The seafood is absolutely wonderful and the service is prompt without being overbearing. The owner, Iris, is lovely and offers great recommendations for food. We had the Szechuan razor clams and the seafood plate. By far the best seafood meal I had in Shanghai.
Hidden amidst a sea of beer focused strip mall style bar spots is the lovely Ginseng. This place has everything I would look for in a cocktail haunt. Creative cocktail creation made possible by a heavy stock of hand made infusions and the lovely Becky Lam. A girl who knows her cocktail but even more importantly knows her guest. She immediately makes you feel like family over for the holidays and proceeds to liquor you up then sweet talk you into a gentle intoxicated state of relaxation as if you where in her home. The small space makes for an intimate time with other patrons whom you will meet and immediately befriend. It's no secret at this point that Ginseng is the Monday night industry haunt for a bunch of us craft cocktail nerds who currently call Shanghai our home.
Sultry decor and a comfortable bar set-up (at least for the guest anyway, to be honest I would be terrified to operate this set-up during a rush) complete with clever truisms about the reality of the cocktail. Rick the bar manager is a Starr! One of the more fearless and creative bartenders I have ever sat across from. He is always willing to work bespoke and pairs his drinks with clever banter and the occasional impromptu rap serenade. A young bartender miles ahead of where I was at his age I very much look forward to see where he takes his craft in the future. I will only visit this place for Rick as it is in a dead location for a bar of its quality.
Really good lessons over the year - the teacher is knowledgeable, really helpful with Chinese and English (Gulp, I learned a thing of two) grammar, and best of all the lessons did not feel like a chore, they were quite good fun. I'm really pleased with what they have to offer, I'm feeling a lot more confident now.
Food is ok, I forgot what authentic Thai food tastes like, but Urban Thai food quality is ok and not more than that. Environment is pleasant.
Staff is able to mess up everything, even when 2 tables occupied the whole evening. Wrong dishes are put on table, other dishes forgotten to send out even after asking twice. Two serving girls pay more attention on their Iphone and at the end put the wrong bill on the table...again: 2 tables occupied...Seems those 2 chicks put their brains in their pussy instead of in their service....
Don't go. Keeping this short: "Excuse me, can I help you?" was the hostess's salty greeting as we impetuously attempted to enter her restaurant. "Seafood." when we asked what type of food and her impatience with our fishy questions grew. "Modern seafood." as we peppered her with a "oh, what kind of seafood?" Then "We are fully booked." when it was clear that she wanted to swim back to her conversation with her friends.
Too many good restaurants in Shanghai to suffer service like this. I give them 6 months, 9 if she's a ernai.
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