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  • At a recent Friday date night, we ventured to the very far south of Shanghai in the vicinity of the Longhua Pagado to dine at the global French Cookie cutter style brassiere called Entrecôte – Steakhouse à la française, to what we thought was a promotional deal on at 190 RMB for two pax, we were certainly hooked, line and sinker.

    Upon entering the restaurant, one is greeted by the typical style of a French brassiere, with all the background sounds that you might find in the Montmartre, accordions playing with the occasional sounds of Charles Aznavour or Edith Piaf wafting through the airwaves.

    The set Table d'hôte promotional menu deal consisted of a choice of the following dishes

    Traditional French Frisee Salad

    Mushroom soup

    Sirloin steak aka Entrecôte with French fries and their secret sauce aka ‘Café de Paris butter, there is no real secret to this rich herby garlic butter sauce, that's been spread over Entrecôte steaks the world over.

    Looking around at other diners, it was evident that the portions were somewhat small, so we order the following additional dishes

    Escargots in garlic and parsley butter....a night for garlic lovers.

    Purée Maison granitée aux Fromage et lardons – or in plain speak, scooped out baked potato with grilled cheese and diced bacon.

    Sautéed French beans.

    Followed by the classic crème brûlée for dessert, I have had better, and had worse, this was acceptable.

    We had a couple of glass of French Chardonnay, along with a couple of glasses of non-descript red house wine, also French, both wines were decent pours and affordable prices.

    There was a cross-section diner's, dining on this Friday evening, young and old, along with several Europeans enjoying a night out.  The service staff were friendly, not always on the ball though, and had to flag them down at times to draw attention to the table at times, but overall a satisfactory meal and experience for the amount paid and can recommend for an off the beaten track, no-frills affordable restaurant, damages came to 600RMB

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