[Eating Now] Smoked Salmon on Rosti at Liquid Laundry, Shanghai

23rd April 2016 / Shanghai

Even this rainy day couldn’t stop me from having brunch, apparently many other diners in Shanghai felt the same way, because Liquid Laundry was packed to the brim even in the rain at 11am.

fully packed at 11am on a rainy saturday.
fully packed at 11am on a rainy saturday.

I was in the mood for rosti and salmon, and guess what? Liquid Laundry has a dish with smoked salmon and ikura, on top of a rosti. Lucky Me!

Check out my previous review of Liquid Laundry.

Because I didn’t had a reservation, I had to sit lonesomely by the pizza bar counter, which was fine since I was just there for the food. If you intend to spend a nice weekend morning at Liquid Laundry, be sure to make a reservation many days in advance. Even though the restaurant is huge, it is completely packed on weekends.

Smoked salmon, salsa verde, ricotta, ikura, rosti, poached egg
Smoked salmon, salsa verde, ricotta, ikura, rosti, poached egg

Exhibit A, the smoked salmon on top of rosti with ikura, salsa verde, ricotta and a perfectly poached egg. 98rmb.

but… you had me at smoked salmon…

The rosti was the softer variety, not the type with crispy edges, which is fine for this case, since it was topped with good stuff. Smoked salmon tasted more fresh than smokey. The pairing of the salsa, salmon, ikura, ricotta AND potatoes was simply divine.

and then i turned the plate around, and saw the lovely roe...
and then i turned the plate around, and saw the lovely roe…

Each and everyone of the flavours complemented each other perfectly, and created this multi-layered depth of umami explosion in the mouth. Portions are also very generous, with enough salmon pieces to completely cover the 5inch rosti. Lovely, and splendid work from chef Simon Sunwoo.

Hash browns at Liquid Laundry with Sour Cream
Hash browns at Liquid Laundry with Sour Cream

I was also offered a serving of hashbrowns to try from Chef Simon, because I told him I was craving for hashbrowns.

Chunky hash browns with crisp edges.
Chunky hash browns with crisp edges.

6 chunks of thick hearty hashbrowns with the edges completely fried to a crisp. Interestingly, the blackened bits were not bitter as I would normally expect charred potatoes to be. Paired with sour cream and a sprinkling of chives, I could eat this all day long, but alas, die of a heart attack.

So that’s that for this edition of What I’m Eating Now.

Author: Fred Lin

Fred "The Shanghai Kid" Lin was born in Singapore, and grew up in a family of foodies and home-cooks. He moved to Shanghai in 2007 and fell in love with the city, eventually carving a self-made career out of digital media design and development. He founded The Shanghai Kid food blog in 2013, and opened an award-winning Singaporean restaurant in 2014, which won CityWeekend's Outstanding Southeast Asian restaurant of the year in 2016. In 2017, he decided to reboot, and shut down all his businesses in Shanghai before moving back to Singapore with his wife. Fred plans to immigrate to Melbourne in the near future.

Liquid Laundry

Address
KWah Centre, 2/F, 1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Donghu Lu

Phone
021-64459589

Cuisine
AmericanModern

City
Shanghai

Area
Huang Pu / Luwan

Landmarks
huai hai rd

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