Lunch at Madam Zhu’s Kitchen

Madam Zhu’s Kitchen is a restaurant in the Pudong New Area. As such, it caters to Shanghai’s movers and shakers. The kitchen is very large and can easily accommodate 1,000 diners or more. If you have a very important business meeting you can request one of the many private rooms.

Like many high end Shanghai restaurants, the number of servers to customers ratio is nearly one to one. Labor in China is pretty cheap so companies hire a lot of people to do redundant jobs, like greeters at the door and even an elevator operator to push the button that gets you to the restaurant on the third floor. Our server was always within six feet of us. As far as I can tell, she was assigned to serve our table only. This level of service can be quite unsettling. Because our server was always within touching distance, I kept getting this feeling that she was watching us eat.

The food at Madam Zhu’s was very good, much better than the Fortune Restaurant we dined at a few nights ago. As lunches go, this one was pretty extravagant, with nearly a dozen courses. I never found out what the bill came to because person who invited us grabbed it before I had a chance to. I’m sure it wasn’t cheap.


26 thoughts on “Lunch at Madam Zhu’s Kitchen”

  1. Ruben Ricart says:

    Looks very traditional and great! although I admit I would be a bit freaked out if I felt my waitress was watching me eat….thanks for sharing John!

  2. Ryan McLean says:

    You love talking about your lunch don’t you john?

    1. I heard a fact today that when people around the world go out for lunch, they’re doing it to be like John Chow. True story. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. fas says:

        LOL, John is a celebrity for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. kuuzak says:

    That was the tastiest video I have seen in a while.

  4. Melody says:

    Yum…you find some of the best nutrition in the skin of popular fruits and veggies

  5. Wow, what’s that roast duck? Or chicken? Looks delicious. I love dining out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. John Chow says:

      That dish is call Peking Duck. It’s really good.

      1. Ben Pei says:

        Yeah especially with the sauce right? They have to go together!

        1. John Chow says:

          Yep, you need the sauce for sure!

  6. Tran Harry says:

    Although occasionally I dislike having to wait for a refill of strawberry lemonade from my server, I would not like the idea of having a server so close to our table that they literally are watching you eat.

  7. Silvia says:

    It is interesting to learn about chinese culture of reatauration.

  8. Michael Zhao says:

    You making me hungry again John! I’ll guess I’ll just settle for a protein shake and an apple for now…

  9. I wouldn’t be able to eat if a waitress was watching me ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Alexandru says:

    From what does Pecking comes ?
    Looks tasty. Been through pictures from new pudong area, seems like even the kitchen is lovelly there

  11. Dean Saliba says:

    I don’t think I’d be able to go to a place like this. I hate the thought of people watching mne eat! I have trouble eating a chocolate bar in public!

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, you can request the server to leave or stand further away from your table.

      1. Do you tip at these places? I know in a lot of countries, you dont need to (esp Europe and a few other Asian countries I have been to)

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  12. still about amazing shanghai……I will dream vacation to shanghai tonight

  13. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    Wow..seems delicious! I personally love duck too.. I’m drooling..:D

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  14. John you always find great places to dining out.

    How much have you spent so far in all this days in Shanghay? You love to eat out for what it seems.
    Well I guess if I got the money I will do the same.

    That Duck looks delicious,
    Now I got to go for something to eat.

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    1. John Chow says:

      I generally don’t keep track on what I spend when I’m traveling. I just know that it’s less than what I make. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. MLDina says:

    Where’s your MarketLeverage attire? No ‘this lunch has been sponsored by MarketLeverage’ (who incidentally hired all the staff in the restaurant to spy on you while you eat).

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