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.
I have been to this place 4 times in just a few weeks and this does not happen often!
They have a very interesting concept: simple but creative French food with a zest of south east Asia (the fish tartare and urchin with Thai basil and others is just WONDERFUL!)
The atmosphere is nice, like a little French Brasserie, all the food is fresh and home made (boudin blanc...) Moreover, price are really fair, including wine,which is extremely rare in Shanghai especially for French food...
The only downsides: very noisy (too low ceiling in the main room...) and the service is a bit too simple
Great choice of oyster to be eaten at the "bar" with a glass of white wine...
I enjoyed here the freshest oysters which couldnt be found in anyother restaurants, the view is so spectacular and the Blackmore's tenderloin was melt-in-mouth. Service was charming I guess that' why they named CHAR.
You know, Jean, you were so welcoming, so accommodating, to begin with. I forgave you the fact that you forgot several drinks for our party, Jean, because you were so eager to please. It's rare to find a waitress with such a cheerful personality. So that's fine, Jean.
However, I did feel it necessary to bring a flask of hot water, whiskey, lemon and honey with me, as I was giving several speeches for our end-of-year party, and sadly, Jean, one can't rely on bars to accommodate such a request - especially the right mix of ingredients to soothe the sore throat. So Jean, I took it upon myself to bring something I knew you could not furnish me with, at no loss to you.
I mean, let's face it, Jean: there were fourteen of us, with an average check of 250RMB per person. I'm no mathemagician, but that seems like a goodly amount of money. And yet, you felt it necessary to threaten me with a 200RMB service charge for taking a few pulls of what amounted to liquid throat medicine, really, Jean? Was it worth it? I mean, I had three mimosas, a main course, a beer and a side dish, and you begrudged me settling my throat? Truly?
Was it worth it, Jean?
Because I may have arrived with a half-full canteen, but I also arrived with a full wallet and left with an empty wallet - and a still mostly-full canteen. Was it worth it, Jean?
Now, as a result, I am going to be sure that my team will NEVER return to your establishment, ever. In fact, I don't need to impress this upon them, Jean, as they have already stated clearly "We're never going back there. What a dick move. We spent a fortune, they should be giving US stuff for free."
So was it worth it, Jean? That little rush of power to the head? Was it really worth it?
Because not only are my guys not returning, we also plan to tell everyone we meet to avoid Abbey Road. And heck, I might even bring it up in conversation when it's not even relevant to what's being said.
And you know what, Jean?
It'll be worth it.
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