[Shanghai] Morton’s The Steakhouse 莫尔顿牛排坊 (IFC)
Morton’s The Steakhouse 莫尔顿牛排坊 | mortons.com/shanghai | Dianping
Address: 世纪大道8号国金中心商场4楼 – 4F/IFC Mall, 8 Century Avenue (浦东新区 Pudong New District)
Date visited: 2014.07
Non-steak mains RMB¥320-700
+ 10% service charge
Will return: On an expense account
Please note this was an invited tasting for new menu items featuring mainly seafood
Everyone always talks about Happy Hour at Morton’s and the petite filet mignon sandwiches. That’s great but let’s look at the real dishes here. Staying true to America, Morton’s offers
high cholesterol on a plate creamy and large portions.
The IFC Morton’s is the world’s largest Morton’s as of today (there are hidden private rooms that stretch beyond what meets the eye… baofang on baofang on baofang). Morton’s is defined by consistency. Every menu change must come from corporate and is applied to Morton’s all over the world. Same dishes, same techniques. Executive Chef Corwin Leong went to the U.S. to train for the new dishes and is traveling to teach the new dishes to other chefs at Morton’s in Asia. Please note that the IAPM Morton’s Steak & Seafood Grille operates on a different menu as it opened after Landry’s acquired Morton’s.
Morton’s will always have its staple steak selection but this summer, they have rolled out new items from starters (that can double up as bar food over drinks) to mains to freshen things up a bit. The mains are a stretch for my wallet that I don’t care to spend on but perhaps some shared starters and desserts (especially the carrot cake) with friends can keep that bill down. For those with maos to spare, grab a private room whether it’s for 2 or 20 people and enjoy the view on your corporate cards.
Please note there is 10% service charge
Main dining area (there is another main dining section on the other side):
Private room (larger and non-transparent rooms also available):
Steaks on steaks on steaks being unwrapped.
Left to right: T-bone, ribeye, and porterhouse.
We sat in “The Houston” private room for this meal.
We started with a giant warm and soft onion bread (complimentary) with fluffy butter.
Tuna tacos (RMB¥180), which can double as a starter or finger food if you are just at the bar for some drinks.
The chopped spinach salad (RMB¥118) is my kind of salad with dressing made from bacon fat, Dijon mustard seed, and sugar for spinach salad. Sweet and tangy at the same time from the dressing and onion.
My affinity for truffle fries is at an all-time high right now, fueled by these parmesan & truffle matchstick fries (RMB¥100) and the truffle fries at Coquille. Thin, crispy, and full of truffle flavor.
Au gratin potatoes (RMB¥100) are typically thin potato slices but the ones here are thick cuts cooked soft enough to sink your teeth into. Very good and extremely indulgent.
Creamed corn (RMB¥90) left less of an impression on me after the truffle fries and au gratin potatoes but it is a nice option to have.
The baked stuffed shrimp (RMB¥498) with crab, possibly the richest pasta I have ever tasted in my life to date, makes me feel instantly transported back to America. Caution: order only if you can handle super creamy pasta. Don’t let it sit, eat the pasta hot. It’s a hefty price tag but this is shareable.
Large shrimps stuffed with heaps of crab.
Morton’s version of the surf & tuf is the filet mignon (170g) with 3 grilled shrimp & 2 bacon wrapped scallops (RMB¥638).
A new dessert on the menu is the apple crisp (RMB¥138), which is not for me as there are a ton of enormous raisins in this. Overall, a little too sweet.
I love the classic carrot cake (RMB¥98), which I instantly laid eyes on after the server brought the dessert tray to our table. They are so good at this. If I see it, I have to have it.
“Is that the real size?” we asked staring at the larger than life portion size on the dessert tray that looked like two carrot cake slices stacked on top of each other. Yes, that was the true to size slice of carrot cake that came to our table. And I waved my non-existent diet goodbye. I would come here (with backup) just to eat this.
There is a wall of photos of celebrities at various Morton’s around the world. I leave you with Yao Ming.