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    • ADDRESS:
      20 Donghu Lu,
      near Huaihai Lu
      东湖路20号, 近淮海路
    • PHONE:
      5404 8085
    • AREA:
      Xuhui
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Shanxi Rd (S)
    • HOURS:
      Monday, 6–10.30pm
      Tue-Sun, 11am-2pm, 6pm-10.30pm
      Weekend Brunch, 11am-3pm
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
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    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      With el Willy off to greener pastures on the Bund, chef/restaurateur Willy Trullas Moreno has opened Elefante at his flagship restaurant's original Donghu location. The concept is a broader than its predecessor: Mediterranean with a focus on Spanish and Italian cuisine. With close to 100 different items, the menu is enormous. Highlights include a wide range of imported cheeses and charcuterie, shareable steak and seafood dishes, and a tapas list representing most of the region's culinary touchstones. Another addition is a deli shop selling specialty Spanish food items, cured meats and artisan cheeses.
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    • 2015-08-29Finished

      Elefante 3rd Anniversary & Food Truck Launch Party

      Elefante, the Donghu Lu restaurant serving up Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, has a food truck launch party on their third anniversary. There will be a BBQ cooking session with a Paella brunch and local DJs playing at the event. It...
      Dining | Elefante | daily until Aug 30 2015 |
    • 2015-04-19Finished

      Feria de Abril

      Donghu Lu Spanish restaurant Elefante celebrates spring with their third annual Feria de Abril. You purchase coupons at the front door and can use them to buy eats and drinks at various stations throughout the restaurant and on the...
      NOT TAGGED | Elefante | on Sun Apr 19 2015 |
    • 2015-02-14Finished

      This Valentine’s Day's Dinner

      Valentine's Dinner at Elefante is a multi-course dinner featuring lobster and scampi soup, baby burrata salad, Spanish suckling pig, and more. 999rmb per couple. Reservations recommended.
      NOT TAGGED | Elefante | on Sat Feb 14 2015 |
    • 2013-04-03Finished

      Elefante Weekend Brunch

      Chef Willy Moreno's upscale Mediterranean restaurant does a solid set brunch menu at a much more affordable price point. The menu changes weekly to adapt to what ingredients are fresh and available at the time, but there is always a...
      Dining | Elefante | Every Sat, Sun |
    • 2014-12-06Finished

      Pop Up That Xmas Jam

      Spanish restaurant Elefante hosts a daytime Christmas market with discounts on brunch, Irish coffee, a lucky draw, and goods for sale by designers like Batabasta
      NOT TAGGED | Elefante | on Sat Dec 6 2014 |
  • Much MUCH better !
    For Elefante on June 28, 2015
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    reviewer
    Joined Apr 30, 2014
    Is French
    Posted 4 Reviews
    I gotta admit something.
    This is quite unusual for me to write down a good review to a place after writing a bad one beforehand.
    I went to Elefante last year. I didn't enjoy my stay there.
    But you gotta admit it when you are wrong.
    So some of you would say "Inconsistant" in terms of quality but maybe was it just bad luck after all ?
    After a (really) horrendous experience last year , I went back to Elefante. Not that i wanted to but I was invited there by other persons... I was not thrilled by the idea.

    Gosh, how can it be so different !?
    Not only that the food was excellent, but the service was great. Maybe it was because of the people i went there with ? Apparently they are regular customers. But still, my second experience was perfect.

    Went back there again with my girlfriend.
    Again, very nice.
    Though we clearly over-ordered (we thought the portions will be smaller), we had a good time with some good food, good service and good atmosphere (the terrace is trully amazing).
    The cannelloni was the star of our dinner. Outstanding.
    Sangria is still too expensive for what it is but hey, nothing will ever be perfect !

    Conclusion : always give another chance to restaurants.

    I'll be back !


    Good, not great with some serious flaws
    For Elefante on June 9, 2015
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    thewarmus
    Joined Dec 20, 2009
    Posted 11 Reviews
    Yeah not bad, but not great either. Went for the lunch set which is like RMB129 for 3 courses including a dessert. Couple of things. So we sat outside on the wooden deck. Kind of mistake because waiters when they would walk by actually made quite a lot of bending in the wood which was transmitted to the table and became rather annoying. If you sit outside, definitely sit on the level that is up a level from the pit where the reverb's going to be less. The service was also pretty spotty. Another table got their food before us even though we ordered before them. Just in general the service didn't feel real high end. The food was pretty good, I had the duck confit and veal salad as starter. My partner's fish though was too salty. Hard to say whether I would go back or not.
    Inconsistent, Tiny Portions
    For Elefante on November 20, 2014
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    edwins
    Joined Feb 14, 2012
    Is American
    Posted 3 Reviews
    I went twice to Elefante. The first time left me with a positive impression of the food (the pumpkin soup and the fish), so I decided to go again. The second time the food was average.
    The big problem at El Efante is that the food portions are very small. 128rmb sounds like a decent deal for a set lunch... until you see how tiny the set lunch there is! Do they imagine that we are miniature or that we have the appetite of a small mouse? I left the restaurant feeling hungry. That's not a good thing.
    Generous, Delicious
    For Elefante on September 29, 2014
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    rebekahdub
    Joined Mar 1, 2011
    Posted 5 Reviews
    I've been twice recently for dinner, and made the same mistake twice- over ordered, had to force feed, and leave with leftovers. I mean this in the best way possible. The portions of the mains are SO generous, for a table of 4 we only needed to order 3 tapas and ONE main, but went with 2 mains, leaving us with heaps of leftovers.

    Our favorite is the pork belly. Simple, delicious, perfectly cooked with parsley potatoes on the side.

    The mistake is always the porcini risotto. Don't get me wrong, its amazing, I had no idea mushrooms and hazelnuts and cream go so well together, but while your mouth is happy, it sits like a brick in your stomach. If you order the risotto, don't order anything else because it won't fit. Two of my dining companions were tall skinny guys who eat twice as much as normal humans and never gain weight, and there was still risotto to spare.

    The beauty was vegetarian tagine. It comes in the traditional clay pot, again a massive serving, even for 4 people. Even as meat lovers we ate that shit up. It tasted just like my Moroccan neighbor's homemade tagine, which is the highest compliment I can give.

    We never had a problem with service, they are so ridiculously nice there and gave us free, extra couscous for the tagine. They also have free table water which is somehow becoming a luxury in Shanghai.

    If you don't get wine and order the right amount, you can spend around 100 per person. Maybe 150 if you want to try more things and force feed yourself.
    Terrible. Don't Bother
    For Elefante on July 26, 2014
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    Aussie_Breeze
    Joined Apr 10, 2013
    Is Australian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Went there with my girlfriend at around 8:30pm on a weekday. We were seated straight in the lovely outdoor terrace and were given the menu. That's about where the service ended.

    As it was later, the restaurant wasn't that busy. We waited 30min for somebody to take our order. During that time trying to wave somebody down and being actively ignored while staff were talking with each other on far side of terrace. After this 30min I physically got up and approached the wait staff and ask them to take our order. After they confirmed they would two waited 15 more minutes and still nobody to even take a drinks order. 45minutes of trying to get attention. We finally had to walk out and go somewhere else. Even for Shanghai this is a service low point. I would recommend any number of other restaurants. Don't bother with Elefante.
    Such a disappointment !
    For Elefante on May 5, 2014
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    reviewer
    Joined Apr 30, 2014
    Is French
    Posted 4 Reviews
    Such a disappointment !

    Both my friends and I are from south east of France, (area circling the Mediterranean sea for you dummies :-) )….
    "Elefante, mediterranean restaurant"
    We were all like "WOW ! how come we ve never been to this place before !".
    Well better late than never.
    Yeh!
    I have to say that I m a big fan of El Willy restaurant and knowing that Elefante belongs to that crazy-talented-extra-famous-must-be-under-LSD-when-he-does-advertisings-El-Willy .. well it must be a sign of trust … right ?
    Ehm ..
    We did make a reservation at 8.30, showed up at 8.20 were stunned by the really (really nice) patio-outside seating. After checking the inside of the restaurant, we finally decided to give the patio a try and mentioned to a waiter that we had a reservation and gave him my reservation name.

    Quick look at the menu. This stuff looks pretty good.

    Chef's recommendations "Foie Gras croquettas" !
    Hell yeah ! (hem… even foie gras is not really from Mediterranean area but who cares !) we are french ! foie gras is OUR thing ! we want it !.
    Ordered one of those, as well as some Shrimp Aïoli tapas (the name itself was mouthwatering), some more stuff with foie gras and some pork ribs and potatoes tapas. We top it up with a big jar of Sangria. One friend is on diet and orders a salad .. duh ! Whatever dude , your call !
    This is up to a good start : Foie gras. Aïoii. Sangria. Nice weather. Sitting outside. Friends gathering.
    Et voila !
    9.15, my phones rings. Somebody s calling me.
    "Hi Its Elefante restaurant, where are you ? you made a reservation at 8.30". "Yes, i know, we are outside we already ordered, i mentioned it to one of the waiters" . "When you are late you can call us to tell us you know" . "We are not late , we are outside.. we ordered .. we are eating.. go outside and you will see us".
    Hang up. Ok. Nice service. Anyway. Thanks.

    Foie gras croquettes finally coming. After a quick bite, my friends and I all look at each other : "did we order the right dish ?" "i think they made a mistake in the order" "no.. there isn't foie gras in this croquetta". Must be a mistake. Lets not eat the two last ones and ask them to double check. Mistakes happen.
    Instead, lets give those tiny-shrimp-which-look-like-the-stuff-you-find-in-cheap-vietnamese-restaurant-in-France a try.
    Those are not crispy. Those are oily to the max…and certainly not with olive oil. Those are not good. Go to the cheapest chinese restaurant in town, it will be better than those. Except that they ll cost you 70rmb here. For 5 shrimps. End of story. Disappointed.
    Ok well, lets give those pork ribs a try. Those look good. Well actually the potatoes coming with the things they call ribs look and smell good. But the stuff coming with it .. well...no guys, those are no ribs. Those are fat. With potatoes.
    The manager, a beautiful blond young woman is coming to ask us "how s everything?"… We mention the foie gras croquettas you know, no foie gras in those we swear ! She seems surprised. "Let me check".
    Pheww ! Thanks !
    Well no.
    Actually, she came back 30min later telling us the things we got was exactly the dish we ordered and she even tells us "GUYS, I tried it, THERE WAS foie gras in those croquettas, i m surprised you couldn't feel it".

    Ok we DID NOT want to play the "dude we are french" card here.
    But saying to 3 french guys from south of France that the thing you give them is filled with foie gras when there is absolutely no trace of it is like saying to sichuan people "yes this dish is spicy" when no red color appears on top of it.
    We didn't mention the kinda country salad that my friend ordered was tiny and has almost no meats or whatsoever.
    The other foie gras dish was ok, not bad, not excellent. It was fine.
    My friend ordered a coffee.
    Then the bill came.
    No discount, no gesture, no free coffee, no patatas fritas for free. Nah. Nothing. Not a word from the manager.
    How come a place like this, belonging to "El Master Willy" can have such bad food and bad service ?
    Overpriced.
    No customers oriented.
    In conclusion, stick with El Willy.
    Nothing to compare.
    And please master Willy, have that beautiful manager a training on Foie Gras.
    Merci !


    HUGE MISTAKE
    For Elefante on February 20, 2014
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    sandramq7
    Joined Jun 13, 2013
    Is Spanish
    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.
    Creamy Italian Dream
    For Elefante on October 28, 2012
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    cheryl chong
    Joined Jan 13, 2009
    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.
    "Uniqueness"
    For Elefante on September 4, 2012
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    zimmie
    Joined Aug 18, 2012
    Is Canadian
    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. Didn´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..
    Not at El willy's level
    For Elefante on August 20, 2012
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    voracious
    Joined Aug 20, 2012
    Is French
    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...

    Ole ole y ole!!!
    For Elefante on July 30, 2012
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    cristinita
    Joined Jul 30, 2012
    Is Spanish
    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!
    Elephants never forget an insult.
    For Elefante on July 20, 2012
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    Chinaist
    Joined Jul 20, 2012
    Is German
    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.
    The elephant has landed
    For Elefante on June 27, 2012
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    ShanghaiSideways
    Joined Apr 11, 2012
    Is French
    Posted 1 Reviews
    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!
    Dumbo Delicatessen
    For Elefante on June 19, 2012
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    amberlounge
    Joined Jun 15, 2012
    Is Spanish
    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.

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