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Char
    • ADDRESS:
      Hotel Indigo, 29-31/F,
      585 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu,
      near Dongmen Lu
      上海外滩英迪格酒店, 中山东二路585号29-31楼, 近东门路

    • PHONE:
      3302 9995
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Bund Area South Bund
    • METRO:
      20 mins walk from Yuyuan Garden
    • HOURS:
      Daily,
      Dining Room, 6pm-10.30pm
      Bar, 6pm-late
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$$ $
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Char is a contemporary steakhouse and bar in the Hotel Indigo which pays dutiful attention to little details like a selection of cutlery and sea salts. The upstairs bar is also an attraction with its panoramic, unobstructed riverside views.
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    ARCHIVED EVENTS

    • Steak Masterclass

      Hotel Indigo's CHAR on the Bund hosts a Beef Appreciation Steak Masterclass covering topics ranging from the animal industry, the importance of diet, an introduction to the various cuts of beef, and quality beef selection. Price is...
      • Community, Dining | Char | Daily
      • 2016-01-28 Finished
    • InterNations Shanghai

      Internations meets at CHAR in Hotel Indigo for a night of networking. A DJ, complimentary canapes, and discounts on drinks at the event. You can RSVP at shanghai.internations@gmail.com. Price is 100rmb for members and 150rmb if you...
      • NOT TAGGED | Char | on Fri Mar 25, 2016
      • 2016-03-25 Finished
    • Ring In 2016

      CHAR has two seating times for their New Year's Eve dinner. First seating has a four-course menu featuring "lemon grass–infused lobster bisque, foie gras parfait with griottine cherries, grilled Tajima wagyu rib-eye with sides" and a...
      • Dining | Char | on Thu Dec 31, 2015
      • 2015-12-31 Finished
    • Christmas Eve

      Steakhouse high up in the Indigo hotel overlooking the Huangpu does a four-course Christmas dinner by Chef Willmer Colmenares for 1088rmb + 10% per person, including a glass of Bollinger Cuvee Speciale Brut. The menu features...
      • Dining | Char | on Thu Dec 24, 2015
      • 2015-12-24 Finished
    • Sunset Over The Bund

      Choose from a selection of cocktails, wines and beer for 50rmb while taking in a view of the sunset over the Bund. Goes from 4.30pm to 8pm everyday.
      • Dining | Char | Daily
      • 2014-07-28 Finished
  • One Single Act of Kindness
    For Char on December 4, 2015
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    thewarmus
    Joined Dec 20, 2009
    Posted 15 Reviews
    Okay, so this is not a review of the food or the drinks, but rather the service. Was at Char last night and there was a party, a corporate thing or something, not sure exactly what. It wasn't a really good party or anything like that, it was just people with booze walking around and mingling with some loud hip hop happening. I really wanted to eat something, order a burger or a club sandwich or anything because I hadn't eaten. We were on the terrace admiring that view that never fails to captivate and I asked the manager if they were serving food. No they weren't. He explained that it was because of the party which was corporate and private or something. He took two steps away then turned around and said with genuine warmth, "But I will get you something!" and he came back with a couple bowls of that highend nut mix snack thing and a couple bags of good potato chips. It wasn't a burger but it was enough to get us through for a bit. Anyway, that's great service. So that guy deserves a shout-out.
    Amazing view, disappointing food
    For Char on May 21, 2015
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    zorroisback
    Joined Oct 27, 2008
    Is French
    Posted 8 Reviews
    Although that place opened several years ago, its location on the south bund doesn’t make it an obvious dining choice so I had never been there before despite being a true beef lover.

    The weather was very nice and with exceptionally no pollution so we started by the bar on the 30th floor. That was absolutely awsome. The view is probably the second best of Shanghai after Vue Bar. We started by wine and while the list was limited at the bar, we managed to order a very decent NZ Sauvignon acceptably priced. When the bottled was over, we asked it is put on the dinner bill, which made no problem at all. We then went 1 floor down to the restaurant.

    The view remaining stunning with glass-window walls all over and we had a nice table 'by the window' as requested.

    So far so good. 5 stars rating was deserved.

    But then we ordered the food and things started to get worse. As we were 5 we ordered 2 dishes, one "best for 2" which was a Waygu Tbone "Dimantina" and one "best for 3" which was mixed platter with 3 kinds of beef.

    First issue: ordering "Blue" (or "Bleu") was somewhat complicated as the waitress didn’t understand what I meant (euh...this is a ...steakhouse...right?), and had to the call the manager who then tried to discourage us to do that, and as we insisted, agreed to take the order but then said that it would take approximately "40 mns" to cook ("blue" takes in principle 5-6 mns depending on the thickness of the piece of meat...but we didn’t ague and went to sip wine on the balcony enjoying the view).

    When the food finally arrived, the result was not up to expectations. Not really bad but not worth the price. The Waygu TBone in particular was not 'marbled' as it should have and had little savor (definitely not what you expect from this type of beef…). The mixed grill had one good piece (Waygu fillet) but the 2 other pieces were average (the sirloin was even below average). Total for the 2 dishes was above 3000RMB, it was definitely not worth it.

    Finding good piece of beef in Shanghai is not easy but Char doesn’t really stand out and the price is not worth it.

    On the wine side : the list at the restaurant was also limited and the red wines were priced really high (e.g. “Crozes Hermitage” from Rhone Valley priced at >900RMB is not really justified even in this type of restaurant).

    So overall we concluded that we would not come back...unless OF COURSE at the bar for the mind-blowing view! :)

    For Char on May 21, 2015
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    marinam
    Joined Jun 4, 2010
    Is French
    Posted 3 Reviews
    I see all the good reviews on the quality of the meat etc. but I have to say that I was not very impressed with it.

    We ordered the "diamentina" which is a wagu beef of 1kg, supposedly a tasty and fatty piece of meat. We ordered it "blue" and this was done correctly, but the meat itself, even if tender, was not very tasty and not fatty at all.

    I was quite disappointed with it, and it does not come even close to the one from Villa Le Bec bistro 321.

    In spite of that, the decor is really nice, with a great view on Shanghai, especially from their bar (one floor above). I liked that they proposed different kind of salts to go with the meat, too bad the meat is below expectations.
    Just Awesome
    For Char on March 2, 2015
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    dteeban
    Joined Jul 17, 2010
    Posted 8 Reviews
    My dinner at Char couldn't have gone better. From the moment I booked my table over the phone the day before and was given a window seat automatically, I knew we were in good hands. We arrived around 40 minutes early and decided to wait it out in the bar upstairs. The drinks were on point and served in a timely manner, and the bar area was quiet and calm.
    After going downstairs for our dinner, the captain came over, apologizing profusely. I still have no idea what he did wrong, but he compensated us with an oyster per head for his perceived misdeeds. We told him a number of times that everything was fine so far, but hey, free oysters. I won't complain about that.
    All the food we received was bangin'. The scallops were so impressive, we decided to order another serving, and they came out of the kitchen promptly and before our main courses. Whoever's running the kitchen has their shit on lock, because the meal scheduling was primo.
    Speaking of which. We were a party of three, and so myself and another person decided to split the Tomahawk, while the third diner went for the cod -- apparently a specialty of theirs. When ordering sides, the captain actually let us know we were over-ordering, and that four would be enough. It's always nice when a restaurant employee goes out of his way to convince you that you're spending too much money at his establishment, and that for the sake off all involved, you'd best turn it down.
    The steak was cooked to a perfect rare doneness, and they also nailed the cod. Sides were all dope as well. The steak knife selection is a bit of a gimmick, but still makes you feel like a boss when you're choosing your instrument of bovine destruction. Same for the salt selection. They all tasted like salt to me. I did appreciate the mustard array, however, and if you're into mustards, Char's got you covered.
    We ended up gluttoning out way too intensely during dinner and didn't have any room for dessert, but that probably would have been good too. I'm not the wealthiest guy on the block, and so a meal out at a Bund restaurant is a rare treat for me. But I'd consider the cost of our meal at Char to have been money well spent.
    Fabulous evening
    For Char on January 24, 2015
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    Janicehoff
    Joined Jan 22, 2015
    Is German
    Posted 2 Reviews
    Char has the best steaks in town, the tomahawk is the best for sharing by two persons, reasonable price to a montacino red and the cosmopolitan is the best I've ever had in shanghai. First class
    Best steak in shanghai
    For Char on January 22, 2015
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    Janicehoff
    Joined Jan 22, 2015
    Is German
    Posted 2 Reviews
    We had a wonderful dinner last night in char. Loved the tomahawk the best to share by two persons, juicy and tender. Wine has a reasonable price that the Montacino went well with the steak, also the cosmopolitan was the best I've ever tried in shanghai.
    First class
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