Around Putuo, there aren’t as much fabulous option when compared to the Xuhui and Jingan and the many other area in the Central of Shanghai. One of the more befitting option is See The Sea 78 看海78 located on the second floor of Caoyang Business Building.
The name though rhyme, sounds strange and interesting at the same time. I didn’t understand why they have the number 78 in the name. Anyhow, more importantly is the taste of the food served and the ambience.
Heard that numerous China colleagues tried and they find that See The Sea 78 was considerably delicious. The main feature of the restaurant was their Live Seafood. On the contrary, the popular dish isn’t seafood though.
We started with an appetiser, Cold Dish, Marinated Cucumber. Usually it is seasoned with sesame oil, vinegar and soy sauce. Nothing special but refreshing.
Next was the Salmon Sashimi which wow us. The texture, flavour indicating that it is a pretty high Sashimi grade Salmon.
Corn and Carrot Pork Rib Soup was a crowd-pleaser. Well-balance flavour between the meat and the vegetable. For me, it was a familiar taste as my family does cook this dish at times.
Next were the Steamed Yellow Croackers. Simple ingredients of Preserved Vegetables and Soy Sauce used for steaming with the fish. As such, it allows diners to savour the natural flavour of the fish. As long as the fish is fresh, it can’t go wrong.
Salt and Pepper Prawn, a common dish in China. I am not a fan of this dish as I find it a hassle to get the tiny meat out of the shell. In addition, most meat stick to the shell.
Hot Plate Beef was too oily though flavoursome. Silky Steamed Egg with Clams was on the healthier-tasting dish.
Personally, I don’t fancy Julienne Beancurd. This dish consist solely of soy sauce flavour.
Best of The Best
The best of the best was the Roast Duck. I saw that almost every table has a plate of this item. Crispy skin with aromatic duck meat. Most importantly, it has enough amount of salt.
There was yet another dish we ordered and we loved it was the Seafood Porridge. A pity I lost the photo. The key was in the toothsome soup used to cook the rice.
Though we ordered a few savoury Dim Sum, I would advise all to skip unless you are carving for them. The Prawn Dumpling wasn’t anywhere near my expectation.
If you are looking for their sweet Dim Sum, they were pretty decent. The Steamed Sponge Cake and the Portuguese Egg Tart were what we tried.
If you were in Putuo and are looking for a Chinese Restaurant, See The Sea 78 看海78 is what we will highly recommend. And don’t forget to order the Roast Duck.
See The Sea 78 看海78
889 Zhongjiang Road, Putuo, Shanghai, China
Tel: +86 (0)21 6147 0788
Daily 1100 to 2200
Line 13 – Daduhe Road Station (Exit 4)