Shanghai Terrace's doting staff, swank decor, and traditional Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines await at this Peninsula Hotel restaurant four stories above Michigan Avenue. Flowering trellis screens divide the spacious patio into intimate dining and lounging areas furnished with plump couches and daybeds draped in flowing sheers.
Pleasantly exotic, menu items are composed of organic ingredients, spices and herbs. A dim sum sampler appetizer offers a shrimp spring roll, crispy scallop, lobster dumpling, spicy beef gyoza, crab wonton and foie gras dumpling for $18. The seafood wonton and noodle soup satisfies small appetites ($14), while a crispy duck entree comes with Chinese long beans and tangy homemade hoisin sauce ($32). Reservations recommended.