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el Willy (Bund 22)
    • ADDRESS:
      South Bund 22,
      5/F, 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu,
      near Xinyong'an Lu
      中山东二路22号5楼, 近新永安路

    • PHONE:
      5404 5757
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Bund Area South Bund
    • METRO:
      15 mins walk from Yuyuan Garden
    • HOURS:
      Daily
      Lunch, 11.30am-2.30pm
      Dinner, 6pm-10.30pm
      Sat-Sun,
      Brunch, 11.30am-2.30pm
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$$ $
    • WEB:
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      This is the newly-relocated mid-range Spanish restaurant by "Willy" Trullas Moreno. Willy's cooking is more contemporary than traditional Spanish--he does "juicy rice", not traditional paella -- but stops well short of molecular fine dining. In a nod to the local culture, the structure of the menu follows the Chinese yin yang structure of a meal. All the food is designed to be shared family style and eaten comfortably with chopsticks. The space occupies a floor on the recently redeveloped Bund 22 Property. Good wine list, and, courtesy of The Willy, plenty of personality.
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    • Super Sexy Wine Dinner with ... Marcos Yllera

      El Willy hosts a unique themed dinner highlighting wine. "Dine on a super sexy eleven-course meal expertly paired with a variety of wines from Marcos Yllera, 6th generation of family winemakers from Spain. Salud!" Starts 6pm. 488rmb per...

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    • 'Three Chefs... and a Wine Guy!'

      A one of kind dinner with 3 talented chefs - Willy Trullás, Koen Vessies and Alex Fargas, and a Wine Guy -Julian Ruiz. "The Menu is an expression of the chef's passion and craft resulting in a 9 course collaborative menu for guests to...
      • Dining | el Willy | on Thu May 17, 2018
      • 2018-05-17 Finished
    • White Night on the Bund Special Menu

      As part of the Bund-wide White Night on the Bund , with deals available up and down Shanghai's most famous stretch of real estate, el Willy's offering a special 400rmb White Night Dinner menu, with a 2-hour free-flow on Cava from 8.30pm.
      • Dining | el Willy | on Sat May 12, 2018
      • 2018-05-12 Finished
    • Sexy Feria Brunch

      "Missing our sexy, authentic and genuine Feria de Abril? No worries , we have preprared a special menu with the best of the best directly from Sevilla to el willy’s kitchen ! Ole ole Our room will be decked out with fun festive touches...
      • Dining | el Willy | on Sun Apr 29, 2018
      • 2018-04-29 Finished
    • Be My Valentine at el Willy

      Celebrate the day of love in big Spanish style at this Bund favorite. "Creative and casual tapas with a Bund view. 11-course dinner with cocktails to celebrate love!" Available from 5.30pm. Reservations recommended.
      • Dining | el Willy | on Wed Feb 14, 2018
      • 2018-02-14 Finished
    • The Love Boat NYE Party!

      Food, champagne and a Bund view. el Willy's doing a "The Love Boat" NYE dinner party. 688rmb per person. RSVP at 5404 5757.
      • Dining | el Willy | on Sun Dec 31, 2017
      • 2017-12-31 Finished
  • A real treat, in every sense
    For el Willy (Bund 22) on May 3, 2016
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    NaomiB
    Joined Oct 6, 2015
    Is British
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Coming from London I'm a little bit cautious about riverside restaurants, as I've experienced a few places there who put the view before the food and service, and expect their customers (and their wallets) to be cool with that. I've now been to el Willy on at least four separate occasions in the last year, in a variety of situations - date night, work dinner, treating friends visiting from the UK - and feel I can say without any trace of doubt that el Willy firmly does not fall into this camp. Most recently (this past Saturday in fact, over the long weekend) my husband and I came to sample their afternoon tea - and yes, we sat by the window and enjoyed the gorgeous sunny view - a wonderfully artistic affair with the delicious little morsels balanced on and around an electricity pylon, set atop a square of 'grass' where miniature Japanese-made porcelain animals 'graze'. The set is designed to be eaten in a certain order and you're presented with a menu of directions to help - starting with a birds' nest at the very top, containing two little dough balls filled with quail's egg and half a cherry tomato, topped with a little crispy bacon and fluffed egg white. Next up was one of my absolute favourite food items at el Willy and possibly anywhere ever - the smoked salmon puff - the puff filled with cream cheese, topped with smoked salmon, and drizzled with truffle oil and honey. Honestly, this is what I imagine angels eat. Next up are squares of foie gras; sandwiched between little pastry crackers - reassuringly creamy, smooth and fatty; just try not to think about the ducks. Third was a savoury pastry puff, topped with ham. (At this point I'm getting full, but there are five more 'courses' to go!) After these three savoury items it moved into sweet - a donut filled with white chocolate, a homemade coconut marshmallow, homemade jellies, homemade churros filled with chocolate, homemade rum truffle, homemade white chocolate lollipop, and an absolutely delicious mango and red chilli 'smoothie' which has to be tasted to be believed. Priced per couple, I personally think the volume of food could stretch to 3-4 people (I couldn't eat all my share and so several items were 'gifted' to my husband), plus, I have a more savoury tooth than a sweet one; so I would have been very happy to see a pylon with eight salmon puffs swinging from it to be honest, but that's just my personal taste. Per couple cost was RMB 298 I believe and includes tea; we added a glass of house cava each for fun (well, it was the long weekend...)
    That's Class
    For el Willy (Bund 22) on September 8, 2015
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    thewarmus
    Joined Dec 20, 2009
    Posted 15 Reviews
    El Willy is for me pound for pound kuai for kuai bite for bite the best Western fine dining in town. Did the Restaurant Week menu last night and conclude that it still holds the crown. The pumpkin risotto is really just out of this world good. Surprises in every bite. Good good good. And we felt pretty full which is not always the case with tapas things. But the clincher for me last night was the service save. Ten minutes elapsed between courses and we started to get a little annoyed. Now I realize that for Restaurant Week menus a lot of these nights go in lockstep, pumping out the dishes at the same time for all the diners at a particular sitting on the RW menu. But 10 minutes is a little long. Mentioned to the fuwuyuan and she promised to "cui yixia". The foreign manager out of the corner of her eye caught it as she walked passed, ducked in and asked if there was anything wrong. She apologized and comped us both a drink. That's class.
    Sexy el willy good food & good atmosphere
    For el Willy (Bund 22) on August 25, 2015
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    macVV
    Joined Aug 27, 2012
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    This is my second time in el Willy, and I asked myself why we can not come more often!!!!
    The first time we came everything was good , no complaints , food delivery in right time, service very attentive , even Willy came to our table.

    But this time was so special , we came with a party of 6, it was a birthday dinner.We arrived and they gave us a no very nice table , but we asked to moved and within few minutes we were in the best table of the restaurant , manager were so nice with us.

    As special occasion we decided to order the chef special menu, it that means that the chef choose for you , like a tasting menu. We were six and 2 of them they were vegetarian & gluten free, but that wasn't a problem, the two managers were serving only them as they had another menu.
    Food was amazing, every bite was an experience , it's nice when you don't know what are you gonna eat and you try ,I guess the best of the menu, sometimes in the restaurants you don't know what you order. Everything was perfect.
    At the end of the dinner , the GM asked who was the birthday person , and she brought a beautiful, colorful and tasty dessert, written happy bday , candles.That was a very nice detail from them, also they took Polaroid pic , very funny and put it in a birthday card !!!
    The night was perfect , thanks to all the team .
    Recommend : if you dine in el willy ask the managers for recomemdation.
    We will back soon
    Spanish food party disaster...
    For el Willy (Bund 22) on July 3, 2015
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    dogdog
    Joined Sep 15, 2005
    Posted 1 Reviews
    El Willy new joint el Ocho at taxiing Lu

    Had good expectation for this place. Nice decor, nice location at zhong plaza.
    They advertised for a Spanish food part with Spanish guitars, raffles and food and wine.
    150 pre booking and 200 if upon entry...
    Arrived and was impressed with the layout. Paid the 150 and was given 10 coupons to exchange for drinks or food. Had my first wine which was pretty good. The food choices( for a suppose to be Spanish food party) was limited to inerico ham, a cheese plate or chorizos. Some people already orders the iberico ham and cheese plates and I thought, not bad. People starts coming in and then the disaster happened.
    They were not prepared for this event at all...not enough wine glasses so people have to wait a long time just to get a drink. They did not have enough boards to serve the ham and cheeses so again it took a while to get your food....and que horror!!! The food serving just shrunk and shrunk further. By 7 pm, the servings were half of what they gave 30 minutes earlier.
    30 rmb for 4 small bite size pieces of cheese and 2 dime size pieces of bread. 45 rmb for probably 10 grams of ham and again 2 pieces of dime size bread....
    These places should be prepared when they hold events as they loose customers if they continue doing so...

    Spanish food festive all? Not a hint of it
    El Grandissimo
    For el Willy (Bund 22) on May 17, 2015
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    Nino Pizza
    Joined Nov 20, 2014
    Is Italian
    Posted 2 Reviews
    Yet another time this restaurant confirms itself as one of the best eatery in Shanghai. It is a pleasure to dine in a place where everything tastes great, looks beautiful and the service is unpeccable. Please do more.

    Bravo Willy!
    One of the best restaurants in Shanghai
    For el Willy (Bund 22) on March 19, 2015
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    thewarmus
    Joined Dec 20, 2009
    Posted 15 Reviews
    Amazing that I have never been here before. Did it last night for Restaurant Week--it's easily one of the best restaurants in Shanghai. Delicious, creative, filling. Utterly satisfying in every way. Inventive ingredient combinations which are work really well. Every bite a surprise. Can't even describe all the different things we ate. It also happened to be my birthday and the staff were totally cool with us bringing a cake. Only complaint is that the restaurant is rather dark. Feel like I was going to stumble any moment. Regardless, I'll be back.
    Taste explosion!
    For el Willy (Bund 22) on January 11, 2015
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    carolin1984
    Joined Jan 12, 2013
    Is German
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Outstanding experiences in terms of taste and quality, amazing price-performance ratio for the brunch and the special vibe of the location are characteristics of elWilly. The whole environment creates the feeling of being a special guest. Not only for special occasions - for which we have chosen elWilly - dreams will come true...
    Distinguished Restaurant of the Year
    For el Willy (Bund 22) on October 7, 2014
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    lifeinla
    Joined Oct 4, 2014
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Must followup the recent dining experience at el Willy with a first time post.

    I was standing opposite the Pudong skyline one evening when I read "Restaurant of the Year" flashing on the golden Aurora Building. This triggered my curiosity but no immediate impulse to give it a try.

    Time passes and I find myself having to coordinate a few luncheons and dinners for immediate family that are vising Shanghai from overseas. We are all a bit unfamiliar with Spanish cuisine but this occasion suits so tipping point enacted.

    Long story short, a few memorable points to consider when you dine there:

    1) Be sure to sit near a window . There are a lot of window seats at the venue but the seats are guaranteed to fill up fast. The three of us visited for a luncheon and we must have spent one-third the time just witnessing the beautiful skyline from our seating. I've dined at other restaurants along the Bund but this venue's position along the bund leaves the guests feeling one-in-a-million.

    2) Dining during the lunch hours they offer an affordable set menu. Choose A, B, and/or C. When you experience an impacted schedule you really appreciate restaurants that try to keep everything simple for you. Not a pretentious menu, although I would have added more photos on the menu for illustration.

    3) Granted I have yet to fully understanding "Spanish" cuisine stereotypes, the servings on the lunch specials are filling. Of course, we ordered perhaps more then the average share of food from the menu as the menu sparked our interest. Finished a salad, two appetizers, and generous desert in addition to our lunch sets.

    4) Was amazed by the staff hospitality. Being involved in the service industry myself, one really needs to choose team players who are sincerely happy to work for the organization and put there heart into making the client experience more enriching. Everyone develops through a positive experience. And it's not just about paying a few RMB more. Bless the team at el Willy for doing what it takes to leave the guests smiling. From the timely removal of plates, to the delicious decor of the entrees, to the smiles across the board, to the operations manager and chef involving their time with the guests. This is an often overlooked detail for most service operations as you forget about making customers feel welcome and appreciated. We vote with our wallets.

    So it's the staff at el Willy that makes the restaurant Charismatic. When was the last time you dined at a restaurant and remember the conversations? When was the last special occasion that you can remember forever? This is why I take this time to appreciate my experience and have made note to understand why I originally witnessed "Restaurant of the Year" across the Pudong skyline :-)


    Reporting from a lasting memory,


    DC





    Fairly disappointing
    For el Willy (Bund 22) on August 15, 2014
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    sorokii
    Joined Mar 19, 2012
    Is Spanish
    Posted 2 Reviews
    I was very curious about this restaurant, considering all the name that its chef has got in the recent years.

    I will try to be very clear for non-Spanish: this is not Spanish food. It is a reinterpretation of Spanish food, an inspiration, but definitely not normal Spanish food. We don't eat that. Don´t get me wrong, the quality of the food is good, well presented and tasty. But you will be disappointed if you go to Spain and try to find these dishes in Madrid, Barcelona, not even talk in the north of Spain. Again, some dishes were very good, though.

    Another disparity with restaurants in Spain: the portions. El Willy offers ridiculously small portions. In Spain tapas are designed to share, so they are generally generous. I am not talking about 30 croquetas, but in a party of some friends at least 2 per person in one order easy, maybe more! I am amazed of how prices in this city are reaching the sky (now not only talking about El Willy, also in general). We have medium-average quality at super high-end prices. Last month I went to an award winning restaurant in my city in Spain, we shared some tapas first, then one main for each of us, dessert and wine all the equivalent to 200 rmb, and real top quality. Getting back to my point, at El willy portions are very small, thats the reason of my bad rate of value for money, its very expensive for the amount they bring to your table.

    The service in general was good, our Spanish host-waiter (I don't know how to call her position) was really really great, but the regular waiters were all the time in a hurry, almost throwing the dishes on the table and filling our glasses all the time despite being asked not to.

    Elegant atmosphere and great views, excellent to bring a date and impress her.

    To sum up, El willy is a good restaurant for what Shanghai is and The Bund area is. This restaurant however wouldn't last 2 months in Spain with this price/quality/quantity policy.
    Impressed by El Willy
    For el Willy (Bund 22) on April 16, 2014
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    odilique
    Joined Apr 16, 2014
    Is Spanish
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I love food.
    Every time I travel to a different country I enjoy trying local food.
    I am spanish, so I always try to avoid dishes I can find back home, this is what made me go to El Willy, because even though the place is spanish, the dishes are a very nice re-interpretation of spanish cuisine, so I know that I unfortunately won't find these back home. I was very surprised by the "explosive salmon", I think this was my favorite, my eyes popped out when the taste of the truffle exploded in my mouth.. so good!
    Their ceviche is VERY good too if you like raw fish. Of course a super wine selection.
    The service is very professional and warm. The location is quite cool too!
    I will absolutely go back, and I highly recommend it.
    Just go and judge it for yourself!
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    ninjaassasin
    Joined Apr 8, 2014
    Is Brazilian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I used to own a Portuguese restaurant in brazil so I got good notion on restaurant service and food quality.. People here talking about how El willy serves good food, either working for willy or absolutely got no idea about good food. I went to many fancy places in shanghai but the foods served at el willy definitely dont deserve all the hypes...For the Food price they charge, service should to be better. charging 25rmb for basket of bread is ok.. but giving 5 pieces of bread for 6 people are so dumb.. how much one more bread piece would cost you? Wouldnt you give a better impression to us for being little bit more considerate for more fxxxking bread piece? then it took almost 10 minutes bring olive oil for dipping in bread..you brought it when we already finished with dried bread so we had to order one more basket with 5 pieces again. A waiter brought us wrong food from other table. Then you guys charge 150 some rmb for simple salad with a couple of pieces of lettuces and 6 pieces of small buffalo cheese. How can you justify this price? and tapas we ordered were all overpriced with mediocre taste.. 500gm steak looked very small.. come on guys i had restaurant and i used to serve 250gm and 500gm steaks and my 250gm steak looked twice bigger than your 500gm steak... Honestly, steak tasted ok.. but no way it was near 500gm. dont cheat on people.. And people if you want to go fancy place and waste money, thinking that what you are eating is taste great with some millionaire wanna be mentality then go to willy but otherwise stay away from this restaurant..
    Nothing "sexy" about it
    For el Willy (Bund 22) on March 10, 2014
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    fri
    Joined Dec 2, 2008
    Is Italian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Went for lunch during restaurant week and was not at all impressed. Several dishes on the relatively short menu were described as "sexy" - not a label I would so liberally use if I were the chef/owner at this restaurant. All of the dished we had were disappointing: the lamb cut was a very fat one and the dish uninteresting, the eggs with anchovy greasy to the point of not being edible, the fish bland and chewy. Overall, we felt that all dishes were either way too rich (the cannelloni, the tartare) or under-seasoned and flavourless. For all its pretence of 'sexyness' and 'happiness' this was a very unpleasant meal.
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