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    • ADDRESS:
      29–31 Mengzi Lu,
      near Xujiahui Lu
      蒙自路29–31号, 近徐家汇路 `

    • PHONE:
      3376 8127
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Huangpu
    • METRO:
      mins walk from Madang Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 5.30pm–10pm
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$$$
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Coquille is the sophomore effort of John Liu, the investment-banker-turned-restaurateur behind the wildly popular Italian trattoria Scarpetta, which is right next door. This time, the concept is a French seafood bistro. Liu and Co. have built a classically beautiful space with ornate mosaic floors, polished brass and marble. Originally the kitchen was run by Anna Bautista, but Jason Oakley took over when she left in 2015. For the food, think seafood towers, moules mariniere, escargot seasoned with red curry and kaffir lime leaves and bavette steak frites.
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    • Thursday Happy Hour

      French seafood bistro Coquille has a buy one get one free deal on select cocktails and martinis. Goes from 6-8pm on Thursdays. Drinks start at 68rmb.
      • Nightlife | Coquille | Daily
      • 2015-11-12 Finished
  • 90% SUCK
    For Coquille on May 1, 2015
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    dteeban
    Joined Jul 17, 2010
    Posted 8 Reviews
    Here's what didn't suck:
    The bread
    The drinks
    The fois gras with duck hash appetizer

    And now we will speak of everything else.

    I took my wife here on a date hoping to give her a charming evening at a upscale restaurant with classy people and top-notch food. The restaurant was upscale.

    Things started to go south immediately from the beginning as we were placed right next to a boisterous party of 10 who behaved as though they were not in a quaint French seafood restaurant but instead yukking it up at Big Bamboo while watching two teams of men do sports at each other on TV. To help us deal, I ordered a pair of cocktails as soon as we sat down.

    For context, I'll add the the restaurant was by no means close to capacity at any point during the night.

    My drink came out after 10 minutes, but nothing for my poor wife, who loathed these obnoxious revelers from a deep, dark place inside her pickled heart. And so my drink sat in front of me, warming and unloved, while we placed our appetizer order. We decided to go with the Coquille seafood platter for two. Seems like a good call, one would think. It's named after the restaurant, after all. But this was not to be a night of pleasant surprises. We were delivered an iced tray of rubbery steamed seafood, with a bit of soury-sweet (not in a good way) abalone and bland caviar. If I wanted cold, bland seafood, I'd have gone to the cheap Japanese place down the block from my apartment and saved the both of us a whole lot of time and even more money.

    It's hard to believe that a glorified shrimp cocktail is the namesake dish at this place, but so it was. Coquille seafood platter for two: SUCK.

    My wife's drink came a good 10-15 minutes after mine, not without some gentle prodding to our server. And as mentioned above, the drinks were good. So good I ended up ordering a second. Drinks: NOT SUCK.

    As the server came to clear away the discarded carcasses of our seafood battle -- which we of course ate, as it was very expensive regardless of its high suck level -- we overheard her complaining to her server friend about another party at the restaurant that night. You might think you're the only one in the world who's blessed with the wonders of Shanghainese, but honey, you ain't. And while we're on this note, I'll add that at multiple points throughout the night, I ended up being responsible for topping up our water and wine glasses, because whoever else's job that was couldn't be bothered to come around and check on us. Service: SUCK.

    Our second appetizer was the one merciful distraction from the shameful joke that was the rest of our meal. A rich slab of seared foie gras served atop a charming mound of duck hash, garnished with adorably sliced grapes, a few slices of bread and fresh greens, and drizzled with a sweet, fruity sauce. Scrump-diddly-umptious. Duck foie appetizer: NOT SUCK.

    At this point, we debated cutting our losses and leaving, but we were hungry, and we were already in for over a thousand RMB, and so we ordered our mains and the wine to go along with them. I went for a fish option, while my wife decided on the scallops. Who goes to a seafood place to eat the chicken, right? Perhaps we should have. Or perhaps we should have gone to the KFC next door.

    What came out of the kitchen next was by far the largest insult of the night. My wife’s two unevenly cooked scallops and three small shrimp were drenched in a sickeningly salty, oily liquid that I believe Coquille was attempting to pass as a cream-based sauce. I did not fare any better, unless we’re judging the meal based on the sheer amount of food on the plate. My plate was generously filled with food. Unfortunately, it was not food that I enjoyed eating. Though to be fair, my fish was cooked properly, so no problems there. Unfortunately, it was helplessly drowning in a pool of oil, as were the sad mushrooms underneath it, and it tasted of absolutely nothing. We ate as much as we could, because again, we were hungry and this restaurant is expensive.

    It is beyond me how a restaurant that won City Weekend’s “Best French” award last year could serve dishes like these to its customers, that they would try and convince us that these culinary abominations were indeed legitimate food. The hand that seasoned our dishes can only have belonged to a tipsy taitai at the end of a cooking class she’d taken to “broaden her horizons” and feel a bit “creative,” because even a latchkey high-schooler responsible for feeding himself every night has more kitchen sense than the person or people who prepared our dinner. Fish & scallop entrees: SUCK.

    With as much of these sad assemblages of ingredients inside us as we could muster, we made the wise decision to not order dessert and get out of this culinary hellhole as fast as possible. Several thousand RMB later and with our wine bottle in hand, we enjoyed a lovely stroll home while reminiscing about the various injustices we’d just endured. I suppose that in a sense, Coquille ended up giving us the bonding experience we’d been looking for after all. Thanks guys.
    TOTAL RIP-OFF
    For Coquille on February 13, 2015
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    Captain America
    Joined Sep 7, 2013
    Is American
    Posted 2 Reviews
    I went here for the so called "best octopus ever" and was totally disappointed... it was 2, maybe 3 baby octopus cut into little pieces with little flavor.

    The lamb was ok, certainly not worth 250rmb.

    The service was great, except they neglected to mention that "still water" was 70 f*****g RMB.

    Screw this place.
    Probably the best octopus i've ever had
    For Coquille on February 7, 2015
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    redsandragon
    Joined Aug 5, 2012
    Is British
    Posted 3 Reviews
    If it's going to be expensive at least let it be good, if not great. Coquille is great. From the starter Bisque right through to the date pudding with ginger ice cream passing by a few oysters and a crab on the way was a memorable journey washed down with a very reasonable chardonnay. I cannot find fault. Just wish it were a little cheaper to be able to return more often. P.S. The octopus entre is a delight.
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