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PHONE:

3253 0889


ADDRESS:

Reel Mall,
1/F, 1601 Nanjing Xi Lu,
near Changde Lu
南京西路1601号1楼,
近常德路



AREA:

Jing'an 静安


METRO:

Jing'an Temple, 5 mins. walk


HOURS:

Daily,
Cafe: 10am-10pm
Restaurant: 11am-11pm


CARDS:

Local and international cards accepted


PRICE:

$ $ $ $ $ (Show Legend)



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Editor's Description
Last updated: October 29, 2013

Henkes is Aussie chef Craig Willis's homage to the other side of his family; it's his mother's maiden name. By his own account, he's extracted the DNA of his first namesake restaurant Mr. Willis and expanded upon it with a trattoria/cafe/wine bar concept. Expect Willis's distinctive brand of Oz-Med flavors in sharable portions with a heavy Italian influence. The place also has a cafe that serves pastries, fresh-squeezed juices, and sandwiches.


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DCCC & Young Professionals hosts a Danish Christmas party featuring endless Danish food, beer and soft drinks. Lots of dancing and merriment and, of course, a lucky draw. 500rmb for members. 850rmb for non-members.
On Sat 29 at Henkes
 

2.8/5

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based on 5 reviews



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Mar 10th, 2014

thc23

Joined Jan/12
Posted 15 Reviews
From: Irish


My wife and I like to try somewhere new each week and last Saturday we unfortunately decided to try Henkes (I was a bit wary as we tried Mr Willis years ago and it's basically the same, nice decor, but nothing else to write home about).

They've done a really good job on the decor, but that's where the positives end and the negatives begin.

We were seated promptly, by the cash register, so there was a stream of staff constantly standing behind me, no problem, the menu looked good. They weren't too busy, but still we had to try to get the attention of 3 separate staff to take our order (I know, I know, service in China etc etc)

We ordered two pizzas and two drinks. After about 15 minutes our drinks still hadn't come, and neither had our free bread that I noticed all other tables had. When we inquired to the lady that had taken our order she said the bread would come with the starters, to which we reminded her, "you took our order, there are no starters".

Eventually the bread came with olive oil and the smallest amount of balsamic vinegar you can imagine. Then the drinks came, my coke, which was RMB30 (daylight robbery) didn't taste like coke and I'm sure it came out of post-mix (the soda machines like they have in fast food places) We'd noticed the drinks waiting on the counter and twice the staff went to get them only to twice stop and get the bill for other tables.

When the pizzas came they were enormous, which was surprising as we'd ordered two, not one member of staff told us about the size or advised we should perhaps order one between us, they were so big the table next to use were giggling saying no way we could finish them both.

Not one to turn down a pizza, it looked great, arugula, cheese, parma ham and tomato sauce base on a thin crust, I dug in. This was probably the most disappointing pizza I have every had in my life, and not just because it was RMB118. The dough was dry and bland, there was so much arugula (which I love) that it was very messy to eat. The cheese was flavourless and there was no taste from the tomato sauce. My wife asked for extra cheese, the staff went to get it and came back 10 minutes later with a white cheese which she promptly put down on the opposite side of the table from my wife and without even looking at us walked away.

Not once were we asked how the food was or if we wanted another drink, there was a western gentleman there dressed up in a dickie bow that I assume was the manager, but he was even less engaged in the customers than the staff.

Henkes, if you're going to charge the prices you do, get a manager and staff who actually look after paying customers and perhaps add some MSG to the food so there is at least a hint of flavour.

We will not be going back.
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Sep 24th, 2013

Laurent0510

Joined Jul/12
Posted 1 Reviews
From: French


I just went for a business lunch and was very disappointed .
Portions were awefully small although food was OK. I just was not expecting to pay 200 for a lunch you get anywhere else at 100.

I understand they must pay a crazy rent (Reel mall) but the value for money is just not there.

Will not go back I guess.

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Sep 23rd, 2013

shanghaihotelier

Joined Apr/12
Posted 24 Reviews
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Second time round I had dinner in Henkes. Last time it was OK but this time we left disappointed. The ambiance is great and the manager was very welcoming and helpful but overall service is lacking and not attentive. We had to ask for wine refills, water and for the table to be cleared, all in all there were plenty staff but all hanging around the bar chatting with each other. The verdict on food is not much better unfortunately. The appetizer which was a salad of octopus with grapefruit and leaves was tasty and well executed. However the main course - rack of lamb on lentils - a complete disappointment. There was hardly any meat to eat and the huge rack ended up cut and sliced in bits of fat but we left the table with hardly anything eaten, except for the lentils which were tasty. Unfortunately after two tries I am going to go elsewhere as service and food did not live up to the expectations at all which is a shame as the restaurant itself is well designed and pleasing.
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Nov 28th, 2012

RayZuo

Joined Nov/12
Posted 1 Reviews
From: China


Yesterday first time to come Henkes with my friends, they chose the food, and I picked up the wines.
Actually I am a big fan of Italian Wines!! When I saw there are probably 10 wines by the glass, and the price for Ornellaia Le Volte by the glass really impress me, then I order a bottle of Gaja Promise, love this wine for always and price there is much lower than marketing price, for ourselves & plus a glass of Le Volte only for myself ;)...
Very enjoyable eating, drinking & chatting with my friends there last night!!
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Nov 25th, 2012

mtnclimb28

Joined Sep/11
Posted 1 Reviews
From: American


First the Good:

1. The Service - Very rare to find a restaurant in Shanghai where the service is the high-point. However, the waiters were attentive and helpful and overall did a very good job.

2. The Space - I liked the feel of the restaurant quite a bit. Open kitchen, warm lighting, enough space between tables so you don't feel like you are right on top of another party. The bar area looks like a nice place to go for a drink with friends after work.

The Bad:

1. The Wine - They had an ok wine list, but very few choices for wines by the glass. There was one Cabernet/Shiraz blend and one Pinot Noir. I ordered the Cab/Shiraz. Not to be overly dramatic, but it was probably the worst glass of wine I have ever had in my entire life. I don't think the wine was defective. It was just horrible. I sent it back and tried the Pinot Noir which was ok. (Again, the service around this was fine. The waiter dealt with the issue professionally and appropriately) However, if they are going to offer only two choices of wines by the glass, it would be nice if they were at least drinkable.

2. The food - When I try a new restaurant, I usually try to order something very simple just to see how they do on a simple dish. At Henkes, I tried a Mushroom Lasagna. It was really just a big lump of melted cheese over pasta. Super, super heavy, devoid of much flavor and after eating about 1/3 of it, I really couldn't continue with it.

Since the point of a restaurant is really primarily about the food and drink, I would have to rate this overall as a negative experience. That being said, the owner has enough of a track record with me through Mr. Willis's and Alta Strada, that I would probably give it another try and see how it goes. (I could always just order a Pizza for instance and as long as it taste like an Alta Strada Pizza, I will enjoy it.)

This are reviews posted by SmartShanghai.com members of Henkeswithin the past 2 years.


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