant

Dynasty is unlike any restaurant you will find in the western world. It’s as over the top as you can get. Dynasty calls their restaurants (the city has three of them) hotels because they look and feel more like a 5-star hotel than a restaurant.

The restaurant is made from miles of imported marble and a lot of gold. The place caters to Shanghai’s new rich, government officials with expense accounts and foreigners wishing to experience a restaurant that is beyond anything they can get back home. The Dynasty we went to had four floors. All the dining rooms are private except for the open room on the top floor.

The prices at Dynasty is actually not that bad. That is, it’s not that bad as long you as stay away from the dish that I had – the live Australian lobster. The lobster at Dynasty accounted for 1,114RMB of our 1,282RMB dinner bill. Can you see why I disrespected him?

No doubt you had live seafood before. However, this is taking it to a whole other level. If you belong to the Save The Lobster Society, don’t watch the video.

Dynasty Restaurant

Dynasty Restaurant

Dynasty Restaurant

Dynasty Restaurant

Dynasty Restaurant

Dynasty Restaurant

52 thoughts on “Disrespecting The Lobster At Dynasty”

  1. Paul B says:

    I’m more of a burger man myself 🙂

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    1. Ed Lau says:

      Then you don’t know what you’re missing.

      Lobsters are delicious…especially if they’re pissed that you’re showing them a piece of themselves before you eat it.

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    2. Michael Kwan says:

      Lobster sashimi is positively divine. I tried it a few years back at Dai Masu (Cambie and Broadway, Vancouver), but that location is now closed down. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as incredibly fresh seafood.

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  2. the food looked good and Dynasty looks amazing! With the chair cover, I think it was more to maintain the aesthetic of the restaurant…still, great video!

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  3. Ed Lau says:

    I tried to explain this to people at Dot Com Sushi last week but I don’t think they fully grasped the concept.

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    1. Di1 says:

      Explain what?

      By the way, 00:26 is my favorite scene of the video

  4. BlogAngry says:

    That looks unreal

  5. Darren Alff says:

    Oh man! That video was graphic. How could you eat that thing when it was still moving like that… and staring at you. haha!

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    1. John Chow says:

      You eat it because that thing is simply delicious! 😀

  6. The site isn’t working properly John, your screen takeover signup form and footer forms create quite the mess when they fight with the video to be on top.

    Also, am I the only one who finds it disturbing to cut an animal in half and let it suffer while you eat the other half? That’s not evil, it’s disturbed.

    Major loss of rep from me on this one…

  7. Tyler says:

    John which restaurant was it that you had Live Lobster last time? This isnt the same place is it?

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    1. John Chow says:

      It is the same place, just a different location.

  8. Melody says:

    I used to love lobsters/crabs/shrimp…my hometown is a seaport on long island…so we had them all the time..

    but after a friend told me they are the “insects of the ocean..” I haven’t been able to eat them since..lol

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  9. What a great way to top things off with juicy watermelon with seeds still in them >: )


  10. Yeah, I can see why you disrespected the lobster at Dynasty! I love seafood, but I have never had lobster. It’s one of those dishes that I have always wanted to try, and have absolutely no idea how you tackle!

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  11. BlogAngry says:

    It looks Delicious

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  12. Is this at all humane? Have to think if someone was eating part of me while I was still alive it would be painful.

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    1. John Chow says:

      As far as I know, the lobster doesn’t feel anything. Their brains are too small to perceive pain. The lobster is already dead. The movements you see are just reflexes.

    2. Ben Pei says:

      That’s nothing Michael. You haven’t seen them eat monkey brains.. the same way.

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    3. Man I think that was disgusting, if it moves then still not food for me. It looks to me like eating some kind of roach! I had never like the sea food and know even less. If it is not tuna fish taken from the can I will not eat it.

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      1. Michael Kwan says:

        You’ve only had canned tuna? You need to get out more. It may be a bit of a shocker at first, but most people come to love sushi and sashimi if they give it a chance. A nice way to ease your way into it is to try tuna tataki or ahi tuna, since that is seared on the outside first.

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      2. Stephen says:

        If it’s in a can, it gets fed to dogs and cats. Seriously. You’re missing out on a LOT of things if you can only see as far as a tin of tuna. Time to throw away the can opener and experience everything the sea has to offer.

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  13. yumiang says:

    Wow, I thought eating my sushi in front of my roomie’s goldfish was cruel. (“I’m eating one of your relatives”)…
    Oh man, I’m surprised you didn’t slap the sashimi in the lobster’s face…

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  14. Michael Zhao says:

    It looks so good…I am sooo hungry now…it beats a tuna sandwich any day, which I am having for lunch. The time will come when I will ball like you John!

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  15. judge says:

    that looks tasty…
    last time I was in China I had a 6 course duck meal, the last course being the ducks head brought back out split in two with a spoon to eat the brains…
    waste not, want not.

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  16. Bob Buskirk says:

    The food looks great! Nice way to disrespect a lobster!

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  17. Pyj says:

    LOL!!! That is so disgusting!! But it’s the second time I’ve seen you do that so it wasn’t as bad this time. 🙂

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  18. Ray Ebersole says:

    Ah, the live legs for the first course. You have to wonder if it could feel anything. They were using dry ice from the looks of it to numb the lobster.

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  19. Zac Johnson says:

    It’s time for you to find something even more strange to eat. You got me with the jelly fish in Vegas… that was a first!

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    1. Michael Kwan says:

      If you’re looking for strange, John’s in the right country. China is filled with quite a few “unique” food items, including deep-fried insects, live monkey brain, snake soup, and the like.

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      1. Stephen says:

        I think Monkey Brain is a “Flip” thing. I saw some documentary where you can still get it, but they take you into the middle of the jungle and they have picnic tables with holes cut into them for the head. Crazy.

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  20. RTFVerterra says:

    What o good meal, I love lobsters, of course cooked lobsters. I am not particular on ho wit was cooked, the important is, its lobster. hmm yummy

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  21. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    Omg John, I’m drooling by looking at the food photos. Seems that you always had nice meal huh?


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  22. Scott Ford says:

    That is crazy, but I don’t think I would ever eat there.

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  23. kitchen says:

    Great pics! Had to be a unique experience.

  24. fas says:

    After watching the video I have joined save the lobster society, LOL.

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  25. BlogAngry says:

    Even the Watermelon looks good

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  26. Rhys Davies says:

    The size on that lobster was massive. Did it have a price for the big one?

    How much was the lobster you bought in $?

    Looks like a nice but Expensive place.

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    1. John Chow says:

      My lobster came to $198US or 88% of the price of the meal.

  27. The food looks stunning, you must be having a great time 🙂

  28. Rick Vaughn says:

    Nice John, couldn’t help but noticing the lobster still moving while your picking up it’s guts. I’m no longer hungry!

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    1. I know what you mean, I were about to go to the kitchen to eat but now i am not hungry anymore, even less after I puke, lol

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    2. Stephen says:

      Fresh ingredients are the hallmark of the world’s best cuisines. You can’t get much fresher than still moving 😀

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  29. Vu Tong says:

    What city or state is the restaurant in?

    The food looks delicious!

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    1. John Chow says:

      Shanghai, China.

  30. I’ve always loved to eat lobsters. I just hope my next lobster dish will be as much loved by me as before after having watched your video. You’re right the restaurant looks more like a 5 star hotel.

    Peter Lee

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  31. Hikari says:

    The food looks delicious!
    And what are the other dishes?

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  32. Everything looks so delicious!

  33. I’ve never had lobster, but I’m always hearing about how great it is. Very tempting.

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    1. I agree, a lot of my friends rave about lobster, especially when on the East coast..

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  34. Well these kind of comments were not expected from you –

    # This is how you look like from inside

    # See you in second course …

    This was like you are writing the dialogue of some predator or alien movie … lollzz

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