Posted 1 Reviews
After call to the restaurant 3 times during the morning and afternoon to make sure that the booking for my husband´s birthday was made and my request noted, we went to have diner together.
I requested for a nice table and since was his birthday, to bring a candle for him to blow and make a wish. Easy right? I picked ElEfante restaurant because it is considerate one of the best Spanish restaurants in Shanghai. I still can´t believe they did not make any single detail for the birthday celebration. No special table, no Happy Birthday wrote in anywhere, no a simple candle!!!! it was ridiculous.
We order champagne Taittinger, 5 plates and after diner we been waiting for more than 30 minutes for them to bring some surprise. After that we left and I was very very upset because when I picked one of "the best restaurants of the city" for a reason, and they ruined the whole birthday just with this end. "THANK YOU GUYS"
Food was good, nothing special and the waiters were useful. Not recommendable for special occasions for sure.
Posted 10 Reviews
My first encounter with Burrata cheese in the form of a Burrata Salad with truffles (rmb 165) .. what a creamy Italian dream! And with this dish I came to the realization that elEfante is not a Spanish restaurant like it's predecessor at the same site, by the same chef. I was pleasantly surprised to see the happy chef bouncing around here during my early dinner on Wednesday (instead of his namesake restaurant at the bund). The Crab Salad (rmb 98) he also recommended tasted much better than it looked and the White Anchovies (rmb 58) was a good suggestion - for someone who is not keen on the strong savoury flavours associated with anchovies in general. The only hot dish we had was the Baby Squid (rmb 88) - a bit too big to go down as a mouthful and too fiddly to cut-up.. and all that to get ink stains on your teeth.. nah! And then there was the 5J Paletilla Jamon (rmb 180/60g).. what a piggy indulgence..
I hope the next time I swing by, there will be a better choice for wines by glass.
Posted 5 Reviews
Been going to the location since the old "el Willy" was there before moved to the Bund.
It is a privileged location hidden near Huai Hai rd. DidnÂ´t know what to expect with such a name of "elefante"... finally we gave it a try last saturday night, the place was jammed, quite surprised for a new restaurant.. We were a party of 8 so we tried to try as many things as possible.. started by big cheese plates & coldcuts to continue with tapas & finished with grilled items such as a tasty beef rib with sides of Mac & cheese etc.. and whole grilled wild fish . Everything was very well done & presented. Really unique mix of ingredients like in "el Willy", but with a different more homie style.. service was not the fastest but still reasonable for being so busy.. non pretentious wine list from Mediterranean countries reasonably priced... overall unique fun experience, great food, good value for the quality, will be back..
Posted 1 Reviews
I am since many year a big El Willy fan so i was very excited to try his new restaurant Elefante.
I think for the El willy restaurant the concept is really clear: creative tapas and paella.
For Elefante i didn't get it : I though it was more traditional tapas, more rustic approache and back to true food with simplicity and authenticity?
Well if you want to do that the cold cut should be the best authentic and rustic ones and the same for the whole concept. Everything just look too clean to match that idea ( except for the menu i got which was full of greasy finger prints !)
Regarding the food i don't even remember everything i ordered with is usually not a good sign.
I remember :
-the crab salad with was a nice salad but really nothing special, not very authentic and not creative either ( i am again lost in the concept).
- Lamb kebab, too spicy for me but this is a matter of personal taste so i can't really say anything on this ( i don' t think lamb kebab is really authentic spanish so again i am lost in the concept)
- Cod: the only dish where i found back El willy's food , perfectly cooked and seasoned with some surprising notes. i really enjoyed that one but this is a dish i would imagine eating at the El willy restaurant so i don't get why you open a new restaurant to propose the same kind of food?
- chocolate volcano: disappointed but i don't think desert is the strong point of the chef so i usually go for the salty dishes in his restaurants.
My feeling is that the menu is confusing, from traditional cuts to lamb kebab with creative tapas in between and big steaks for the hungry ones i don't see where this restaurant is seated.
For me Elefante is not at El willy's level and for 5 tapas plus one desert 850 kuai is really overpriced...
Posted 2 Reviews
I tried last weekend for the first time with some friends and we will definitely come back. After almost a year in Shanghai one thing I know for sure: it is almost impossible to find really good value for the money, specially when it comes to fine dining. Sometimes great views...but disappointing food, sometimes good food but awful service...(yes, we all could mention a few examples, right?)Elefante is one of the exceptions: food-service-atmosphere, all superb. Excellent choice for those who appreciate the authentic Mediterranean food. Well done!
Posted 1 Reviews
We have so been looking forward to this. An El Willy restaurant back with its awesome Donghu Lu patio. Willy, what happened?
Patio - of course awesome as always. Service - attentive, nice, professional - well done!
But the food. Seriously, El Willy was great all the time we have been there back in the days. The new restaurant at the Bund had all the great food but lacked the atmosphere. Elefante lacks both.
To be fair - a sample of five dishes might not be exactly representative. Anyway:
1. Scampi: drowned in tempura, the Aioli dip not far from Miracle Whip
2. The praised cheese/aragula/truffle salad: boring, boring, boring (and really tiny for 165 yuan - even by Shanghai fine dining standards)
3. Pork Belly: 5 pieces of oiled topping for oily potatoes
4. Cod: cute, but with a strange ammoniac after taste
5. Lamb kebabs: nice, but every Hengshan Lu joint can do just as well
But the wine was good.
In a nutshell: close to a personal insult. I was not expecting generous portions, I was not expecting an experience like Mr. and Mrs. Bund. But I was expecting taste. Did not work out, sorry. Many 2nd grade joints on Hengshan Lu can do better. And do.
I love El Willy and tapas out of the extraordinary. But Elefante is just not worth it. Please bring some spirit back. Value for money depends on value, seriously.
I love the new menu especially as it suits my taste: the desserts are bigger than the other dishes. Just like the previous concept, the portions are quite small, especially when you see how much you pay; but it's all really good.
5 star for the milky way creme dessert, OUCH!
Will be back to test the Deli corner with friends!
Posted 1 Reviews
Ole Willy and his team for developing such a wonderful venture with so much personality and taste! Was invited last Saturday to the soft opening with a friend, and had a fantastic evening at elEfante. This was a night to cleanse the body after a long Friday night so we opted for a light food selection kindly recommended by the Manager. We thoroughly enjoyed the arugula salad with black truffle and buratta, followed by the crab salad and the most amazing gazpacho I have ever had.
It has been a while since I ate such fresh produce for such a reasonable price in Shanghai. Will definitely make this a regular spot this Summer to enjoy with friends.
Willy recommended we try the steaks and indulge on goodies prepared at the cute deli bar next time round. All in all, hands down to Willy's F&B team who constantly excel offering true hospitality and bringing higher standards to the dining scene in town.