Address: No. 41, Lane 248 Taikang Lu (near Sinan Lu) / 泰康路248弄田子坊41号后门 (近思南路)
Tel: 6466 1042
Price: 100~150 RMB/person
Last weekend I took some out-of-town friends to Café Dan, one of my natural go-to spots in Shanghai. This unpretentious little cafe serves up luxurious iced latte and Japanese comfort food that rarely disappoint. See my previous post for detailed introduction and more pictures.
We started the meal off with Dan’s famous iced latte (45 RMB), made with smooth, aromatic coffee and frothy milk that still bubbles as the latte is served to the table. Note that the ice-cubes are made from coffee so that the flavor isn’t diluted as the ice melts.
Iced Latte, 45 RMB
I tried the Japanese mentaiko pasta (50 RMB) topped with slices of shiso leaves, seaweed, and shaved dried bonito. Since I love anything with mentaiko (marinated pollock roe), this dish easily satisfied.
Mentaiko Pasta, 50 RMB
I’ve tried Dan’s miso ramen before and was very pleased with the kelp-infused handmade noodles and melt-in-your-mouth pork slices that take 4 days to roast. The soy sauce ramen (78 RMB), which uses the same noodles and roast pork, was somehow not as impressive. It must be the broth.
Soy Sauce Ramen, 78 RMB
I’ve never had room for desserts at Cafe Dan before, so this time I made sure I reserved some stomach space for the sweets. We tried Dan’s special cheese cake (45 RMB) and green tea cake (45 RMB), both quite nice though not extraordinarily impressive. To my own surprise, I really enjoyed the green tea shaved ice (60 RMB), a bowl of thinly shaved ice topped with a scoop of rich, intensely flavored green tea ice-cream and a mound of sweetened adzuki beans. Perfect for the summer.
Dan’s Special Baked Cheese Cake, 45 RMB
Dan’s Special Matcha Cake, 45 RMB
Japanese Green Tea Shaved Ice, 60 RMB
Another lovely dinner at Cafe Dan. Will be back soon.
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