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8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA

6F, Mission Building, 169 Yuanmingyuan Lu
6087-2890
Italian
Address:
6F, Mission Building, 169 Yuanmingyuan Lu
Address in Chinese:
圆明园路169号协进大楼6楼
Nearest Metro Station:
East Nanjing Road
Cross Street in English:
near Beijing Dong Lu
Cross Street in Chinese:
近北京东路
Opening Hours:
Dinner: 6pm-midnight, Brunch: Sun 11:30am-3pm, Bar: 5pm-1am
Phone:
6087-2890
Price range:
More than ¥600
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This is the Shanghai outpost of the famed Hong Kong Italian restaurant helmed by Chef Umberto Bombana. Like it's Hong Kong predecessor, it now enjoys Michelin acclaim with two stars in the 2017 inaugural guide. Executive Chef Riccardo La Perna, cooks world-class Italian cuisine with exquisite ingredients and a touch of inspiration from his home island of Sicily.

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Cross Street in English:

6F, Mission Building, 169 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu


Cross Street in Chinese:

圆明园路169号协进大楼6楼, 近北京东路


Phone:
6087-2890

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samueljesse2

This was literally the worst dining experience in my 5 years in China. Our party of 3 were unpleased with the food, the service and the price was absurd. When complaining about the poorly balanced flavours and undercooked pasta (yes, I understand what al dente is), the staff were unhelpful. The head Italian chef (who spent his time sending off guests, not in cooking in the kitchen) rudely charged over to our table to aggressively ask what is the problem. Before we could finish explaining our issues he cut us off trying to educate us on pasta and Italian food as if we didn't understand the concept. Our table were made up of hospitality industry people, we didn't need a lesson. The artichoke soup had no seasoning and no taste of artichoke. The lobster fettuccine was more like lobster bisque soaked pasta, the watery risotto was overcooked and was ranked lower than the airplane food risotto our guest had eaten earlier that day (I tasted this and I've had better instant cup risotto, literally), and my crab spaghetti had no sign of crab, was extremely over salted and had remnants of the lobster fettuccine sauce. Upon sending this back, our waiter with no food knowledge was unable to handle the complaint and told us a scripted story about Italian food. After expressing our complaints our wine no longer was topped up and we had to get up and pour our own wines from the waiters station. If you're paying 400RMB+ per entree and 10% service charge you expect at least good service and the staff to understand the product they are serving. This was not the case. Total cost was well over 3000RMB for 3 eating starters and entree with a bottle of wine. We had to eat elsewhere after as the portions were so small and unpalatable.
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davidblais

Overpriced food and drink, bill was topped up 10% service charge but the service is a disaster. It's crazy for having such a unpleasant dining experience. I will never come back this place
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jacktender

I've been here many times but have been never recognized as they loyalty guest. I would said this has become my last time, hot dishes are served cold, the staffs are unhelpful and kept laughing behind us while we complained the dishes. If you are looking for traditional Italian and good services, Mercato has everything.
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john4747

Good food although nothing memorable except the fantastic cocktails.
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christinaemoh

The place is very nice, food was incredible especially the lobster (yummy!!!) liked.
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shnghi_grl

I had a birthday meal here and thought that the food was incredible, but as it's expensive, it's best saved for a special occasion. Just a tip... no need to order a dessert each like we did, as they bring out petit fours, which will give you all the sweetness you need after a meal!
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ralphcman

The food, wine and combination of both - simply excellent. The venue itself is very elegant and even romantic with an illuminated modern Pudong skyline across the Huangpu River. The tasting menu of 5 courses could not have been better - very good for our tasting buds and well presented with attentive service. Nothing was spared. Special thank you to Leonardo.
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dominique04

What is good: food is great with beautiful ingredients we had a menu set by the chef for us with shrimp carpaccio (bit to much onion for me in there), 2 pasta dishes, one with lobster (delicious!) and one with porcini (delicious again!), than lobster tail and as desert we had a cake made just for us as it was our anniversary with chocolate, pistachios and fruit(delicious!!!). And don't forget the service which is also good. What is less: airco is to high, background music could be better and they told us it was fully booked bet when we get there there were only 3 tables full! It's a place worth visiting more than once.
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darnell

OUTSTANDING!! Intimate design. Incredible lobster tagliatelle. Even the bread is fresh and good. I love the cocktails there. And not too highly priced.
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danb

Top class Italian restaurant. I could not not-vote for it! It's really one of the best restaurants in Shanghai.
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n0tacr1tic

Exprience in Hong Kong was better. This one run by Chef Alan Yu is still outstanding though. Food were well presented, service was attentive.
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barbablu

There is nothing much to say... just go there and enjoy Here hospitality has a meaning!
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tylersh

Absolutely one of the best restaurants in Shanghai. I hope it will keep up the high standards!
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dd104

food was great price is fair cocktail is super good !!!!
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dancebear

Underwhelmed. For a restaurant with True Michelin cred. It was pleased with my meal, but then just felt let down. There wasn't a particular thing that I didn't like, but at the same time, there was nothing that I really did like. At this price point I expect a bit more value. Food is Good, Service is Good, Ambiance is Good. That's the problem with it, it was only just good. Lobster Tagliatele, the pasta was great (fresh and perfectly cooked) however the flavor profile was so simplistic. A dish that was just good. I thought the risotto was slightly overcooked, when I mentioned it to the server the explanation was "Chinese local like it a softer" so I just shrugged my shoulders. Dessert, again, good, not Michelin good.
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ilikecigars

went there around when it first opened. My wife and I loved it. When the bill arrived i was pleasantly surprised as I thought that it was worth every penny...
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wanderluster123

Dinner is a pleasant and enjoyable experience at Otto Mezzo. It is an intimate space that is sophisticated and contemporary in design. Upon being sitted, our server was quite friendly and helpful in describing the menu and highlights. But for a few hiccups - such as, cutlery was placed in haphazardly on the sharing plate, and two different people came to explain the dishes, the service was consistent throughout the course of the meal. Highlights included the bread basket, iberico ham, caviar, crab bisque, wagyu beef and most of the pasta dishes, including the lobster tagliatelle, seafood pasta and ravioli dish. As the bread and pasta tasted so obviously fresh, it is a welcomed surprise that the hype is not unfounded. Avoid the amuse bouche (which on the night we went was a seared fish akin to ahi that was neither flavorful nor memorable), forgettable beef cheek risotto, and disappointing desserts. I must say I was really disappointed with the desserts... they lacked the refinement and taste that are usually presented by Japanese pastry chefs. The chocolate fondant pales in comparison to Jean Georges' signature cake, and the other sweets in the grand cru chocolate dessert plate including the chocolate gelato with jelly and ganache were average at best. I liked the concept and presentation of the dissected tiramisu here, but the taste was neither better nor worse than any tiramisu served at higher end Italian restaurants around the city. The apple strudel suffers a same fate, as it is neither here nor there despite the presentation of thinly cut apples beautifully laid over a bed of (soggy) pastry. Even the petite fours (chocolates, turkish delights, macarons and molecular gems) were lackluster in execution and taste. I must say there was one saving grace for the desserts, which was a complimentary melon sorbet to clease the palate prior to dessert. I intend to return for the delicious bread basket and pasta dishes, and will try more of the entrees as this visit only included the degustation menu's wagyu beef as an entree. Be prepared to pay at least RMB1000/head if you have three courses each and a bottle of wine. Also, note that there are no Michelin rankings in Shanghai, so your expectations for this restaurant should reflect the same.
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ottoemezzo_bombana

Dear “roberta”, I am Clelia Di Casola, customer & media relations manager at 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai. I am very sorry to read your experience at our restaurant was not satisfactory. First of all, let me clarify some of the points you made. The pasta dish you ordered is not made with trofie, nor is it advertised as trofie anywhere, so I guess there was a misunderstanding. Like the menu says, it’s trenette with red tuna, a kind of flat, long pasta, a little bit similar to linguine just as you said. Many of our dishes include a large number of ingredients that cannot be all listed on the menu, so we encourage customers to let us know in advance if they have an allergy or if they particularly dislike some ingredients. In this case, the pasta contained a bit of lemon zest to lighten the rich taste of tuna and bottarga. Finally, the Cherry Cannelloni has both ice-cream and sorbet inside the tuile, that’s why it may have seemed “a bit iced” to you. Said that, we strive for perfection in terms of food quality and service, and I apologize for the problems you encountered, like not being served sugar with your coffee. We would be very happy to invite you back to try our restaurant again and give us another chance! Best regards, Clelia
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roberta

From a Michelin 3 star I was expecting more and more. Yesterday evening I had a dinner in 8 1/2 Shanghai. This morning I have problem to remember what I ate. I'm Italian and I traveled all around the world. I ordered Trofie with Mediterranean Tuna. First of all it was not trofie (a hand made pasta like gnocchi) but linguine. Second: there was a big lemon flavour not written in the menu. What about the possibility I'm allergic to the lemon? At the end in my mouth only the lemon flavour. After I tried the lobster. Not so bed but nothing extraordinary. The lobster was too crunchy and the vegetable around had the same flavour. Better the dessert, with the cannolo alla ciliegia, even if the ice cream inside was a little bit iced. So, not an extraordinary experience from a 3 star restaurant. I'm still waiting for the sugar for my espresso. Good choice of wine and spirit.
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ivanov

Very, very pleasant experience! The main bartender took care of us all the way, making us great drinks and providing super friendly atmosphere. As it turned out, one of the chefs is an old friend of mine, which just made our night even better! Great venue, great service, great quality!
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kenguyen

best cocktails in the city !!! j'ADORE....
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fattoro

The Rock Bund locatin is still very underdeveloped. Practically Mezzo is the only restaurant there. Nonetheless you can still get a spectacular table side view of the bund. I expect to find loop holes in their service but I couldn’t find anything on the smallest details. I expected 81/2 to be heavily criticized by critics and food bloggers for their poor service and then eventually improve in the next year or so, but who would of thought they got it right the first time? What they did in a week took other fine dining restaurants a year to get it right, or for some who still struggle to get it right. Best of all… no service charge. As far as the food goes it ranges from good to excellent, but nothing really blew my mind like its other Hong Kong Michelin competitors. The Bluefin Tuna, Hokkaido Scallops, Porcini Risoto were wonderful and executed near perfection. The mains were a bit worse. The seabass had a fishy taste and tajima bef tenderloin was very unintersting and predictable. The desserts were a blessing. Petit fours hit the sweet spot, so did the apple strudel. Paper thin applce slices coated in sugar. and had a crisp pastry underneath. The food was a bi more Japanese than Italia (from the tasting menu). The menu is well priced and significantly cheaper than "Bund" prices. I will be back shortly to give the pasta a try! For full Review and Pictures please visit: http://fattoro.com/2012/02/27/8-12-otto-e-mezzo-bombana/
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