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[Shanghai] Café Dan (2)

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Café Dan

Add: 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
Hours: 10:30am-10pm
Price: 100~150 RMB/person
Website: www.idancoffee.com
Visited: Jun 2011

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.

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. 

I’ve tried Dan’s miso ramen before and was happy 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 rewarding. It must be the broth.

For sweets, we tried Dan’s special cheese cake (45 RMB) and green tea cake (45 RMB), both quite nice though not extraordinary. On the other hand, 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.

Another lovely dinner at Cafe Dan. Will be back soon.

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June 24th, 2011 at 7:24 pm