Shanghai Blue 1920

Shanghai Blue 1920 was created from the inspiration of The Shanghai Tea House which was settled in late 1920’s in Sunda Kelapa, Batavia’s harbour.

Started out as a warung by Chan Mo Sang and Siti Zaenab towards the end of 19th century as Shanghai Tea House, it was a popular place for sailors from different parts of the world for many years. Chan Mo Sang and Siti Zaenab started a small humble warong in Sunda Kelapa, Shanghai Tea House. Later on, this place developed into a popular place frequented by sailors from different origins who harbored in Sunda Kelapa, who spent lively evenings in Batavia dancing with the local women in this Shanghai Tea House. Years and years after, when the Shanghai Tea House was finally closed, the beneficiary of this place saved all the building elements and its contents in a warehouse in ‘Kota’ (old town) in Jakarta. Fate brought them to the Tugu Group, where the original warong was reconstructed in Hotel Tugu Malang, and the original antique pieces were brought back to Jakarta to its original city. Hence, Shanghai Blue 1920 is now alive once again, to celebrate the wilder side of Batavia of the early days.

Dining in this restaurant, anyone can’t help but feel nostalgic. The sight and the smell of the food will easily bring one’s memories back to the forgotten days when life was much simpler and everyone was younger. Shanghai has been hailed with lot of names. Paris of the East is one of the most renowned nick names due to its openness to western influences. Warong Shanghai Blue proves this in its Dim Sum menu, Love Duet of Melted Cheese and Crunchy Asparagus. The chef beautifully combines the best ingredients from both worlds: European asparagus and cheese rolled with exotic, spicy Chinese signature sauce, XO.

For the main course, you can never go wrong with Shanghai Blue Red Chicken. This famous recipe of Chang Mo Sang’s very own mother is chicken slowly marinated in sweet soy, star anise, cinnamon, and orange skin. The slow cooking method results in spices embracing every layer of the tender meat perfectly. For something to tickle imagination, Shanghai Chrysanthemum Fried Tilapia will serve the purpose. Crispy chrysanthemum-shaped Tilapia fish drenched in mango and sweet chili sauce has never failed to stun the taste buds.

To commemorate the forgotten history of foolishness from opium smokers, the Opium Room is created on the third floor of Warong Shanghai Blue 1920 so that we all can feel ashamed of this past immoral hobby which had cost lost generations of our nation. The Opium Room is available as a meeting room and exclusive dining room for 30 people or more, a fitting pictogram to visualize how silly the godfather (Thauw Kay) is leading the meeting while enjoying the opium.

This Warong Shanghai now houses a few of the pieces from the original Shanghai Tea House of the old harbor of Sunda Kelapa. It is the hope of Tugu Hotels Group to bring the atmosphere of Hotel Tugu Malang’s Warong Shanghai 1920 back to Jakarta – where it all started, and to keep alive the romantic memories of this warong as part of Batavia’s nostalgic beauty of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Shanghai Blue 1920
Jl. Kebon Sirih Raya 77
Jakarta – Indonesia
Phone +62 21 391 8690 +62 21 392 0384 www.tuguhotels.com/restaurants/jakarta/shanghai-blue1920/contact-us/

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