Ever wondered where I was living ? Even though I’m very often outside of the country on business trips, Shanghai is the city I now call home. And it’s pretty awesome, check it out:Share on Facebook
I usually don’t do any publicity here but this time it’s too good to be true!
Thanks to Marc for drawing my attention to this on his blog www.marc.cn
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For the lot of you that are in Shanghai or traveling to sin city every now and then, you should enjoy this post… about a new french restaurant that opened on HuaiHai lu not so long ago as far as I remember: CUIVRE
Though the place was recommended by a friend of mine, I couldn’t help but check the description on SmartShanghai.com, which is my reference when I look for restaurants and bars in Shanghai. And the lights were green: 11 reviews (which is more than the average) and from people that were not there to “trash” the place but to praise its food and atmosphere in lengthy comments and descriptions… The description was I think a bit misleading though, as it stated that Cuivre is a southern style french bistrot… but I totally missed the south of France part of the menu…
Overall, very good experience for me as well though I would like to see more of this restaurant, but i’ll come to that later. The design of the place is to me excellent, they really did a good job and certainly did not cut corners like they do most of the time in China… Expect to see copper, copper, copper and wood! Cuivre is actually the french word for copper, but I would add to that they included it in a mix that can be called “industrial chic”… Have a look at those pictures (courtesy of SmartShanghai.com)
On a side note, when you have such a great ambiance, you might want to put a few pictures on the website….
I was actually taking a business partner there for a quick dinner rather than a full night out, so our experience has been somehow “light”. We didn’t take any starters nor desserts but focused on the main dishes and the wine. I opted for a piece of beef flank (bavette) with a traditional shallots with a side of bacon-wrapped asparagus. The beef was tender, well cooked and juicy while the sauce had a great balance of acidity and sweetness. Two thumbs up for this! There was also a side of fries with it but being myself Belgian, I would never acknowledge that French people can actually make proper fries. It’s a matter of national pride.
And for the liquids, we had a very nice Argentinian Malbec (though a little bit too cold for my taste) that sells for 380RMB. Yes, that’s the price you get decent wines for in Shanghai.
Will I go back? For sure. But this time, I want the full monty!
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