Address: 110 Fenyang Lu
110 Fenyang Lu
near Taiyuan Lu
This Spanish restaurant is housed in a stunningly beautiful mansion with, not surprisingly, several great patios. It’s got both modern and traditional Spanish dishes made with fresh products served up by a chef from San Sebastian and an excellent selection of modestly priced wines.
Visited on 10/20/2013
Very authentic Spanish food. Valuable brunch set 188 with 2 Tapas & 1 dessert.
Various choices for the brunch set and could share with friends together
Visited on 04/13/2013
Overall atmosphere is a winner. Beautiful upstairs bar/balcony and downstairs dining room and outside terrace. As nice as any place in Shanghai for upscale ambience. Unfortunately the service isn't up to par nor is the food service & portions. We all unsderstand the tapas concept but when you order a MAIN you don't expect to receive a miniscule portion on a huge plate with no sides (the menu doesn't warn you that nothing comes with the fairly expensive Mains. Bread was only brought at the end of the meal after asking and waiting 15 minutes. Not a long time, but since the portions were so small dinner didn't take very long to finish. Tuna Loin was well prepared but the roast lamb was a disapointment. A few fatty scraps in a dish. For 1100 RMB for 2 people, one shouldn't be leaving feeling hungry --This place can be a winner but they need to deliver on the expectations created by the atmosphere of the building.
Let's talk first about first impressions. The atmosphere, the space: pure romance. Great service helps, too. So do good wine and small food portions (this is not the place to come stuff your face with a hearty meal). The watermelon martini tastes like what an alcohol-infused watermelon would taste like, in liquid form. Not sure it's even on the menu but no matter, try it if you like watermelon. What I am less of a fan of is the molecular gastronomy I tried on my second visit and that el Patio seems to be experimenting with, currently on a one-night-a-month basis. Personally it's just not for me. The alcohol/drink ones were amazing -- loved the nitro mojito! But the actual food ones fell flat. (A lowlight was a dish that featured a bed of dark chocolate power, topped with various mushrooms and truffles, distinctly cold duck pâté, two noticeably warm quail legs, tomato foam and maybe a couple other things that I can't remember.) I hear that there's been sizable reception to this more adventurous cooking (they report a 50 percent booking already for next month's event), however, so if you're into molecular gastronomy, you might just have a ball.
Beautiful decor, nice date atmosphere. The food is sometimes too adventurous if you're looking for traditional Catalan food. But some dishes I really enjoyed were their smoked salmon (with actual smoke!) and a sausage and pea soup with a beautiful slice of blood sausage.
lovely atmosphere, delicious food, and great cocktails
Beautiful space and amazing watermelon martinis at the bar.
Had dinner with some friends Saturday and had a lovely time. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to much of this place after reading the reviews on CW but surprisingly the food was excellent ! We shared a few tapas and loved them all, we ordered the ham croquettes, egg with potato purée and truffle(delicious !), the foie gras and apple sorbet, the tenderloin with foie gras, the tuna, patatas bravas and the squid (maybe the less interesting). As a main we had the sea bass, the lamb chops and the suckling pig, this one was absolutely excellent, crispy skin with and tender melting meat served with a side of potato gratin. The lamb and sea bass was very good as well but the portion of fish was a little too small. For desert we shared the chocolate truffle, the white chocolate with the yoghurt mousse both excellent, only the coconut mousse was blend.
The service was efficient and warm and the decor cozy and intimate.
After dinner, we had a drink on their 3rd floor where there is a nice terrace for the sunny days.
I would definitely recommend this place and will go back for some more tapas !
Good service but food really tasteless and not really fresh, paella is ridiculous overprice 228 rmb for paella for 2 person with squid,2 whole prawns overcooked,8 pieces clams and 2 frozen mussels..I really feel kitchen need big improvement ,I will no return there ...
My husband and I ate dinner here the other night--we chose the octopus, cod, and egg tapas as well as the seafood paella. I can honestly say we were disappointed in every single dish we received. The fish dishes were all very fishy tasting and the "paella" was far from what it should be--fishy in flavor and small for $238RMB. I would never go again.. overpriced and we left hungry
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Total reviews: 10
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Situated in a beautiful three-story lanehouse in the former French Concession, El Patio has a great location, elegant décor and extensive terrace seating, but, at this point, it is still lacking in the food department.
We started off with patatas bravas (¥48), a bowl of crispy potato chunks wading in a pool of mildly spicy chili oil and smothered by a mountain of mayonnaise. It’s a heavy dish perfect for mayonnaise lovers. But the goat cheese salad with honey vinaigrette and nuts (¥78) went back to the kitchen after one bite. Despite a well-balanced combination of goat cheese and nuts, it’s unbearably sweet and sticky.
The Spanish omelette (¥52) didn’t fare much better–it was lacking in both flavor and texture. It looked like a few pieces of potato had been accidentally cooked into a greasy omelette.
The ham croquettes (¥52) came in a group of four deep-fried, bite-sized nuggets that had a crispy crust on the outside and creamy potato filling on the inside. While the ham taste was present, we had trouble locating any actual pieces of meat in the croquettes. Our favorite dish of the night was the egg with truffle and potato cream (¥68). The perfectly poached egg sits on a smooth, garlicky, creamy potato throne and wears a crown of fragrant truffle oil.
Overall, though, this was a disappointing meal that only redeemed itself with two bottles of the refreshing, affordable house white wine (¥160). Given the ownership’s good work with the now-deceased Bonito, the comfy chairs and the well-priced wine might make it worth a visit, but it’s still very much a work in progress.
OUR RATING: 2/5
Reviewed in August, 2012
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