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D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana
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    • ADDRESS:
      5 Dongping Lu,
      near Yueyang Lu
      东平路5号, 近岳阳路

    • PHONE:
      6473 9394
    • WECHAT:
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    • AREA:
      Xuhui
    • METRO:
      20 mins walk from Hengshan Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 11am-11pm
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$$$
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    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      D.O.C. is an Italian restaurant and artisan pizzeria with a focus on imported ingredients like San Daniele prosciutto and jet fresh buffalo mozzarella from Campania. Pizzas feature a unique range of toppings like pear and gorgonzola or preserved fruit, pork belly and radicchio. They also offer a few homemade pastas and simple grilled items like Australian beef tenderloin.
    • Lunch Special

      Classy but casual.. Italian food the doesn’t need a fist of bills. D.O.C hosts a casual dining Set Lunch with prices starting from 68rmb for 2 courses. The deal includes an entree of soup or salad, a main course and complimentary coffee,...
      • Dining | DOC | Daily except Sat & Sun

    ARCHIVED EVENTS

    • The Golden Brunch

      Brunch menu is available every single day of the holidays for people stuck in Shanghai. There's free-flow options as well, with the a la carte menu to wash it down easier. Starts 11am.
      • Dining | DOC | Daily until Oct 8 2017
      • 2017-10-01 Finished
    • Brunch

      D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana does egg dishes, wood fired egg pizettas, and wood roasted bagels. They've also got 8 new big plates and a wide selection of artisan coffees, plus juices and smoothies. If you want alcohol with your meal,...
      • Dining | DOC | Every Sat, Sun until Feb 28
      • 2016-11-03 Finished
    • A Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner

      Treat your partner to a romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner in the romantic environs of an Italian resto. D.O.C will present the Italian-inspired “San Valentino” couples menu for 888rmb. Available from 6pm. Call ahead for reservations.
      • Dining | DOC | on Tue Feb 14, 2017
      • 2017-02-14 Finished
    • Daily CNY Brunch

      D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana does egg dishes, wood fired egg pizettas, and wood roasted bagels. They've also got 8 new big plates and a wide selection of artisan coffees, plus juices and smoothies. If you want alcohol with your meal,...
      • Dining | DOC | Daily until Feb 2 2017
      • 2017-01-27 Finished
    • Second Annual Baobei Luncheon Raffle Tickets

      The Baobei Luncheon is a great opportunity to do some good out there in the world and your chance to contribute much needed funds to help Chinese orphans needing life-saving surgeries. The centerpiece to the event at D.O.C. is the...
      • Community | DOC | on Thu Dec 1, 2016
      • 2016-12-01 Finished
  • Decent food, with terrible service
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on November 9, 2015
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    sharpieincluded
    Joined Jun 16, 2011
    Is American
    Posted 4 Reviews
    We were looking for a place to have a niceish dinner with a friend who was in town visiting, while also carb loading (as per Shanghai Marathon's Warm Tips). What better place to do both than an Italian restaurant, right?

    Well, we weren't totally wrong, but we definitely weren't absolutely right either. Maybe the whole evening would've left a better taste in our mouth if we had been drinking, but our pre-run sobriety allowed us the rare opportunity to see the whole evening clearly.

    Let's start with the good. Overall, we were happy with the taste of the food. The table being heavily vegetarian we got pretty much one of each of the meatless pasta dishes and one of the seafood pastas, and they were all...good. I can't say delicious because they didn't blow anyone's mind, however they were definitely better than we could make at home (let's be honest about how we all rate Italian food). The sauce was a little salty, but that is how I think all pasta sauce should be, plus it's a nice departure from the sweet tomato sauces that plague so many "Italian" restaurants here.

    Moving on to the bad. We are going to stick with the food. The portions on each of the pasta dishes varied wildly. The seafood dish looked like it was about an entire box of pasta, while the basically plain spaghetti and tomato sauce (that was 10rmb more expensive) was in a teeny bowl, and easily consumed in 15 minutes. The ravioli orderers didn't fare much better, each getting 6 thin ravioli. The food is good, but not good enough to excuse minuscule portions.

    Now the ugly. THE SERVICE. From waitstaff kind of just standing at the table and staring at us blankly as we asked questions multiple times. To being ignored for long stretches of time. To having to order a glass of wine three times before it arrived, we got all the different flavors of terrible service in one dinner. The cherry on top was ordering the "pizza bag filled with salad" and asking for them to hold the tuna. We were told this was possible, yet when it arrived it was to the brim with tuna. #vegetarianproblems on top of service problems. Not a great combo.

    In conclusion, I'm not going to lie. We will probably go back. Good pasta is hard to find in Shanghai, and maybe with some wine to take the edge off the strange service the experience will lean more towards the positive.
    VERY Dusppointing
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on August 1, 2015
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    laloduina
    Joined May 21, 2015
    Is Italian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I am Italian and I know what a good restaurant means, what a good pizza should taste , and what fair prices/ good value should be.

    I was referred to this restaurant by an Italian friend, who ate there probably more than 1 year ago -- I trust his judgment and I think the timing of his visit and my visit (3 days ago) may explains the gap between what i was told and what i experience.

    this is what I have experienced:

    - pizza: one of the worst in town - i can easily name 10 places in Shanghai that make a much better pizza than this one; but i would not put this pizza n.11 -- this pizza was simply awful. I ordered a porcini pizza and the mushroom were not even porcini; the mozzarella was not real mozzarella and no sign of tomato - just tons of low quality cheese. with some non-porcini mushroom -- awful - i actually had stomach ache for 2 days after this pizza and this is why i am taking the time to leave this review.

    - did i just get unlucky with my pizza? NO. My friend had a RMB180 pizza which was no better than mine. We are talking about RMB 180, for one pizza.

    - pricing: offensive. Considering the quality of the pizzas, how can they say 'best pizza in town" ? They charge 3 to 5 times what i would pay in Italy for a MUCH better pizza in a NORMAL pizzeria - yes not fair to compare Shanghai with Italy, but 3 to 5 times the price for a much lower quality seems just offensive.

    - service was rushed the whole time; not unfriendly, but programmed to get you our of there as quickly as possible. pouring wine and water when our glasses were still full and asking if we wanted desert when we are still 'dealing' with out awful pizza

    - the brad was of poor quality, and small quantity and zero variety; not what you would expect from a restaurant like this at this prices

    - wine & water were fine. how can you get those wrong?

    - tiramisu was good

    - limoncello was good and on the house (because i asked for it; they didnt offer)

    - overall we paid RMB 730 for 2 people for 2 awful pizzas, 1 bottle of chianti, 1 water, 1 tiramisu (2 limoncello) - and a stomach ache that lasted 2-3 days

    - environment is nice and probably this is why they can afford to charge those pricing.

    Overall to me this is cheating. HIgh price for very low quality food and rushed service

    I won't be back there and I don't recommend this restaurant.
    Not good
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on May 29, 2015
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    danielhellenes
    Joined Jun 3, 2013
    Is Norwegian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Second time I have dinner at this place this week. After waiting 45 minutes for a table, the frist thing we noticed again, was the poor service. The waiter don't look at you and seem to be busy with everything else. Yesterday I was here as well. Service was bad again. The waiter filled up everyone glass with wine except one girl. The bottle got empty, meaning, that we needed to order more wine if she would wanted more.
    Several of us ordered steak. When the food came, the potatoes were missing. We told the waiter, and she told us that they were empty. We asked why she did not tell us in advance, but she did not have a clear answer do this. They did not offer us any compensation. Really sad that the interior is very nice, the food is ok+, but the service is really really bad.
    The "GAP" of Italian Food
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on March 16, 2015
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    Chavster
    Joined Jan 8, 2012
    Is Canadian
    Posted 4 Reviews
    This is the type of Shanghai restaurant that throws one into a conundrum. It's a solid restaurant choice in a prime FFC location that happens to be surrounded by mediocre sports pub food and Chinese takes on "International" cuisine.

    The restaurant has a pleasing "Southern Italian Concept" style as if it were art-directed by a nerdy fan of Italian Neo-Realism meets new wave cinema. Sure - the art on the walls is fake-aged advertisements for Cinzano and San Marzano that you find in every family Italian chain red-sauce diner around the world. Ditto the paper menus and Southern Italian favorites that Nonna would make. But the fixtures and fittings are industrial chic, the space is a bombed out shack in an unlikely high-traffic area, and the designers clearly have an eye for proportion and tasteful furniture. The atmosphere is raucous and pleasantly irreverent and almost makes you forgive the sadly ubiquitous table-water hustle foisted upon you. To their credit the kitchen is using quality ingredients and is not shy about heaping on burratta and slathering items with truffle oil. There is a laudable attempt throughout the menu to give these traditional dishes a bit of luxe playfulness with a lobster tail here and a mussel broth there. But they do fall down on executing some simple pomodoro sauces by using too much canned tomato and tomato paste. Imported Italian canned tomatoes they may be, but they weigh down a garganelli with a a sauce that is too oily and heavy. In contrast, a simple bruschetta was bright and fresh with just fresh sliced tomatoes, olive oil and seasoning. The oil on the tables is genuine extra virgin, the vinegar real balsamic and the cheeses on offer are legit.

    Service as noted by others is all over the place. There just isn't room at a restaurant in this price range for the clown show that goes on here. The business of the cramped space doesn't help anything and just hampers staff that are already unfamiliar with most of the food. I will be back here though just as many others critical of the place will probably return despite misgivings. Why? Because three out of four dishes are better than the version at their competing rivals. Because to do better than this you're going to have to jump into serious dining establishments with even more eye-watering prices. And because when I'm watching a game at The Camel and my system can't handle the thought of cold greasy fries and battery-acid coffee I need a haven of gastronomic relief. Congratulations restaurant consultants you've won the day.
    Go get your own water... next door!
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on February 28, 2015
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    ty_canadian
    Joined Jan 9, 2009
    Is Canadian
    Posted 4 Reviews
    I went to DOC shortly after their opening with my girlfriend, and everything seemed pretty good - service was ok, food came out nice and quick, and everything tasted great.

    However, I recently brought some friends back there and had one of the worst dining experiences in Shanghai to date (I've been here for 7 years). Where do I start . .

    We knew that it was going to be busy, so we showed up an hour prior to when we felt like eating and waited for a table for 10 (when we called on the phone they were unwilling to make reservations). When we were seated there were only 8 chairs, and the waitress kept assuring us they would bring two more. 2 and a half hours later, 2 of my friends finished their meal standing since no chairs were ever brought over. Even though the whole time there were empty ones at the bar, the waitress would not let use them and told us the stools had to stay at the bar.

    The seating was just the a small fry in the bigger picture though. The thing that bothered me the most is that after asking for glasses of water 4 times, the waiter told us we should go get it ourselves - so I did exactly that. I walked to the Lawson next door and bought bottles of water for all my friends and came back inside with a plastic bag filled with 2RMB bottles of water. The staff didn't seem to care, neither did the manager. How can you refuse your guests a glass of water? Times must be real hard for DOC if that's the case.

    Next, we tried ordering some cocktails - to which we had to do 5 TIMES, because the waiter kept forgetting the order, and would claim we only ordered 'x' drinks when really we ordered 'y' drinks. I don't get it, I saw him write down the order on his pad, yet he still chooses to argue with us. A+ yet again, I'm sure you can sense where this is going.

    Next, we asked for some bread - denied. Apparently getting bread is too much of an effort, so much so that the waiter chuffed under his breath like it was the biggest problem in the world to get some bread for the table. That's fine, we survived without bread.

    Finally, when we ordered our dishes we told the waitress that everything would be to share and if the kitchen could prepare everything accordingly. When she brought out things like pizzas, calzones, etc we asked her if the kitchen wouldn't mind cutting them for us. assuming she had forgot to tell them we were sharing dishes. Her response? "Cut it yourself." And then she just walked away. What the hell is that? The dishes didn't even come with the proper cutlery to cut, which is besides the point. Have you ever tried to cut a pizza with a fork? Damn rocket science right there.

    Luckily the food was good, so we didn't cause a scene. Maybe the staff just can't handle a big group? I don't know... Anyways, I won't be returning anytime soon - I just can't bear to stand at a table for another 2 and a half hours without water and constantly fighting with the wait staff.
    Great atmosphere, even better pizza
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on December 31, 2014
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    Mikieb0213
    Joined Jul 14, 2013
    Is American
    Posted 6 Reviews
    I've been to DOC twice now, once for a company party and once for dinner with my wife, and I've been impressed on both occasions.

    The salads and appetizers are delicious, fresh and not too heavy. The pizzas are the best thing on the menu and are made in their stone fired oven.

    The décor is very warm and charming and on the two occasions I've been it's been busy enough to feel lively but not overly noisy or crowded. It makes for a great place to take a date or meet a few friends. I recommend splitting a few appetizers (the Buffalo mozzarella and calamari) and a few pizzas (get the truffle mushroom one).

    If you're going to have a few drinks, plan on spending around RMB 300 - 400 per person and you will leave happy, full and mildly buzzed. I know I did.
    D.O.C: Disappointing. Overpriced. Cheeky
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on October 13, 2014
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    banana11
    Joined Oct 13, 2014
    Is Australian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    It is not my first time to D.O.C, but it is most definitely my last time after today's disaster of a meal.

    Decided to drop into D.O.C for lunch with a friend after stopping by Surpass Court to pick up a couple of V Cleanse juices. The waitress was fine as she took our order (Baby spinach salad and something that resembled a calzone), but when we asked for two glasses of water, she sheepishly explained that they charge 10 RMB per glass for hot water (just straight up, boiled water, not a trace of lemon to be found, FYI)

    Fine, whatever this kind of 'water policy' in Shanghai happens at some establishments and as outrageous as it is, I can deal with it. You either pay for the water, go thirsty or leave.

    However, the audacity doesn't end there... Remember those juices we had bought? They were peacefully sitting on the table, completely sealed and minding their own cold-pressed business. Apparently, that's not good enough for D.O.C management. Our waitress promptly asked us if she could take away the bottles of juice and return them to us when we leave. We told her we wouldn't drink them, but she insisted on behalf of her boss as she lifted them from our hands and walked away.

    To the boss of D.O.C, we didn't come to pay 120 RMB for lunch per person (no drinks) only to be treated like 5-year olds who apparently can't be trusted.

    My advice to those considering this place for lunch would be to head around the corner to Pizza Express on Yongjia Lu for their lunch set instead... (They even provide free iced tea refills and the service is much better) In fact, I'd probably opt for Dominos pizza on Yueyang Lu over a return visit to D.O.C...

    Food was average at best.
    Fantastic Food
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on April 11, 2014
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    LeticiaR
    Joined Apr 21, 2013
    Is Spanish
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I've had dinner there three times now. The first time I went I fell in love with their mussels and had to back the weekend after to eat them again, they were soooo good!
    All the dishes I've tried have a variety of flavours in them and yet you can taste each and every one of the subtleties of each flavour.
    The cocktails seem to be pretty loaded so watch out if you are not int that sort of thing.

    The manager is super nice, but, if you go late, after a while the waiters seem to vanish and it's hard to find one. So the service could be better.

    Then again, the food is so good I will be coming back.
    Not Worth It
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on March 30, 2014
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    8fullhours
    Joined May 17, 2012
    Posted 6 Reviews
    I went to DOC with a few friends for lunch. Word of mouth within my entourage led me to believe quality should be very good. Short version: not worth it.

    Long version: Ambiance was fantastic – modern and stylish furniture and deco. We got a great table in the sun on their second floor patio. Unfortunately the waiters didn’t want to clear it after the previous guests. Out of the three drinks we ordered, two never came. I understand that it was busy, but seeing as they charge 70 RMB for 750 ml of water (30 RMB for 250ml), you’d think it might come faster.

    We ordered a salad called saltinbocca (95 RMB), which comes in a ‘pizza bag’, an extremely thin, air-filled calzone shape with salad inside. Thumbs up to the elaborate presentation. Bread was thin and crusty, and the salad inside was really tasty. Among a long list of ingredients the fresh yellow fin tuna really stood out for me – it was delicious. The salad was supposed to have goat cheese but had feta instead (no one mentioned this), and there was a lack of dressing which made the lettuce taste slightly bland. Even so, 8 / 10 on the salad.

    I found the manager to be a little strange, giving me an unfriendly response when I asked which city the chef came from (I’m Italian and had heard the restaurant was as well, so I was curious). I’m a harsh pizza critic and after raving reviews I really expected more from their pizza. We ordered the Porcini pizza (132 RMB) which comes with mushrooms and truffle oil. Mushrooms were tasty and the truffle oil was scrumptious, making up for an otherwise average pizza. Yes, it’s better than dominos, it’s better than café’ de stagiares, but if they’re going for the authentic Italian label, it’s too thick and the other ingredients weren’t fresh enough to make the cut in my book. Pizzas generally range in the 100 - 150 RMB range. Desserts go from 60 - 140 RMB.

    I will say that after half a salad and half a pizza I was really full. One taste of my friend’s lasagna guaranteed I would not order it should I return (sauce was 100% not fresh). At the end we tried to split the bill between two people and the waiter rolled his eyes and made a huge fuss, trying to get my friends to pay for one another and owe each other money later.

    All in all, the ambiance is very nice and perhaps you could forgive its overpriced items due to its great location. In my opinion the combination of the rude service, (slightly) above average food and moderately high prices will stop me from returning. It’s more or less on the same price range as Pizza Marzano, which I prefer both in terms of food and service.

    Go for a date or with business for the nice atmosphere and for food that isn’t horrible. I still think it’s overpriced for what you get and I much prefer its competition – If I’m looking to fill the Italian cuisine void I’d choose Nene or Bella Mia for a date or Pizza Marzano for business. This was my second time at DOC, and I have yet to understand what the big fuss is about.
    Terrible
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on January 19, 2014
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    Eamon
    Joined Aug 24, 2007
    Is Italian
    Posted 3 Reviews
    Such a disappointment!

    Starting from the staff to the menu on paper and food in the plate.

    Lots of salad leaves in the plate very little substance. They try to make you wait so that you can buy more drinks before you sit to increase the bill.

    The mozzarella is actually very hard and i have no idea where it comes from.

    The pizza is very expensive and for that quality in many other restaurant in Shanghai you can find a much better quality/value product.

    The staff is slow and they didn't understand our order and of course we didn t get what we ordered.

    MAMMA MIA!!!
    A Lie...
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on January 4, 2014
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    atchang14
    Joined Oct 23, 2011
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Two biggest lies ever to be told in history. One, the O.J. Simpson murder case. Two, the pork ribs and angus beef at D.O.C

    I'm not the kind to bash on bad restaurants, but since I had such a bad experience with D.O.C, it's my responsibility to let you know the truth and save yourself the disappointment. Also, it's the first time I had two really terrible dining experiences at two well known restaurants, the other being Sichuan citizen. I'm a frequent diner at Madison, Commune Social, Scarpetta, Mercato I know good food. But this, this restaurant is blasphemy.

    The atmosphere. Check. Incredible lighting, seating, decor, floor plan it all cozy, wood, and has a really Italian local feel to it. This checks out.

    The service, more than enough servers walking around, so if you need one, they are easy to grab.

    My friend had warned me that the meat was "so-so," however that day my co-worker had just told me the pork ribs (90 RMB) were off the chain, a complete winner, so I was set on trying it. I ordered, the food came, and to my surprise, the presentation was flawless, pork ribs on a bed of rosemary oven roasted potatoes with a light balsamic glaze.

    As I cut through the ribs, I had a feeling it was a bit dry, being slow roasted for 9 hrs, I gave them the benefit of the doubt. Then I took a bite. Hmmm…how do I describe this eloquently. Tasteless, w/ no pork flavor whatsoever, not sure what kind of sauce was lathered on it, sure as hell couldn't figure out what it was, some kind of sweet and salty BBQ sauce with a little too much honey. Fine maybe the first bite wasn't so pleasant, I doused it with balsamic to give it some flavor, nope, not the right move, then it was tabasco, again, big failure, then lastly, some tomato sauce from the kitchen, awful. No matter how many sauces I tried with this pork, nothing could make it taste better.

    The bed of rosemary potatoes, awful. Dry, not freshly cooked.

    After being seriously disappointed, I decided to give the angus beef a try, waiter didn't ask how I wanted it, so I assumed it was medium. Dish came, had a tough time cutting through the meat. It wasn't fresh, again tasteless, they make the menu sound like it's 150g of australian imported goodness, except it fell short, really short of it's description.

    All in all, if this restaurant didn't look so nice on the inside, and have so many what looked like happy diners eating here, I wouldn't bother to write a review. Maybe I ordered the wrong dish, or maybe I just got a bad batch of meat. Don't be fooled by the nice decor and the elegant menus. If this restaurant is going to look like a want-to-be Mercato, it better have the food to back it up.

    If you want some good Italian, go to Scarpetta. Best Italian in town. Hands down.
    Such a disappointment
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on December 5, 2013
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    madingoshanghai
    Joined Dec 5, 2013
    Is Swiss
    Posted 1 Reviews
    It's been over 8 years since I live in Shanghai and find myself seriously disgusted by this kind of overrated restaurant.
    I heard so many good stuff about DOC that I obviously wanted to try it...what a bad surprise. The first time i went there i had dinner and just ordered spaghetti carbonara ... a real disaster , even Salzeiria did it better ! desserts were OK. The 2nd time was actually today for lunch. I was hoping that the level would be better .. I ordered a salmon fillet of the day, which is also very simple to cook especially when steamed, It was uncooked once, the waitress took back my plate and returned it15 minutes later with another uncooked salmon !!! Neither the Italian Chef or the Boss came to apologize ! I find it simply outrageous ! So please DOC Restaurant Owner stop taking customers for idiots because this situation is truly unacceptable! ! Nowhere else i have experienced such a bad experience especially with a presumely good level restaurant . So all the fuss about this restaurant is a joke .
    Thanksgiving at DOC - fantastic
    For D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana on November 29, 2013
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    EdamameShanghai
    Joined Aug 25, 2013
    Posted 3 Reviews
    We avoided all turkey and mention of turkey and decided to spend Thanksgiving at DOC. My first time, I was very impressed with the decor both downstairs and upstairs. Upstairs only a few tables had diners, while downstairs was packed. The service was some of the best I have had in Shanghai - thorough, friendly, smart.

    The food was amazing - my only "warning" is that some of the dishes do not exactly match what you think you might be ordering (or we missed the details in the dim light). The shrimp was more of a bisque type of affair, delicious but possibly not exactly what you think you might be ordering. We had a few oysters - fresh and delicious, mozzarella salad, antipasto, tuna steak, veal...yeah we went to town on it.

    A few bottles of red - cheapest coming in at around 350 RMB something. Overall spent 600 RMB each - yes not cheap but we drank a fair amount also.

    Will definitely be coming back with my family again!
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