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“A Hidden Gem, Worth Revisiting”
Review of LaFeiEr Restaurant

LaFeiEr Restaurant
Ranked #5,166 of 17,076 Restaurants in Shanghai
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romantic
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Good for: Romantic
Reviewed April 27, 2014

I have dined at the Raphael's a number of times over a period of six months previously, and have never been disappointed. I like particularly its bread and rolls, the three soups on the menu (seafood, mushrooms, and vegetables), beef, lamb, and the cooked veggies on the side - all displaying the good care and culinary skills of its chef.

What gave me the most satisfaction was its willingness and readiness to use the live catch from the tank of the hotel's Chinese Dynasty Restautant to prepare a fish dish with herbs that was so fresh, tender, and delicious.

Raphaels's also appeals to me with its cosy and warm decor, seating arrangements, and attentive services.

It is located behind the obby lounge of the Renaissance Yangtze Hotel, and shares the same entrance from the lobby with the adjacent Kasumi Japanese restaurant. It is one of my favorites and highly recommendable.

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

I went to this restaurant for italian food but they already change to steak house.
Name of restaurant was confused me, because Raphael is definitly italian name and most of their foods are from australia. In addition, really hard to find location!
However, that place was cozy and nice environment for business treat, also nice food

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Thank Seung sik J
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

Thought it would be a nice change from Chinese, but shows why Italian restaurants are better in Italy and the US. Room is tucked in the back and decor has kind of a makeshift look like it was a small private room converted over.. Electrical Panel on wall as you enter among the ways the decor misses. Service bar in the middle of the room.Great for a private party, but a little odd otherwise.
Service is typically Chinese attempt to be over-attentive and formal. Nonetheless, after being seated, had to flag someone down to get a beverage menu and order. Restaurant not crowded, so the waitstaff person standing at attention three feet from my table was a little creepy; also the conversations with other waitstaff right next to the table could have happened elsewhere. One thoughtful touch...was dining alone, so they brought a paper to read; but was in a dark spot in the restaurant, so the effort missed.
Big complaint is the 4 oz pour on the wine. Wine tends to be oddly pricey in China. First was poured about 3 oz- or 100ml; then she said "maybe I should give you a little more." Well yes, but was less than an ounce. At around $12/glass for a wine that costs around $10/bottle at home; not a good value.
Food--The Raphael's signature steak salad was mostly iceberg with a few carrot shavings and pickle shavings and a few strips of (nicely prepared) filet. Tagliatelle Bolognese was OK but it was nuked before serving so the pasta was outrageously hot--much hotter than if simply cooked and served. And really, you need to do that with pasta? Menu was a little more mixed "continental" than Italian (only 3-4 pasta choices, for example). Bread was very ordinary and plain--regular dinner rolls.

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Reviewed October 8, 2008

A place for creative dining

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Reviewed June 3, 2015
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