A breath of Shanghai, in Central Sydney.

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A breath of Shanghai, in Central Sydney.

Everything at Lotus Dining’s fifth restaurant, Madame Shanghai, is meticulously considered.

The restaurant, whose name was coined for its celebration of Shanghainese street food, follows a string of the group’s high-end designs scatted throughout the heart of Sydney’s dining precinct. From the intricate detail in the textures and joinery, to the carefully balanced chilli accompaniment to your dumplings, Madame Shanghai echoes effortless sophistication.

Attention to detail is paramount in the venue’s design and fitout, with variations on texture attributed to each feature. The ‘green’ room, or cocktail and open kitchen area, has a beautiful restored marble herringbone floor and oriental lanterns that frame the bar and open kitchen. The ‘blue’ room has a more traditional feel, with a feature ceiling, mirrored walls and custom plush carpet.

intricate detail of Madame Shanghai


The most impactful feature in this fitout however, has to be the lighting. Carefully placed LED strip lighting enhances the mood and design details, accompanying strategically placed lanterns and tea lights throughout the venue.  A well designed lighting plan equals ambience, and Madame Shanghai has an abundance of both.

joinery of Madame Shanghai

Tara Sullivan, the Group General Manager of Lotus Dining Group, met with us in July to talk about the project. Watch the video above for the story of Madame Shanghai.