Spending a Fortune at Fortune Restaurant

Enough with the $1 lunches! It’s time to show the “To Get Rich Is Glorious” side of Shanghai. In addition to being the biggest city in China, with a population of nearly 20 million, Shanghai is also the richest. And there is a large segment of businesses that cater to China’s new rich.

One such place is Fortune Restaurant. I think this place exist just so newly minted Chinese millionaire can take their friends there to show off their wealth. I’m pretty sure they don’t go there for the food because it’s merely OK. For the prices they are charging, I expected a lot better.

Fortune Restaurant is impressive, with its 20 foot ceiling and a wait staff that outnumbers the diners. The price of the dishes range from expensive to insane. Our five course dinner came to the equivalent of 1.3 months salary for the average Chinese factory worker. Don’t expect to see many factory workers dining at Fortune Restaurant.

Fortune Restaurant

Fortune Restaurant

Fortune Restaurant

Fortune Restaurant

Fortune Restaurant

Fortune Restaurant

37 thoughts on “Spending a Fortune at Fortune Restaurant”

  1. Trader Mom says:

    That really looks yummy. Will visit Shanghai one day

    1. Agent 001 says:

      Some really yummy food there.

  2. Michael Kwan says:

    You also order your steak by percentage in Chinese restaurants in Vancouver/Richmond. 60% is medium-well. If you wanted medium-rare, you should have ordered 30-40%.

    1. John Chow says:

      Will keep that in mind for next time. The steak was still pretty juicy.

      1. Mmm, looks good. Now I’m craving steak. Might have to go to the Keg this weekend or something. 🙂

    2. Tran Harry says:

      That is a very interesting way to order steak, at home I measure steaks “doneness” by internal meat temperature.

  3. Cool video. Shanghai must be a really interesting city.

  4. Tran Harry says:

    That doesn’t look any better than the average place in America with half decent pricing.

    1. fas says:

      Yeah, that meal costed him $200, insane.

      1. Jake Stone says:

        I have to join you guys with this one. Dishes are not displayed especially invitingly. This sort of place should at least have the show even if they fail the taste.

    2. I’ve never seen an average place in America that had food like that. That’s higher than average.

  5. Edgar says:

    John do you ever feel weird being video tape, due people around you look at you funny?

    1. John Chow says:

      They weren’t looking at me funny. They were more smiling and giggling.

    2. Michael Zhao says:

      They probably think he’s a foreigner, even though he looks exactly like them.

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        They can tell right away that John’s not a local. Most people who have been North American-ized look out of place in most major cities in Asia. 🙂

  6. albertjwang says:

    Woo…That’s really a luxury meal in shanghai! ^^

  7. looked really good!

    Now that you had this food and the $1 meals in China, do you think its worth the money? i mean just comparing food only rather than decor and service quality.

    1. John Chow says:

      Fortune Restaurant is not worth it. However, there are some high end restaurants that are worth it. I’ll be featuring some of them in the days ahead.

      1. nice! looking forward to hearing of those.

        When you said 1300RMB? at the end, what is that in western currency??

        1. WP Themes says:

          1300RMB is about $200 USD

          3 years ago.. $1 USD equals $8.2 RMB now.. it’s like $6.8 RMB..Economists wants it to be in $4-5 RMB range.

          Average people in Shanghai make about $2500-$4000 RMB per month.

          1. nice! learned something new today. Thanks.

      2. Can’t wait to see them. High quality food makes me giddy.

    2. Sometimes the best food is the cheapest street type food.

      1. Jake Stone says:

        I hear you, every time I go back I find myself wondering on the streets looking for stinky tofu or tomato noodles. Locals on the other hand want to drag me to the best Western styled restaurants… so bizarre. However, as I get clients from Asia visiting Finland, they always want to eat Asian food. I think they just want to make me feel like home there. 🙂

  8. Michael Zhao says:

    Nice! I’m hungry now.

  9. Melody says:

    Hey, that animation is from one of andrew kramer’s tutorials…..I’m just so impressed by the tea..lol

    This is a clear example that a larger price doesn’t mean it necessarily tastes better–which is kind of a bummer..

    Some of the best places to eat are mere “holes in the wall..”

  10. Hi John,

    At least the restaurant look awesome, maybe thats also why they are charging a lot of money, you are paying the building and the waiters, lol.

  11. China guide says:

    awesome, miss food in Shanghai. about the price, well, averaging means almost nothing for a 1.3 billion people country, enjoy in China.

  12. Because of all the style of food from Asia countries, it is not affecting restaurants here in US 🙂 I just love the placement and how the food looks in China at a fraction of the cost…like Sea Harbour.


  13. diabetic man says:

    20 million is big population, imagine very crowded, $ 1 is cheap

  14. Ben Pei says:

    Damn John , its definitely worth the fortune spent!

  15. I’m starting to feel real hungry just looking at the food. The sparribs look delicious. Absolutely Yummy!


  16. work at home says:

    Wow, what a dish!

  17. I really like how they set that jar up. And now I want some food.

  18. Silvia says:

    I’d rather order the steak.Never tasted Shanghai steak.I think that will be a real food pleasure.

  19. Your all posts about your food forced me to have some good thing to eat. But seems to me that video of this post does not contain all the recipes.

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