Located on the lively Botersloot
in Rotterdam, Restaurant Shanghai Papa offers a tasty journey through Chinese cuisine with a contemporary twist. What makes this restaurant unique is not only the delicious dishes they serve, but also the fact that the Rotterdam Balloon Company provides the balloons here, which gives every celebration, such as a birthday, an extra festive touch.
At Shanghai Papa it's all about taste and creativity. They serve a range of Chinese dishes that stimulate the senses with new flavors and ingredients. While you can still enjoy classic dishes such as koe loo kai and cha siu, you will be especially surprised by the unusual flavor combinations and dishes they offer. Think of salted egg with tofu, crispy lotus root chips and beneficial goji berries and mung beans.
But it's not just about savory dishes. Shanghai Papa also offers homemade drinks and desserts inspired by Hong Kong, the ever-vibrant city. For example, try the famous milk tea or the red bean shake, together with bubble waffles. And since tea is an essential part of Chinese culinary tradition, you can enjoy a wide range of organic and herbal teas, perfect for digestion. For those looking for a more extensive experience, Shanghai Papa offers a Chinese pastry high tea, where you can choose from several types of Chinese tea. For evening guests there are also Chinese-inspired cocktails, such as the Chrysantini and the Red Typhoon.
At Shanghai Papa they believe that food plays an important role in cultural traditions. Uniting people and cultures through food is a valuable experience. That is why Chinese culture is central to this restaurant. Born out of a love for Chinese culture, Shanghai Papa offers guests an opportunity to discover and embrace Chinese cuisine, culture and tradition. Shanghai, as the rebellious city of China, stands for daring and innovation, where old traditions meet new cultures. Just like the owners, Papa Chau and her team, they want to run Shanghai Papa with candor, warmth and passion. They embrace the changing times, but retain the core and passion of Chinese culture, resulting in a unique and contemporary experience.
Shanghai Papa offers the best of both worlds: traditional Chinese influences combined with contemporary Western elements. The interior of the restaurant takes you back to the bustling Shanghai of the 1930s, a time when everything was possible. The atmosphere of Shanghai Papa is infused with authentic Chinese symbols, yet maintains a modern, comfortable feel. Small subtle elements of Chinese symbolism form a playful and contemporary part of the ambiance.
Maggie Mee Yee Chau, the founder of Shanghai Papa, shares a personal story that makes this restaurant even more special. When her father became seriously ill in 2016, she took charge of the family restaurant, where she honored her father by continuing his legacy. Shanghai Papa is not only a tribute to her father, but also to Chinese culture and traditions. It is a way to show respect for their ancestors and preserve cultural heritage.
When you visit Shanghai Papa, you can enjoy a modern approach to traditional Chinese dishes. The menu features a variety of delectable dishes, including the restaurant's famous XO sauce. The restaurant distinguishes itself by paying extra attention to the interior and by working with experts to serve pastries and desserts with a Chinese twist. Here the Chinese restaurant is being redefined and put back on the map.
Shanghai Papa is the embodiment of the rich and varied Chinese culinary tradition, where flavors from the past merge with modern influences. It is not only a place to enjoy delicious cuisine, but also a destination where culture and food come together to create an unforgettable experience.