2017 Shanghai International Literary Festival Recap

By | Events, News

We made it! After a whirlwind two weeks, we have just wrapped up our 15th annual Shanghai Litfest and with over 3,000 ticket sales, we could not have been happier with the turnout!

We’re already busily planning the next Litfest…dates are March 8-21, 2018…so stay tuned for any updates!

A big thank you to all of our sponsors who made it all possible, to all of our authors who made us think, ask and discuss, to all of our fantastically enthusiastic audience members and, of course, to everyone at M on the Bund & Glam who worked tirelessly to bring a literary and cultural feast to Shanghai.

Here’s a short clip from weekend one…               And a quick review of weekend two!

The brilliant and gorgeous Amy Tan discussed her life as a writer as well as her new memoir, Where the Past Begins, which is still COMPLETELY UNDER WRAPS…what a lucky audience we were!

The quietly powerful Claire Keegan showed us what it means to be a true master of your craft with a reading of her short story, Foster, followed by a Q&A.

The Great FT Debate was truly great…a fun, passionate and fast-paced debate (following strict guidelines, of course) divided the audience on whether western democracy has been discredited.

Anne Sebba illustrated the undercover lives of the many women living in Paris under the Nazi occupation. The famous women who fought against them…and those who collaborated…will surprise you!

Witi Ihimaera, Lee Tamahori and Anne O’Brien brought a piece of New Zealand to Shanghai and shared with us Maori culture, their journeys to fame and their experiences of bringing their visions to the big screen.

Thank you again and we’ll see you all next year! 

Dec 1996: M’s First Foray into China

By | Michelle, News

Ever wonder what the Bund was like before it became the tourist destination it is today? Michelle Garnaut, Founder & CEO of the M Restaurant Group, was the first to open an international restaurant on the Bund…back in 1999! But before she opened M on the Bund, Michelle and her team (who had already opened a M at the Fringe in Hong Kong) dipped their toes into the Chinese culinary scene by doing a two week stint at the Peace Hotel from December 5th through 15th, 1996. Shanghai Daily just did a piece on Michelle’s experiences at the Peace in honour of M’s 20th anniversary in China!

“TODAY’S Shanghai enjoys a very diverse dining scene, especially when it comes to Western cuisine. Local diners can find everything from Hawaiian street food to new age molecular cuisine, and special dining events happen regularly throughout the year.” For the full article, please click here.


A view of the Bund in 1996…how things have changed! WechatIMG57

An original flyer for M at the Peace in 1996.


M at the Fringe’s Influence on Hong Kong

By | Media, Michelle, News

Michelle Garnaut’s–Founder & CEO of the M Restaurant Group–first foray into the restaurant industry was M at the Fringe in Hong Kong. Her restaurant, which was considered the first fine-dining restaurant outside of a hotel chain soon became an institution and was synonymous with delicious food, beautiful decor and a hub for all things cultural. The South China Morning Post‘s article, How Hong Kong Has Absorbed and Adapted Foreign Cuisines, chronicles the different influences on the Hong Kong restaurant scene. Of the many restaurants, few made as large of an impact as Michelle’s M at the Fringe.

“The opening of Michelle’s Restaurant at The Fringe in 1989 (later renamed M at The Fringe), was considered the first fine-dining restaurant not situated in a hotel. Michelle Garnaut’s place was described as warm, ‘like those 18th century salons which can still be found in Macau’, with tastefully mismatched cutlery, and serving delights including Greek goat cheese baked with sun-dried tomatoes into a filo tart, pumpkin tortelli, and poppy seed galette for dessert.” Please click here to read the full article.

“You Need a Little Bit of Arrogance, Actually” Michelle Garnaut on Entrepreneurship in China

By | Media, Michelle, News

Michelle Garnaut–Founder & CEO of the M Restaurant Group–in interview with Forbes’ Russell Flannery on what it takes to start a successful business in China…and how to continually grow it, in a fast-paced, ever-evolving environment.

“Few expat entrepreneurs in China have been as successful or respected as Melbourne-born Michelle Garnaut, founder of the M on the Bund restaurant in Shanghai. Having previously worked as a dishwasher, waitress and chef, Garnaut opened M at the Fringe in Hong Kong in 1989.  After starting M on the Bund, a European-style eatery, in 1999 and the nearby Glamour Bar in 2001, Garnaut expanded to Beijing with the opening of Capital M in 2009.  A colorful speaker, she is involved in numerous charities and was a judge for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards for five years.” Please click here to read the full article.

Capital M’s Duck Terrine & A Conversation Between Michelle Garnaut and Lady Barbara Judge

By | Media, Michelle, News

Lady Barbara Judge, Chairman Emeritus of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), sits down with Founder & CEO of the M Restaurant Group, Michelle Garnaut, for a conversation and dinner…involving plenty of duck terrine…at Capital M in Beijing.

“Whilst I was living in Hong Kong in the mid-1980s, I discovered a wonderful Australian woman cooking delicious, Western cuisine in a local restaurant and immediately fell in love with her food.  Lots of people recognised how good she was, and we all encouraged her to become an outside caterer so we could enjoy her delicious delicacies in our own homes feasting with our own friends.  In this way I was privileged to have Michelle Garnaut and her cuisine at home for much of our life in Hong Kong.” Please click here to read the full article.


Frommer’s: 3/3 Stars for Capital M

By | Media, News

Capital M received an exceptional 3 Stars from Frommer’s. Click to read their full review.

About the Frommer’s System

Frommer’s only recommends things we think you will enjoy and that will make your trip both authentic and unforgettable. Our experts personally appraise each choice in terms of their overall enthusiasm for it.

Our star system does not denote hotel amenities but it does denote the level of our approval. A place with one star is worth a look—after all, it made the list. A rating of two stars means it’s excellent, and three stars is the highest praise we give.

Financial Times Raves About “Simply Good Food” at Capital M

By | Media, News

The Financial Times‘ review on Capital M shortly after it opened, sums up the M philosophy–beautiful interiors, unbeatable views and honest, delicious food.

“For old China hands, it would seem improbable to be sitting on a sweeping terrace overlooking Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, eating a freshly-shucked Tasmanian oyster and sipping a New Zealand sauvignon blanc. But on a recent balmy evening, diners were doing just that at Capital M, one of the newest, and most stylish, additions to Beijing’s rapidly evolving restaurant scene…”

Please click here to read the full article.