T+L Reports: Shanghai's Glass Palace
What does a Chinese movie star do as a follow-up to a film career?Reprise a relationship with a famous director and learn the ancient art of liuli (glass sculpture)—that's what Loretta Yang and Chang Yi did 15 years ago when they left movies behind. Now the couple has opened TMSK, the most glamorous new restaurant in Shanghai, to showcase their work. With a shimmering vaulted ceiling made of crystal, elegantly curved glass bar, and handblown kaleidoscopic serving platters, the luminous bi-level restaurant is the perfect retreat from Shanghai's restless architecture. A young, cosmopolitan crowd dines on modern adaptations of local classics: cumin-crusted rack of lamb with lou lan (Chinese red wine) sauce and saffron rice; roast duckling with plums and pearl barley. Kunqu operas are performed every weekend on a small stage. You can even buy some of the owners' one-of-a-kind creations at a boutique next door. TMSK, 181 North Lane, Taichang Road, Unit 2, Shanghai; 86-21/6326-2227; www.tmsk.com.cn; dinner for two $72.