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“Horrendous loud music & serving take away food”
Review of Maiden Shanghai

Maiden Shanghai
Ranked #85 of 10,433 Restaurants in Dubai
Price range: US$11 - US$37
Description: This speciality restaurant lets the ingredients take the lead. Fresh and imaginative, it invigorates traditional recipes for a modern audience. Set at the heart of the FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai with dramatic views across the marina and an amazing karaoke room, Maiden Shanghai invites guests to be at the centre of the action. The restaurant is home to a variety of dining areas, indoor bar, and private dining rooms. The decor playfully fuses the traditional with the boldly modern, creating spaces that feel open yet connected. Open 7 days a week, guests can enjoy food, drinks and music and experience Maiden Shanghai’s unique ambience. All menu items are MSG-free, as well as a selection of organic options is available. A selective cocktail menu has been carefully crafted to intrigue and delight, completing an exceptional culinary show.
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Description: This speciality restaurant lets the ingredients take the lead. Fresh and imaginative, it invigorates traditional recipes for a modern audience. Set at the heart of the FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai with dramatic views across the marina and an amazing karaoke room, Maiden Shanghai invites guests to be at the centre of the action. The restaurant is home to a variety of dining areas, indoor bar, and private dining rooms. The decor playfully fuses the traditional with the boldly modern, creating spaces that feel open yet connected. Open 7 days a week, guests can enjoy food, drinks and music and experience Maiden Shanghai’s unique ambience. All menu items are MSG-free, as well as a selection of organic options is available. A selective cocktail menu has been carefully crafted to intrigue and delight, completing an exceptional culinary show.
Reviewed April 5, 2018

Booked a reservation for my wife and I following review of their website where they state "...revitalise Chinese culinary tradition. Drawing from Cantonese, Sichuan, Shanghai and Beijing influences, it shifts the focus back to fresh ingredients and recipes passed down from generation to generation..."; this was certainly not our experience - the quality of food was equivelent to thta you reciev from an average takeaway, with the type of food being typical of a Western take on Chinese food - lots of clawing, sticky sauce that made everything taste the same. I regularly travel to China and many regions within and have never had food as bad as that in Maiden Shanghai. Note, the food isn't cheap (even for Dubai standards) and certainly overpriced - there are too many genuine Chinese restaurants in Dubai to have to suffer this over priced, average takeaway food.

As for ambiance, they state "Open 7 days a week, guests can enjoy food, drinks and music and experience Maiden Shanghai’s unique ambiance"; if by 'unique', they mean having to listen to the techno music being blasted from the beach/pool area (the restaurant overlooks the pool), then they are correct. However, having to nearly shout across to your partner to have a conversation is not my view of a restaurant setting to describe 'ambiance'.

On top the dismal restaurant experience, be prepared to wade through crowds of drunk, obnoxious and barely clad 20-something year olds (the crowds in the lobby were obviously drunk and in swim wear - shouting to friends arriving/departing).

All in all, we spent ~1hr at the restaurant, departing as quickly as we could and totally disgusted at all aspects of what this location is falsely claiming. In short, an expensive Ibiza with the same crass crowd

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Claire F, Public Relations Manager at Maiden Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2018

Hello - thank you for taking the time to write such an extensive review. First of all, we sorry to hear about your experience. In response to your comments about the music, we think you are referring to the music from our neighbouring beach club. This has now been limited so it should no longer be a problem for diners at Maiden Shanghai. In reference to your food, we are surprised. Our food is all MSG free and not at all sticky. But we understand everyone has different tastes and preferences. We have, however, passed your comments back to the chef.

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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

Just finished our dinner at Maiden. What stands out in this restaurant is not only their tasty yet light dishes, but their lovely and expedient service! Thank you Ashan for your lovely attentiveness and recommendations!

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Claire F, Public Relations Manager at Maiden Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2018

Hello Rana - thanks for taking the time to review Maiden Shanghai. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Reviewed March 29, 2018

Went here for our anniversary. Got a nice table outside.
We were hungry so asked if there were any prawn crackers to nibble on whilst perusing the menu, no! Always a nice touch to being a complimentary bowl of something.
However the waiter did dish with our starter, although we asked for spring rolls and he brought prawn and sea bass roll?
I chose a wine but it was out of stock, then chose my main dish only to be told it wasn’t on the menu, so chose another and that wasn’t on either, in fact there were 3 mais not on that night, what he should have done was given us the menu then said unfortunately we don’t have these dishes on tonight!
What we did order was very good an we throughly enjoyedit, and a lovely touch they brought a small complimentary cake for our anniversary.

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Claire F, Public Relations Manager at Maiden Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2018

Hello - thank you for taking the time to review Maiden Shanghai. We're sorry to hear about your experience. There was a very small delay in our new menus being printed. That said, the waiting staff should have mentioned this to you. We feel sure if you were to return, you would not experience this again. Happy (slightly belated) anniversary!

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Reviewed March 26, 2018

Very nice decor, open space, flowy, very good food and excellent service. Ask for Afrodita. She was fantastic and kneew exactly what to recommend for the 3 of us (2 adults and an 8 year old)

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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

We are enjoying our stay at Five hotel on the palm Jumeirah and so far the highlight has been an excellent meal at the in house restaurant Mai Den served with great charm by Afrodita and her colleagues
We will be back .

3  Thank Escape751736
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Claire F, Public Relations Manager at Maiden Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2018

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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