Address: 20 Dong Hu Road, Near Huai Hai Road /東湖路20號, 近淮海路
Tel: 5404 5757
Hours: 11:00am-3:00pm, 6:00-9:00pm (closed on Sunday)
Price: Brunch 150~200 RMB/person, Dinner 200~300 RMB/person
El Willy is a wildly popular tapas restaurant located in a 1928 Spanish colonial house in the heart of the French concession, right downstairs of the impeccable Sushi Oyama. Though I was slightly disappointed by dinner on my first visit, brunch was quite a delightful experience.
Brunch menu, changes weekly.
- Cold cauliflower soup with octopus
- Organic garden leaves with sliced duck, rhubarb jam, tarragon orange dressing
- Organic egg cooked at 65 degrees with chicken lobster roll, crispy shallots, and potato emulsion
- Mini baguette with spicy pork, basil onions and tomatoes
Asparagus creamy rice with green leaves, sun-dried tomato and Parmesan cheese.
My favorites: the cold cauliflower soup with octopus and the asparagus creamy rice – both perfect in flavor and texture. The organic egg cooked at 65 degrees wasn’t as special as expected, the salad was good but nothing to rave about, and the mini baguette was too dry. Dessert (not pictured), a chocolate shot with assorted fruits, was quite forgettable. There’s room for improvement on the food, but the overall brunch experience was actually quite nice and I will be back again.
Click here to see my 2nd brunch at El Willy, which wasn’t so pleasant at all…