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Pelikan
    • ADDRESS:
      225 Xikang Lu,
      near Beijing Xi Lu
      西康路225号, 近北京西路

    • PHONE:
      6266 7909
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Jing'an
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Jing'an Temple
    • HOURS:
      Tue-Sun, 11am-late
      Brunch,
      Sat&Sun, 11am-4pm
    • CARDS:
      Local cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$ $$
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Chill Scando / Nordic restaurant with beach vibes and incredibly comfortable couches in Jing'an, by long-time Shanghai restaurateur Craig Willis (Mr Willis, Henkes, Bang, La Strada; former Wagas chef). The focus here is shared plates, gourmet coffee, Gin & Tonics, and desserts, but they also do high-end steaks. For lunch they do some good sandwiches, soups, and salads. Go for the creamy cauliflower soup. Lots of corners to post up in, including a few facing the street. Looks like a fine spot for brunch, because even if it's rainy outside it's sunny in here. Depending on what you order, this doesn't come cheap. A soup, salad, and dessert could run 200rmb.
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      The Beef: Owned by the wagas group, Pelikan has made a bit of name of itself filling a niche in Nordic cuisine. You can’t miss the neon Pelikan outside, and once you enter the dimly lit restaurant lends itself a cool chic vibe with palm fronds wallpaper and splashes of hot pink. The first thing my mates got excited about was the gin cocktails menu – great start! We then went with a bunch of starters to share. The disappointment came in when the dishes arrived – portions were barely enough for one person, not to mention sharing? 88RMB for one scallop sliced to share and two chicken wings? I’ll admit the combo is intriguing, but it was a lot of hot smoke – literally (they uncovered the clay pot at the table for the smoky fume effect). Admittedly, the tidbits were all tasty - venison tartare, broccolini salad.

      We ventured hopefully onto the mains for some substance but alas, more disappointment. The grilled lamb dish came with one puny potato and 3 morsels of lamb (pictured). The seabass was equally lacking and flaky (in the sense that it never even showed up). I'm all for fine dining portions but this was a bit (not) much. No wonder Swedes are so svelte! While on compliments, the charred beets were fantastic – a standout side.

      The Motive: Group dinners. It’s a casual place but the dinner crowd draws a dressier bunch. Men in suits, ladies in dresses. There were only a few tables at dinner that evening, mostly laowai – perhaps a similar crowd to those you would see at mr. willis (also part of the wagas family).

      The Damage: 500+RMB/person including a few cocktails. Cocktails from 75+RMB, starters from 88RMB, mains 138RMB-548RMB for Angus beef ribeye. The problem, however, isn’t with the menu prices. It’s with the portion shock that comes when you receive your plate. Like, that’s…a "main"?! 

      The Down n’ Dirty:  Not awful but the level of décor and cleanliness is not on par with what I would expect from a restaurant within this price range. If I’m paying 500+RMB for a meal, I want to be going in style.

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    • Because it was Friday, I decided that I deserved to sample a new bougie lunch set near my office. Pelikan runs a lunch deal for a starter + main for RMB 138 or a starter + main + dessert for RMB 168. I obviously went for the three course lunch because I’m worth it. I started with the Kale and Figs and ordered the Cod and Peach as my main. Everything I ordered felt healthy but also quite sweet. I can’t say that I totally expected cod to go well with peaches, but I was also pleasantly surprised there. The dessert was the star player, though. The Milk and Honey was a whole lot of honeycomb, and I’m all about that crunch.

      The restaurant itself is lovely inside and offers diners a tropical vibe, which was just what I needed as it is getting colder. Overall, the place was trendy but also very comfortable. It wasn’t too crowded around lunch time, and the service staff were very friendly and attentive. I’m not sure if I’d want to pay the full menu prices to come back around dinner time, but the lunch menu does offer a lot of options to get to know Pelikan for a cheaper rate, and I’ll certainly be back.

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    • Pelikan Brunch

      Pelikan, the Nordic restaurant with the model chef, does a mixed brunch with both a chef's table type of set, in which he sends out a bunch of dishes for the table to share, as well as offering an a la carte menu with 20+ more choices,...
      • Dining | Pelikan | Every Sat, Sun

    ARCHIVED EVENTS

    • Weekend Brunch

      "Chef's Table" special is three courses with three sharing mains for 150rmb per person. Side option includes adding in more meaty dishes for 80rmb, and a concurrent a la carte menu with more egg dishes and lunchier possibilities in...
      • Dining | Pelikan | Every Sat, Sun
      • 2016-12-10 Finished
    • Easter Brunch

      Easter Brunch at Pelikan over the weekend of April 8 and 9. They've got 7 dishes on the special menu, including smoked salmon tartar, baked omelette, braised lamb shank and good ol' grandma Ketty's apple cake with whipped cream. They...
      • Dining | Pelikan | Daily until Apr 9 2017
      • 2017-04-08 Finished
    • Valentine's Day

      Chef Kasper hosts a "love-inspired" menu for 285rmb per person. "To break the ice we serve the Cucumber with Burnt Leek and Oyster Cream, and Cheesy Crackers with Roasted Sunflower Seeds. To heat up the temperature we follow with Raw...
      • Dining | Pelikan | on Tue Feb 14 2017
      • 2017-02-14 Finished
    • Magical Nordic Christmas

      Pelikan is doing Nordic Christmas dishes throughout November and December. They have an eight course menu for 295rmb per person. Reservations must be made two day sin advance. You can do so by contacting 6266 7909 or...
      • Dining | Pelikan | Daily until Dec 31 2016
      • 2016-11-01 Finished
    • New Year’s Eve Dinner

      "With best wishes for the New Year Pelikan presents the Special Menu to celebrate the end of 2016 and to welcome the Year of 2017!" 11 New Year's dishes: - Mushroom Broth with Leek and Potato Puree - Smoked Salmon on Rye Bread with...
      • Dining | Pelikan | on Sat Dec 31 2016
      • 2016-12-31 Finished
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