Overlooking the Huangpu River, across from the iconic Pearl Tower, the M on the Bund is worth the visit for the view alone—add beautifully presented, delicious dishes and you have an unforgettable dining experience. Their menu is traditional with modern flair: Chinese and European flavors with a few Middle Eastern and African dishes sprinkled in.
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Dessert and a View
Stop at M on the Bund for lunch, brunch, afternoon tea, dinner or drinks. It's a beautiful restaurant that has great views (from inside or from the outdoor terrace) across the Huangpu River of the Pudong. The "M" in M on the Bund is for Australian restaurateur and chef Michelle Garnaut who had the foresight to see what a dining and shopping mecca the Bund might become in 1999 when she established M on the Bund. This meringue dessert (pavlova) is traditional in Australia and New Zealand and it's a little (or luxuriously large) slice of heaven! I thought for sure its name had something to do with a Pavlovian response, because it was so good I was drooling for more, but apparently it's named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova who visited Australia in the 1920s and got a dessert named after her. (I would like a dessert named after me!) It is meringue-based with a crisp crust and a soft, light inside, and I can't imagine you could eat too many of these if you were a ballet dancer, but as a tourist, I highly recommend having one at M on the Bund while in Shanghai.