Shangri-La's First Russian Restaurant
Shangri-La’s first Russian restaurant, Salt and Bread, opened at the Shangri-La Hotel in the Chinese city of Manzhouli last month. It offers a combination of authentic Russian cuisine and contemporary décor, dance performances and even a Russian band.
The kitchen is run by six Russian chefs and uses ingredients imported from Russia to create authentic Russian dishes. The restaurant itself is divided into four areas: the stage, the dance floor, the dining area and the bar area. The interior décor includes a decorative palace-inspired ceiling, featuring red and white chandeliers.
According to the World Travel Market 2010 Industry Report, China is the third most visited destination for Russians, reporting a 40 per cent increase in visitors for the first half of 2010. Therefore, this restaurant will likely capitalise upon both the local Chinese interest in Russian culture, as well as this strong emerging Russian outbound travel market.