Mr. and Mrs. Bund

Under Chef Paul Pairet (formerly of Pudong Shangri-la’s Jade on 36 where he worked for 3 years), Mr. and Mrs. Bund is Shanghai’s modern french eatery and its first late night dining restaurant. Serving some classic and also updated French favorites, Chef Pairet makes Mr. and Mrs. Bund shine by being the Best french restaurant in Shanghai and placing it in the Top 3 of the Miele Guide.

Smack right in the middle of The Bund, the restaurant is classic and chic yet still keeps a relaxed atmosphere with the staff in white shirts, colorful ties with jeans and converse sneakers serving you as you sit in oversized chairs and huge high tables as if you’ve found yourself in an Alice in Wonderland remake.

The front door remains closed…Customers do not know what to expect inside.

When coming here, be patient with the menu; there are 280 dishes to choose from. If you’re in a rush however, there are menu highlights at the front of the menu booklet. There’s a wide selection of french classic such as foie gras and oeufs mayonnaise, seafood and fish dishes from lobster to black codfish and meat which includes Australian angus and short ribs.

On the table upon arrival, a bread basket – very crispy with butter.

We were promptly given our ‘amuse-bouche’ with crispy thin bread and tuna mousse in a cheeky tin can with the lid peeled back. It was very light and airy and spread very easily onto the thin crust.

As a strong supporter of foie gras, the foie gras crumble was something I had to try and I fell in love with it. It was crunchy with the fruit topping of raisins and other dried fruits with hazelnuts and very smooth and not overwhelmingly heavy pâté underneath. The foie gras was accompanied by a thick toasted bread and 3 slices of green apple.

Foie Gras Light Crumble: Light Duck Foie Gras Mousse, Raisin Hazelnut Crumble

Oeufs Mollets Mayonnaise – a french classic

Hand-cut steak tartare with hot baby potatoes

I usually wouldn’t eat raw meat in China but I wanted to try what steak tartare would taste like outside of France. It was recommended to pour the baby potatoes around the steak tartare; and eating both hot and cold at the same time. A very fresh and clean tasting tartare.

Some Jabugo ham on the house 🙂

For fish, we ordered the black cod in a bag, known as one of Pairet’s specialty. The cod is cooked in a carta fata transparent baking paper and served with rice. I have seen this type of presentation before, so for myself it did not stand out as much though the presentation made it memorable.

“Black Cod in the Bag”: Black Cod Fish Simmered in Heat Proof Bag with Cantonese Sauce

As for the meat, one dish that had to be taken (with no complaints from my end) was the Long short rib. It is meant for 2 people, but…I finished it off myself. It was not a huge piece of meat since it came with the bone intact but the presentation was clean cut and beautiful with a brush stroke of orange reduction and very thin garlic chips. The meat was not dry, but tender and not to the point of being overcooked – tender, juicy and with a strong flavor of teriyaki glaze. The winner of the meal.

Long Short Rib Teriyaki (for 2 pax): Teriyaki Glaze, Orange Reduction, Garlic Chips

 

Beef Cheek in red wine reduction

I really did not want to have dessert but was strongly recommended to have another Pairet specialty; the Lemon and Lemon tart. It was ranked as the number 1 Western dessert by CNNGo for Shanghai. It was definitely an interesting dessert. You eat the lemon as a whole but it is blanched several times with sugar, and hollowed out. Inside instead, you will find lemon sorbet, lemon curd and vanilla Chantilly cream. You can no longer feel that strong sourness taste of the lemon.

Lemon & Lemon Tart: Candied Lemon filled with Lemon Sorbet, Lemon Curd, Vanilla Chantilly, served with Sablé

 

The wine list is just as extensive and varied as the menu with prices ranging from 400 RMB to 10,000 RMB per bottle. But, you could also choose from  4cl, 7.5cl, 15cl or 25cl from a self-service machine where you swipe an allocated card found on your table and refill the glass as much as you want giving you the opportunity to taste different wines and feel right at home.

The meal, the atmosphere and the setting as well as the service was just right. I was surprised that in this high end place, the attitude was not cold; but instead it was warm and friendly as well as very efficient where the staff was attentive and observant of your needs. Obviously for Shanghai, the cost is much higher than your usual local favorites but it is on the high end of affordable and very well worth the experience.

When I mentioned late night dining in Shanghai, I wasn’t suggesting it opened until 1 am. Actually, they open until 4 am and from 11pm, they offer better value in both meals and drinks (buy one get one free) if you’re in the mood for a post-clubbing meal. The view is also worth it, and you can hop onto the balcony to enjoy the view and the river view after the meal. Reservations recommended.

Mr. and Mrs. Bund

Address: 6/F, Bund 18, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu 中山东一路18号6楼, 近南京东路
Metro: Nanjing E. Rd

Tel: 6323 9898

Website: www.mmbund.com

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