The Locusts are back in town for a few days, after chewing their way through Shanghai over the last few days. Besides whatever personal business that they're up to this time around, the other important activity on their minds is clearly munching. I asked the Locusts for a list of places they were interested in hitting, and when I was told that Shanghainese food was high on their priorities list, I knew that I wanted to use this opportunity to revisit Jiang Su (江蘇薈).
This is a members-only club I was introduced to a couple of months ago, and I was so impressed by it that I've been dying to go back. Since I have yet to cough up the money to join as a member, I had to ask my friends to help me book a table... and to come along for the ride.
When I arrived at around 7:30 p.m. - which is relatively late for a "local" Chinese restaurant - two of the neighboring tables have already opened up quite a few bottles of wine. And the volume was already above normal levels. Naturally, this led to more and more instances of having arms around each other, hugs, and toasts. Glad to see that people enjoy themselves here...
We had Mrs Locust do the ordering for the first round, since they don't get any decent Shanghainese out where the angels live, and supplemented with a couple of dishes that I enjoyed on my last visit.
We needed a little more food, so 娜姊 picked a few items from the menu...
For one reason or another, the 6 of us took it easy on a school night and only opened 3 bottles over dinner - unlike our neighbors. I guess that's why we didn't look as happy as they did by the end of the evening...
1998 von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abstberg Riesling Spätlese-trocken - big nose of petrol and polyurethane, but riper, fuller, and richer, with lots of muscat grape. Dry finish with plenty of acidity to balance the full-bodied palate.
1983 von Schubert Maximin Grünhauser Herrenberg Riesling Auslese - obviously riper on the palate and much more mature, with plenty of acidity to balance the sweetness that wasn't at all overwhelming. Lots of lemon and marmalade on the nose here, along with some minerals and flint.
Once again I really loved the food here. Nothing really fancy on the menu, but just lots of simple dishes made with fresh ingredients. Gotta come back more often!