Since moving here I’ve been searching for a Western brunch that is a bit more inspiring than an eggs benny or smashed avo on toast (yawn). And by that I don’t mean throw truffle and lobster at it and charge through the nose. I’d heard many good things about the menu at Bird and they certainly delivered.
Nestled in a quiet area on Wuyuan lu the entrance dons a modern black window pane that allows natural light to stream through and warm the rattan style interiors. You can either dine downstairs in an intimate area on stools overlooking the kitchen or climb the spiral staircase to the terrace and join the party.
Greeted by a bold Aperol Spritz drink cart and the sweet sounds of 70s disco it’s a fun atmosphere. The menu has a selection of seasonal small plates with many featuring local flavours.
Dishes of mention:
Service is worth noting as there was a slight delay to our meal (only because the guy next to us loved his meal so much that he ordered another!). The staff were very apologetic and provided coffees on the house.
Bird is a good example of less is more. It reminded me of the type of creativity I used to see in some of the brunch spots down under. The minimalistic theme was evident from the décor through to the dishes. Heres hoping that come winter the mapo-tofu number is still on the menu!
If you really love eating and enjoy each gastronomic experience like it was your last dinner, then you will truly appreciate Bird. Why? Easy, because is a cozy restaurant with no more than 20 seats, with an open kitchen where you can see the Chef cooking each dish carefully and taking care of every detail before the plate comes to your table under a delicate tailor-made menu.
The menu changes seasonally and consists in a variety of Asian fusion dishes to share –or not-. That's not all. The wine selection and the cheese selection are amazing. They have a nice wine by glass variety and also they offer the “Carafe” version which is so convenient.
We had a bit of everything plus a carafe of cabernet franc. The first place goes to the money miso fried cauliflower; the second place the truffle risotto and the third to the smoked salmon. The chicken nuggets are a must try as well.
The ambience is lively and the staff super friendly. Prices are accurate and the dishes were excellent in flavor, presentation and portions size. Around 250/300 yuan per person and you get an intimate and unique meal. Bird Wine Bar & Kitchen is a spot where foodies like me will definitely return!
What a great find on Wuyuan Lu, that is Bird Wine Bar & Kitchen, more than just a hole in the wall.
One needs to book on a Friday evening, it gets busy, as people like to linger, and what a pleasant surprise Bird Wine Bar & Kitchen turned out to be, with their innovative selection of dishes, you can feel that the kitchen team have “given their all” in preparing the dishes.
Ordered the following dishes:
Potato puff, along with the Melon gazpacho and basil sorbet, these were outstanding, as was the Octopus, and Chicken nuggets.
The only dish that I felt was a little flat was the Choux pastry dessert, choux pastry at the best of times is not the easiest of dishes to maintain a decent puff especially in the humidity of Shanghai, it fell a little flat and became soggy.
I understand the dishes will change on a monthly basis, the Chicken nugget dish is one they should keep, for the interesting combination of flavours, and bears no resemblance in any shape or form from those of a fast food establishment.
While the dishes can be for sharing, they also work well for one, and there was a pleasing number of solo diners with a smart device and a glass of wine or perhaps they were just those waiting for their date to arrive. I always think better of restaurants where people feel comfortable eating alone.
There is a wide range of affordable and interesting wines by the glass, coupled with the fact that the pours are more than the thimbles of wine that are being served at some of the other newly opened establishments in Shanghai, this is a plus for me.
The wait staff are friendly and unobtrusive, lovely atmosphere in the place, nice to see the chef and bar man interacting with the clientele.
A great deal for a Friday night out, all for just 800RMB for two pax, a steal. I look forward to the roof top area opening in the cooler months of Autumn, can only recommend Bird Wine Bar & Kitchen and will certainly return.
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