I had a long, overnight layover in Shanghai. I checked into my hotel, the Waldorf Astoria on the Bund (yes, I was living it up for that one night there) around 11:30pm and asked for a good dinner recommendation. The concierge instantly recommended this one. It's a short walk from the hotel on a very central and beautiful stretch of the famous Bund, nestled in a building between a number of historic landmarks. Once you get in, it's hard not to marvel at the aesthetics - colorful, sleek, with tons of little touches that show a lot of care went into creating the restaurant.
At least as much care goes into the food. The bread alone, with a light kind of foie gras mousse as a spread, would almost be enough for a great meal, especially with three kinds of bread served. That and my rum/mango/toffee cocktail kicked it off to a good start. I had the three course prix fixe menu, and since the prices were so reasonable for high-end fare, I splurged on a couple options that cost a bit extra; the meal was comfortably under $100 which is a great value compared to a comparable option in a place like New York City (where I'm from). The food was beautifully plated, amply portioned, and so consistently delicious. I had the frisée salad with egg and huge chunks of bacon lardon, the black cod fish in a bag that was one of the most flavorful cuts of fish I had, and the mind-blowing lemon & lemon tart (only get it if you REALLY like lemon - or just love a beautiful dessert). The only thing I had that was below the high standards was the side of fries - fine, but nothing special. Given that I had only one night in this world class city, the midnight meal at Mr. and Mrs. Bund was a memorable one that left me fulfilled.
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