Inspired by the 26 minority tribes surrounding the Ancient Tea Horse Road, Lost Heaven delivers exotic Yunnan cuisine in a truly impressive atmosphere. Owned by three brothers – one responsible for the food, one for the design, and one for the music – the experience is one of perfect harmony devoted to celebrating the cultures and foods of southwestern China.
The jaw dropping experience starts when you ascend the stairs to the dining room so don’t blame your date for staring off or spending too long in the bathroom (wink*). Everything, from the Daoist paintings of the Yao tribe to the wall sewings of the Miao, are all hand picked, eye grabbing representations of the region’s influences.
Amidst the intimately mysterious lighting, old is new again as a staff of 150 serves Lost Heaven’s innovation on traditional Yunnanese flavors. Start with the WILD VEGETABLE CAKES and BURMESE TEA LEAVES SALAD before moving on to the DA LI STYLE CHICKEN and MIAO HOT AND SOUR PRAWNS.
Even though this place is massive – with almost 330 seats – they are full every night and reservations are recommended one week in advance for the weekends and 2-3 days in advance during weekdays. Before or after dinner, head upstairs to the rooftop bar, where you can sit inside or outside, for a cocktail under the famed building lights of the Bund.
Our verdict: heaven is not lost. It’s right here.