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Table No. 1
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    • ADDRESS:
      The Waterhouse Hotel,
      The Cool Docks,
      1/F, 1-3 Maojiayuan Lu,
      near Zhongshan Nan Lu
      毛家园路1-3号1楼, 近中山南路
    • PHONE:
      6080 2918
    • AREA:
      Bund Area
    • METRO:
      15 mins walk from Xiaonanmen
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 12pm-2.30pm,
      6pm-10.30pm
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$$$
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    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Table No. 1 is a casual mod-Euro restaurant. It's the first post-Gordon-Ramsay project from Jason Atherton, a London chef who just split from nine years with Ramsay's restaurant group. Atherton developed Maze and Maze Grill for Ramsay, opened a few int'l off-shoots, and has now gone on to do his own thing. Spare, plain, uncomplicated. The restaurant is a box with plate glass on two sides; one overlooks the street, one overlooks a minimalist interior courtyard. Expect to spend three to 400rmb per person, depending on your configuration of Snack Plates, Small Plates, Meat & Fish Plates, Vegetable, and Dessert Plates. With two exceptions, everything on the food menu is under 118rmb.
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      Express Lunch

      Table No. 1 by Jason Atherton has an express set lunch available every weekday. For 188rmb you get three courses. Dishes include choices like cured hamachi, smoky tomato gazpacho, braised ox cheek, pan-seared sea bass and more....
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      A Magic Christmas

      Table No. 1 by British celebrity chef Jason Atherton is celebrating its fourth Christmas in Shanghai with a multi-course dinner for two. It starts with a glass of hot mulled wine and artisanal snacks and then moves on to Fine De Clarie...
      NOT TAGGED | Table No. 1 | daily until Dec 31 2014 |
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      Christmas Celebration

      Christmas celebration at Table No.1. For this sharing menu, the head chef Christopher will prepare a wide selection of Christmas delicacies such as eggnog, garlic chive, black truffle and more. Price is 988rmb per set for two persons....
      NOT TAGGED | Table No. 1 | on Tue Dec 24 2013 |
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      Chef's Choice Halloween Menu at Table No. 1

      Chef Scott Melvin's cooking up a Halloween feast with dishes like “Hot Blood Soup,” (a beetroot velouté with crabmeat and sour cream), beef cheek with sweet potato purée, mushroom, shallots and bacon and pumpkin panna cotta....
      NOT TAGGED | Table No. 1 | daily until Nov 2 2012 |
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      Chef's Sharing Menu

      Former Gordon Ramsay acolyte Jason Atherton's take on Valentine's Day consists of quirky creations like seaweed tapenade, marinated hamachi with prawn gazpacho, roasted scallops with glazed chicken wings and parsley risotto, roasted...
      NOT TAGGED | Table No. 1 | daily until Feb 19 2012 |
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      Festive Menus

      Table No. 1 by Jason Atherton is offering an eight-course dinner for two. 780rmb gets you Athertonian interpretations on rillete, crab salad with jellied crab essence, roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing, sirloin of beef with Yorkshire...
      NOT TAGGED | Table No. 1 | daily until Dec 30 2011 |
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      A Taste of Pollen Street Social

      British celeb chef Jason Atherton is back in town to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Table No. 1 and he's bringing a little taste of his London restaurant Pollen Street Social with him. For one night only, he'll be in the kitchen...
      NOT TAGGED | Table No. 1 | on Fri Jul 29 2011 |
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      Mother's Day Family Menu

      Table No.1 is serving a special family-style Mothers' Day menu for both lunch and dinner.The price is 1200rmb per family of four and includes a selection of virgin cocktails for Mom and the family.
      NOT TAGGED | Table No. 1 | on Sun May 8 2011 |
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      Greywacke Wine Dinner

      Table No. 1 by Jason Atherton hosts Kevin Judd, winemaker of New Zealand's Greywacke Vineyards. Chef Scott Melvin is pairing his wines with a five-course dinner featuring dishes like pan-fried turbot, seabass carpaccio with pomelo, and...
      NOT TAGGED | Table No. 1 | on Sat Feb 26 2011 |
  • Better before!
    For Table No. 1 on April 11, 2015
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    ShannonBowling
    Joined Feb 14, 2015
    Is USA
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Food, decor and service much better before. New decor is over - done. Portions are smaller. Service, well this is SH. Music is too loud to have conversation.
    Amazing and Affordable Fine Dining!
    For Table No. 1 on August 7, 2013
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    dinewhitme
    Joined Aug 7, 2013
    Is Australian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Whilst the Cool Docks area may be a little out of the way, it's definitely worthwhile making the trip to visit Chef Jason Atherton's Table No. 1!

    We made a reservation and arrived in the early evening and enjoyed their 3 course, 188RMB Express Dinner with Wine Pairing (+150RMB) and their Bread Course (48RMB).
    The staff make the extra effort to ensure that you're comfortable and well looked after throughout your meal. Within the 3 courses, the Mains were overshadowed by the superior Entrees and Desserts, but overall it was still an enjoyable experience. Their breads are fresh baked in house and come with a selection of unique spreads, including duck fat.

    I had a great time at Table No. 1 with my partner and definitely recommend it for a classy weekend dinner date. We managed to photograph our entire 3 course dinner, as well as the restaurant surroundings. To get an idea of our full experience at Table No.1, visit my website and I hope you enjoy this really great restaurant!

    http://dinewhitme.com/reviews/table-no1

    "The stomach carries the heart." indeed.
    Fabulous food and service
    For Table No. 1 on September 10, 2012
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    tabc
    Joined Apr 8, 2011
    Is English
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I dont usually stray so far as the cool docks but last week i was persuaded to by friends for a dinner at Table No. 1 in the Waterhouse Hotel. Table No. 1 is actually a gem of a restaurant, and i feel its location is wasted being so far out in the Cool docks - a space on the Bund or in the French concession would no doubt give it the great success it deserves.

    The restaurant is a great place for any kind of dinner. The service is so friendly and warm with not only the waitress politely chatting to you while you wait for your friends, but also the manager will come by and chat too. Conversation will not only be about the food and the best wine, but will also be gentle small talk on Shanghai and why women are always late for a date. You couldn't ask for more friendly service.

    Most of the food is delicious. Highlights are the all the sea food, especially the melt-in-your mouth scallops as a starter. Also the sea bream is something quite lovely and deserves to chosen as a main over all the overs. Sadly the meat dishes are a little bland and in small portions, but they still have good quality.

    The desserts are really where Table No. 1 shines, in particular the delectable peanut and banana bread with nougat ice cream. I swear i will come back to this place just for desserts, they are that good.

    Overall the price is fair, our dinner ended up being a 350RMB each for a 3 course and 1 / 2 drinks each. For the quality of the food, service and ambience you are getting this is certainly value for money and much more preferable to other Bund restaurants; El Willy, Bocca, M on the Bund I'm looking at you...
    One of my all time favs in Shanghai
    For Table No. 1 on July 7, 2011
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    honeybee
    Joined Jan 23, 2011
    Is british
    Posted 1 Reviews
    This place is amazing... set in a fabulous hotel with modern industrial interiors. Its an impressive yet down to earth place to take guests - especially as there is also a rooftop bar. I have been here many times now and the service and food is super consistent.

    The food is hearty and flavorful - western - really delicious and a great choice of wine too.

    the service is impeccable - super attentive staff who will go out of their way to take care of you.

    I usually love the fish plates here - but i am totally in love with the interiors. Dessert is also good.. my motto is if the place has great appetizers, main and dessert - it's well worth it to go back..and it won't break your bank.

    overall - it has a relaxing atmosphere, chilled - great to hang with friends for a low key evening as well as a creative crowd.

    If you are bringing a date - ask for a side table - or else you might end up on the long center tables which are fun too if you don't mind sharing with strangers - more interesting conversations.

    A must go spot.
    No superlatives
    For Table No. 1 on June 22, 2011
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    nick75
    Joined Oct 6, 2010
    Is Australian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Due to the rain had a drink at the Waterhouse lobby lounge rather than the rooftop bar. Like most hotel lobby lounges it had zero atmosphere regardless of the "designer" environment.
    The restaurant itself is fairly small and casual with some tables for two and some communal tables. Our waiter suggested ordering an entree and a main would probably not be enough and strongly recommended a side-salad or potatoes but acknowledged he didn't know how hungry I was. I declined but he ended up being right, both all the dishes were on the small side. However, more importantly all the dishes we ordered; the mackeral, tuna tartar, duck-ham Waldorf sala and the sole with squid rice were all fantastic, really some of the best western food we've had in Shanghai.
    Both the service and the price were nothing to complain about nor rave about. All in all, despite the hype of the Waterhouse & Table 1, the only fancy stuff at this restaurant was on the plate, which is just the way I like it.
    Pushing it a bit
    For Table No. 1 on June 12, 2011
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    BilyKun
    Joined Jun 11, 2011
    Is Canadian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Ah Table No1,
    wished I could love this place.

    Great design and location for a Boutique Hotel,
    very Industrial modern stylish design by Neri and Hu architects.

    Interior design of the restaurant, sophisticated with that lofty look; hip from Berlin, Montreal to NYC.

    the praising stops there.

    to simply put it;

    Portions are too small to share and prices are to hefty to order it 2 times....like 70kuai for a Mushroom side-dish? Cmon!!
    +that 15% service fee, etc. Simply, for a city with Shanghai where you have great value and also great destination to splurge for foodies...Table No1 falls short. And at those price, you don't want to be eating on a Canteen style table rubbing elbows with strangers beside.

    Went there 3 times and feel like it was 2 times too many. Others patrons felt the same

    Sad because it's a nice setting; just change the restaurant altogether.
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    NYC_Abby
    Joined May 29, 2011
    Is USA BABY!
    Posted 1 Reviews
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city and my boyfriend and I will end up here at least once a week and sometimes even more! The food has never let us down yet and it's really a great place to take visitors to the city. The service is generally good and efficient, but on a couple of occasions when it has been very busy things have come to a halt and we have had to remind the servers what we are waiting for. Still nothing new in Shanghai and still much better than many of the other Bund restaurants.
    Service and food - on top of their game
    For Table No. 1 on May 14, 2011
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    Danmai
    Joined May 14, 2011
    Is Danish
    Posted 1 Reviews
    We had a dinner there end of April for 2 couples. And based on other reviews I was nervous for the service. I knew the food from earlier visits, and this time was not a disappointment. Service was very attentive, even if busy Friday night. Food was good, easy to combine across the set menu and a number of the smaller starters. I found it a bit more creative than during other visits, but maybe we just this time took a chance and tasted more things. No it is not cheap, but I find value for money is definitely there.
    Table No 15%?
    For Table No. 1 on March 16, 2011
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    FoodFanatic
    Joined Mar 16, 2011
    Is american
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Dear owners and managers of Table No. 1,

    Please stop charging a service fee for non-existent service! It's criminal! Your food is delicious. It's evident you put great care into the using quality ingredients and detailed preparation, but get your front "HOUSE" in order! Or stop charging a service fee, then the poor service becomes acceptable like majority of the restaurants in China. If Crystal Jade or Din Tai Feng can figure out a way to bring halfway decent service to the 100s of diners they serve everyday, I am certain you can serve the 40 or so persons with some semblance of professionalism? Otherwise ELIMINATE the SERVICE FEE!

    I would hate to see Table No 1 follow the path of the many failed "Michelin Rated" chefs to Shanghai's culinary graveyard because of a service problem. Your food is definitely of the upper echelon of quality and creativity. Train better or just simply eliminate the SERVICE FEE, since its doubtful you can reach the benchmark of any of the 5 star hotels. I hope you are listening.....

    Sincerely,
    Food Fanatic
    Less than Zero
    For Table No. 1 on March 14, 2011
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    Travist
    Joined Mar 14, 2011
    Is usa
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Decor is sparse, minimal, and unless you fancy eating a hundred dollar meal cafeteria-style with complete strangers (and kids playing Nintendo!) on either side of you, terrible. The server aggressively pushed a bread basket which consisted of 3 semi-warm crumbly rolls and 2 slices of pullman toast....for 48RMB. That set the tone for the wildly inconsistent meal. Inconsistent except for the overpricing and meager portions. The clam starter was delicious, the smoked salmon average and the rabbit terrine in a word, strange. Said terrine consisted of odds and ends of texturally different pieces of rabbit, some still bloody, encased in either over-hardened aspic or plastic wrap. I asked the waitress if it was edible, she cheerily replied, "Sorry, I have no idea." Mains were no better (nor worse): contrasting the delightfully meaty and flavorful lamb was the overcooked, chewy, and bland beef rump served with cold garlic fries. One diner at our table enjoyed a beautifully presented and (finally!) decently-portioned squid ink risotto. A full 15 minutes later, the rest of the entrees finally arrived at the table including two squid entrees that were absolutely pathetic in comparison- half the size and lacking all of the sauce of the first portion. Desserts were pedestrian- nothing amazing, nothing offensive. Our first three choices of wine were out-of-stock and out of frustration, we settled on a few 40 RMB tsingtao. Table No. 1 should do well in this town: there's no shortage of people with plenty of cash to burn and low standards.
    Below Expectations
    For Table No. 1 on March 14, 2011
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    Jon..
    Joined Aug 6, 2007
    Is 0
    Posted 1 Reviews
    We went with high hopes, upon the reviews of others on this website and friends and on first impression I was quite pleased. Seated in one of their private rooms we were presented with a wide selection of wine and some quite delicious sounding food. However thats where my experience takes a turn for the worse. The appitizer was merely ok, nothing impressive. (Asparagus and Smoked prawns.) My mains of beef rump arrived well over cooked after I had asked for medium rare, which would account for the blandness. Their second attempt at this dish was better but again not impressive. Desert was admittedly plesant. Service was far short of par. For a place that charges 15% service charge, you would expect a waiter to attend to the table at a few times during the night. I had to physically walk out of the room and ask for service. Overall, I think the food was mediocre, service was less than par and definitely not very good value for money.
    Still delivering the goods
    For Table No. 1 on February 23, 2011
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    cks7848
    Joined Jun 13, 2008
    Is 0
    Posted 1 Reviews
    cool docks is still the boondocks, but it's nice to run out there once in a while, and table no 1 gives u a good reason to go there i guess. went there awhile bk when they first opened, havent been bk since, and for what they are serving, i have to say it is great value.

    called a day in advance for a table of 5 (no, not one), was offered the baofang (no minimum spend so that's nice) but i really didnt mind mixing it with the crowd abit so declined. in the end, when we arrived my dining companions preferred the privacy so we checked in. a nice little alcove with a glass sliding door abutting the main dining area, which was almost full and in good boisterous spirits.

    we were sharing, ordered 5 small plates and 4 mains, going for what sounds interesting, duck rillette n bread was excellent as usual, special mention for small plates goes to the scallop dish, the sea bass carpaccio, for mains the pork tenderloin was executed perfectly.

    overall a great experience, big wine selection allows for diff budgets, service was attentive but in a place like this u really can take care of yourself n be left alone.
    Pretentious and expensive, but good food
    For Table No. 1 on October 25, 2010
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    DJaiLL
    Joined Aug 21, 2010
    Is french
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Table N°1 is a good address, a good concept, good food from starter to main course it's really ok, but about the deserts all remains to be upgraded and changed.

    But the service is really poor, either the staff wants to do good, but seems a big training is needed...The presentation (clothes) of the staff either not appropriate.

    The place is clean, original, totally inspired from "MAMA SHELTER's concept" with big brown tables. But something remains too pretentious there, like the Bread basket sold for 30% of the express lunch price value...Globally expensive in fact..

    Booking here is really a hell, the front desk people are unable to take a reservation properly and when the place is full, they are as well unable to propose an alternative time. Eating there is a good experience, Calling there is really a bad time to pass If you want make a reservation.

    The place could be much better if a global upgrade is made on :
    *STAFF training, and presentation.
    *Price to be little lowered.
    *Reservation process to be really upgraded.
    *desert choice and quality.
    Just another restaurant
    For Table No. 1 on October 16, 2010
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    happier88
    Joined Aug 20, 2010
    Is American Chinese
    Posted 1 Reviews
    All I can say is \"Just another western restaurant in Shanghai\".

    I have eaten many venues in Shanghai in my three years time here. This one was recommended by a friend. I was debating to take my client to MMB or this place right before dinner. Curious side of me ended of choosing this place since I haven\'t try.

    Boy, was I disappointed.... Maybe I am not trendy and artsy enough. But walked in to see table line up side by side so close to each other with no privacy or person space just not suitable for business or dating. When I walked in, I thought they just had a speed dating event because the way it\'s set up. I ended up chose to sit outside in the courtyard. That was nice and quiet, but so quiet that I couldn\'t get our waiters attention.

    Food was good, but can\'t say I was totally impressed. Sorry to say that next time I go there, Unless someone is picking up the tab; otherwise, I would go somewhere else for similar food.

    If I missed out on the best dish In the house, please do tell me. Otherwise, I rather save the money for Sherpas.
    Pleasurable dining experience
    For Table No. 1 on September 6, 2010
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    PatrickSeanLee
    Joined Nov 7, 2009
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    Posted 1 Reviews
    Having dined here twice since its opening, I personally i like this restaurant but there are hits and misses....

    The ambience, service and setting is great (my wife and i headed to the Cool Docks next door for cocktails before dinner and it was a nice way to start the evening). I liked what they have done with the lighting which i felt really gets you in the fine dining mood. Also love the decor of the restaurant and hotel.

    For starters we had the tuna tar tar and razor mini bamboo clams. The tuna was just average but the clams were fantastic - soft, succulent and amazingly fresh. For the mains it was the suckling pig and seabass. Both were great. On my return visit though, i had the aged beef sirloin steak done medium-rare which was only average - i think the chef could have done a better job in slicing off the extra fat. That said, the pot potatoes were good.

    Desserts: Loved the pineapple raviolis but the bitter choclate ganache could be improved (since its one of Jason Atherton\'s specialities).

    Well done though on the service - the wait staff were well trained and customer focused - a rarity in Shanghai even for fine dining joints.
    No. 1 indeed!
    For Table No. 1 on July 30, 2010
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    Giada
    Joined Jan 5, 2009
    Is SE Asian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    The location is somewhat obscure, especially when the Waterhouse Hotel itself is not much heard of yet, but it helped greatly that they have they The Cool Docks as their neighbour to ride on its landmark. On first impression, the decor seems way too sparse and minimalist for the fat check that I (or rather my companion for the night) was expecting to be presented with at the end of dinner, after reading about its price category from a recent reputable food review. Undeterred, we sat down at a two-seater by the glass which was way too close to the road/lane outside and the yellow-bulb from the hanging lamp didn\'t help with creating the intimate atmosphere that my companion was so struggling to do! After a few cars passed by the \'lane\' next to us in the first 5 minutes, I asked the wait staff to move us to the opposite side instead, still next to glass, but this time overlooking Waterhouse\'s courtyard and the restaurant\'s immaculate kitchen - ok at least I\'m settled! Again I thought the menu artwork and quality needs a classier touch to it but I quickly forgave all these \"imperfections\" when my our dinner arrived. As I wasn\'t too hungry, I ordered only the cod, well, it was to die for, all other descriptions are no longer necessary! My companion had the ravioli as appetizer which tasted really firm and succulent to the bite, with richness the flavours that\'s still light enough to not drown you, hmmm again, I was blown away. Wine list was good too with moderate prices. I liked the fact that the culinary crew was visible from our table, and having the suave Chef Scott at the helm that night made it slightly more visually exciting too I dare admit! Overall, fantastic food presentation in an uncluttered modern way, almost devoid of any art, but I think that\'s the most artsy part about it, and excellent quality and taste. If there was one thing that I thought was slightly \"inappropriate\" was that our food arrived way too quick, probably in very much less than 10 minutes after we ordered so that discounted the \"fine dining\" experience, being slightly hurried. Then again, you put a morsel of Gordon Ramsay\'s prodigy\'s fruition in your mouth....and all shortcomings seem to evaporate as well. I would surely return, No. 1 indeed!
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    scootscoot
    Joined Jun 7, 2008
    Is 0
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Table Nr. 1 is located in a hotel. It is a boutique hotel but still a hotel. The restaurant is designed minimalist with long wooden tables and designer chairs that are all held in subdue colors. Even the table cloth is brown and melts into the table patina.

    Since it is a hotel, I figure that the guests might also have breakfast in this restaurant because the atmosphere doesn't rise much more then in a breakfast room, even at 8h30 p.m. on a thursday evening.

    The restaurant was half occupied, we were seated at a table for two. Ice water was served promptly but the choice of wine wasn't. Both Chilean wines that cost 200 RMB a bottle were not available. And the next price range starts at 350 RMB. That is not pleasing. Further on, you have to pay 35 RMB for a bread basket. That isn't pleasing either.

    The starters were served quite quickly, as were the main courses, while we still nibbled on our starters. Suddenly we had 7 plates on our table, all we ordered, all together. We wished to share the starters but would have liked to enjoy our choice of mains separately and also seperatly from the starters. It seems that the stuff is trained to serve it in a way to share, which is OK, but they should be sensitive enough when this is not the case. And one of our starters was only half finished when I rescued it out of the waitresses hand.

    The food was good. A superior quality that you can find in many restaurants in Shanghai these days. Remark: The artichoke vegetable dish is overpriced (98 RMB)

    To be a famous chef is great and to run a popular place in a metropole like London is fantastic. But those achievements should be left at the customs at Pudong airport. Shanghai is developing, it is all new here. Old standards that you still find in Europe don't work anymore. If you agree to start a restaurant in a triangle of a Starbucks, a parking lot, close to the river but without without river view, in the remote aria like the south Bund, you have to think carefully, watch successful restaurants in Shanghai and try to be better. Much better! To attract a crowed that is used to already look out for the next hot place in town.
    Noisy Affair
    For Table No. 1 on June 17, 2010
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    spockman
    Joined Oct 19, 2009
    Is Island
    Posted 1 Reviews
    So we decided to check out one of the latest restaurants in town - it\'s located in quite out of ways and you certainly head to the area for the restaurant and not much else (this could change when they open their bar on the roof terrace in July).

    The space was spartan and minimalist - which was cool since you get to see what the original venue was about. However, this design results in sounds bouncing off every corner and nook of the restaurant (which is not large) and echoing through a few times before dying in a mesh of other constant conversations around you. It doesn\'t help that they decided to go with long canteen tables so any party less than 12 would have to eat with others and eavesdrop - well, actually, listen - to their every word and slurp.

    The food was decent and well presented - their mains for sharing did the trick of filling up the hunger pangs and the palate was sufficiently sated, if not impressed. The service, contrary to other reviews, was actually pretty good - perhaps they read about it here and improved themselves (kudos then). The winelist was decent but they were slow in filling up glasses when empty.

    One note about the deserts - avoid the chocolate thingy at all costs, the chef decided to present it in a way that you wouldn\'t leave any dining establishment with thoughts of but the image unfortunately lingered passed the coffees (which irritatingly common in Shanghai came before the ehrm, sweet dessert).

    Overall, it has potential but they need to really get round the noise issue - certainly not a place for a romantic date and bring your work there if you read lips and/ or would rather listen to someone else\'s conversation.
    Fantastic Food compromised by atrocious service
    For Table No. 1 on June 5, 2010
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    twogirls
    Joined Jun 5, 2010
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    Posted 1 Reviews
    The food is unarguably the finest we've tasted in this city in a long time. Thank you, Mr. Atherton, for gracing us with your talents in Shanghai. The brilliance emanating from the kitchen, however, is most unfortunately paired with the low professional standard of your waitstaff.

    'Where did our tuna tar tar go?'
    '...I removed it'
    'But we hadn't finished'
    '....'

    'Wait! Don't take that away - it's the olives from the entree sharing plate and it's half full' (insert dagger stare)


    'Sorry, can you leave that on the table?'
    'I thought you had finished'
    'It's a half full glass of wine. We've only just started on our mains. It isn't finished'
    '....'

    'Can we please order another serving of potato mash. A staff member took our last order off the table before we had finished it'

    'May I please have a small serve of honey? This cocktail is a tad bitter for what I'm used to'
    'Sorry, we don't have honey'
    'There's nothing you can do?'
    'No, sorry'

    Whilst we enjoyed sitting in the beautifully designed surrounds, we did not enjoy waiting for close to an hour for the bill - after requesting it 4 times. Perhaps in these early days, the 15% service charge should be reconsidered. Alternatively, perhaps no bookings for more than four people should be taken. We will be back, oh yes. But not in the very near future.
    It delivers everything it promises
    For Table No. 1 on May 25, 2010
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    hina_doll
    Joined Mar 13, 2009
    Is Singaporean/American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I finally made my way back today for dinner. Despite being a Monday, it was full house! The entire international Zegna team was there, and last night, the founder of Twitter and his geek club booked the entire restaurant! Hot spot for sure, and after trying the food, I can totally see why!

    Here are some of the dishes I tried and my reviews:
    Homemade bread basket (48rmb) comes with rillette, taramasalata & olive oil. I would, of course, prefer for bread to be complimentary, but this dish was definitely worth paying for as the dipping sauces were extraordinary!

    Caramelized scallops (100rmb) with caper puree. I originally wanted the tuna tartare as a starter as it was recommended, but unfortunately they ran out of it as we came in for dinner only at 9pm or so. This scallop dish was good, an interesting combination of flavors.

    Sea bass with pipperade (100ish? rmb) Frankly, I\'ve had better sea bass. There was nothing terribly wrong with it, but it surely wasn\'t memorable. I won\'t be craving this any time soon.

    Ice lemon tea (30rmb) - Unsweetened Ice Tea, a shot of lemon juice, a refill of unsweetened tea, and sugar syrup shot. Very interesting layout, and the fresh ingredients resulted in a super novel and exciting beverage experience. I normally don\'t order any drinks full of sugar (hullo empty calories anyone? I need to save my extra calories for dessert!), but I left the sugar syrup aside and requested for Equal instead.

    Bloody Mary - Sadly, unlike the entire day, my chili was missing. I didn\'t see the head mixologist so perhaps it was his day off?

    Roasted Baby Carrots with Ginger Butter - this wasn\'t my dish, so I only customarily speared a couple of sears. They were very sweet though. Carrots aren\'t really my scene. (Seriously though, who says something like, \"this was a wonderful carrot dish\"?)

    Potato Puree aka mash - OMG. DO ORDER THIS. This is to-die-for!!! I don\'t know what sort of crack they put in this, but it was yummilicious to the highest heavens and beyond! A wonderful mix of herbs, spices and olive oil/butter (?). WOW. And, it was served in a little pot. Very cute!

    Tomato and Basil salad - very good. I loved this, despite my normal aversion towards tomatoes. An explosion of taste. MmMmMmMmMmm.

    6-ice cream - I only tried the Basil ice cream (the green one) and my, my! Was it refreshing! I\'ve never heard of Basil being used as an ice cream mainstay, so this was definitely a party in my mouth!

    \"Sharing Table\" Dessert (200rmb) - I died. And went to heaven. End of description.

    Table No. 1 is meant to be a social/communal/casual dining experience. Dishes are served in sharing portions, so I\'d definitely recommend you rounding up a big group of friends and ordering everything on the menu to try!

    PS. To the reviewer below, free water was definitely being served around (I didn\'t order any, but I saw the waiters pouring it) and the wine list was 9.5 PAGES LONG, A4 SIZED. Not extensive enough, I don\'t think so.

    PPS. I recommend going up to the roof of the hotel, Waterhouse, to check out the view. It is AMAZING.
    Great desserts!!
    For Table No. 1 on May 23, 2010
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    hina_doll
    Joined Mar 13, 2009
    Is Singaporean/American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I tried the drinks and the desserts, but not the main courses. Helmed by Jason Atherton, formerly of the Gordon Ramsey empire, this gastro-bar offers contemporary European food at very, very reasonable prices.

    So very good! Prices were very reasonable also. The bloody mary had both a celery stalk as well as a chili, the first time I\'ve ever seen it done right in Shanghai. The mixologist once worked at that bar in Ruijin Hotel.

    The dessert chef is the chef\'s wife... The macarons, white chocolate toffee and tiramisu were ALL to die for! Service was also excellent, and unfailingly polite.

    Will be back soon for the food. Caught a glimpse of the menu, and everything was not extravagantly priced, mostly in the two digit sums. Will definitely be back

    BTW, does anyone find it suspicious that the guy below me has only one review and it was so bad and in such stark contrast to the other reviewer\'s and my experience? Just sayin\'...
    Great food. Lousy prices
    For Table No. 1 on May 10, 2010
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    Traminer
    Joined Jul 3, 2008
    Is 0
    Posted 1 Reviews
    How is this place affordable or rated value for money?

    We were cursing like Gordon Ramsey when we were given the menu. Save for a handful of mediocre Chileans and a suspiciously ancient Australian red, the wine list (including the house pours) were all priced above 400rmb. As the beverage list was not ready, we were punished for not verifying before ordering when we were charged 55rmb for each bottle of sparkling/still water (our requests for plain tap water were politely ignored), 65rmb for a single expresso and 70rmb for a small Asahi. Although the delicious food was quite cleverly prepared and more palatable at the 50-170rmb range, the small portions served did not make for sharing in a large group.

    Our experience here was also marred by the poor acoustics and the stark industrial makes for very loud dining experience. Other than dining as a duo, the seating deliberately inserts your party awkwardly in a communal table next to strangers. The close proximity ensures a total lack of privacy - we did not need to hear about a wild Friday night from the guys at the next table. Service was also lackluster since the staff was not able to attend to the customers in the middle of the table without smacking into everyone else alongside.

    The off Bund location and the relatively informal setting do not justify these prices. Come not too hungry but do consider Starbucks or D2 next door for your apres-dinner shots. We are not coming back.
    Cool Docks becomes less ironic
    For Table No. 1 on May 10, 2010
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    Treamer
    Joined Oct 21, 2008
    Is British
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Really good start for what I am hoping will become a regular eating spot for me. The pedigree of the culinary team clearly shows through in the dishes with some amazing and unexpected combinations. Service was excellent considering they are in their first week of operation. The girl looking after our table was extremely polite and attentive. The drinks list was reasonably priced with wines starting around 300/400 rmb mark. Would liked to see a more reasonable Champagne option. I think 1000 rmb is a little steep entry point when most venues on the Bund start at around 700 - 800 rmb. Overall an excellent beginning and I look forward to watching the venue develop. Highly recommended.
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