I had a lovely meal here with several friends. Our orders consisted primarily of starters and pastas, which I thought ranged from good to excellent. Pastas varied, I ordered the gnocchi, which most people at the table agreed might have been the best of the pasta options.
Wines are also super reasonable (for Shanghai standards) and our service was very good. Couldn't have been happier with this place. (Wish it was closer to where we lived, but then again, it's the one sane restaurant on/near the Bund!)
Posted 1 Reviews
Upon arrival, the restaurant looks very much Italian with artworks lining the entrance pathway leading into the dining area. The vibe is very artistic, creating a sense of being inside an exhibition.
The tables are made from big blocks of wood, with cute plates rather reminiscent of Japanese earthenware and a rustic metal bucket for cutlery. The walls are decorated with photos and a big mural of what seems to be Beijing reminds you that the restaurant is aware of it's largest market share.
The menu is a single piece of acrylic plastic very tastefully designed. While the menu was minimal, I thought that perhaps a handful of standout dishes would be their strength as opposed to a lengthy lineup of mediocre dishes. I was woefully wrong.
The tuna potato salad was painfully uninspiring. A mix of carrots, potatoes and canned tuna mixed with mayonnaise was all that I could identify on my palate. The potatoes were slightly under cooked and crunchy while the carrots were overcooked and mushy.
The spanish tortilla (potato omelette) was passable, topped with sweet red peppers and parma ham. Again, no creamy center nor crunchy outer crust was present, almost reminiscent of airplane food or something a child would make on his first few attempts in the kitchen.
Parma ham was served, and while the quantity was very generous, no other foods to pair it with were served with it. The customary bits of fruits or nuts or even bread were absent, leaving my date and I to awkwardly eat the ham plain.
Beef cheek with roasted pumpkin was pretty good. The beef was tender and succulent while the roast pumpkin was not too soft and aromatic. My only gripe would be that the caramelized onions on top were served without having the sharp vinegary taste cooked out of it yet.
The roast chicken was simply a leg of chicken served on a bed of baby roast potatoes and more of the pumpkin from the beef dish. The outside of the chicken was grilled to a beautifully browned colour, but the inside turned out to be still rather raw and had to be sent back.
To conclude, the atmosphere was very cozy and comfortable while being chic and modern, however the menu blatantly fails to live up to the expectations set by the venue.
Posted 1 Reviews
Been there tonite for the first time and glad to have discovered another good part of Italy in SH.
Very cosy 1930's intimate atmposphere, good service, great location and excellent genuine food from my country: gnocchi and ravioli are top and the owner Marco could create a good balance between a elegant atmosphere suitable both for a date and a biz dinner and at the same time that "home feeling" that only a few Italian restaurants in town can give.
Congrats, hope to see more Italian fellas around here,
Posted 7 Reviews
Marco has definitely left his mark on Shanghai ! Ive been to Goodfellas many times and each dish Ive tried has been fantastic, especially the stuffed chicken. The sauces are simply amazing. Prices are surprisingly low for the quality of food.
Very cozy spot near the bund, good service from the beautiful Gia, and sometimes russian models appear for dinner. Marco just smiles and says "you like it here, dont you" ? Yes, I do.
Posted 1 Reviews
We had dinner at this nice last week, and as usual Marco was there to make the place feels like home.
The atmosphere is nice, friendly and intimate, and the beef carpaccio is so tasty I wanted to order a second plate!
If you have family or friends visiting in Shanghai Goodfellas is definetely the place to take them out for dinner on the Bund. Well done guys!