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[Shanghai] Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen

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Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen

Add: 2F South Bund 22, 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu / 上海市中山東二路22號2樓近新永安路
Tel: 6318 0057
Hours: [lunch] Tue-Fri 12-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm [dinner] 6-11pm
Price: [brunch] 238 RMB + 15%/person, drinks extra [dinner] 500 RMB/person
Visited: Oct 2010

Venue has now moved to Bund 22. This review refers to the original Jiangyin Lu location.

Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen is an elegant wine bar/restaurant located in a refurbished 4-story lane house, tucked discreetly into a narrow alley near People Square. Here, it’s all about pairing the right wine with the right food. For those who are overwhelmed by the expansive (over 700 choices) wine list, there is a thoughtfully prepared set menu with accompanying wine. Bright and airy, perfect for Sunday brunch.

Brunch at Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen (238 RMB + 15%/person) is a free-flow of delicious dishes. The brunch theme changes weekly, and on our particular visit the focus is on beef. It started with two appetizers: Brazilian Beef Tenderloin Tartar with Soy Pudding and Crispy Shallot, and Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with Parmesan, Red Wine Reduction and Baby Arugula.

Then, Braised Brisket Empanada de Pino with Chimmichuri, and Mesquite Grilled Wagyu Burger with Rougie Foie Gras and Truffled Mayonnaise. My favorite was definitely the Wagyu Burger, which was so good that I ordered a second one after finishing the main courses.

Then there was a Cumin Spiced Chuck Flap Taco with Avocado, Tomato and Lime Coriander Yogurt for seconds, followed by the below choices of mains. First, Dry Porcini Rubbed Rib Eye from the Mesquite Grill with Lemon Garlic Spinach, Pommes Alumettes and Garlic Chianti Demi-glace.

Second, Grilled Striploin with Roasted Garlic Pomme Puree, Cherry Tomato and Basil Compote, Wild Baby Arugula with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Fleur de Sel.

Desserts are always my favorite part of the meal, and the ones at Napa did not disappoint. Mango Coconut Canneloni with Lime Sorbet and Pistachio was lovely, with the rich sweetness of mango coconut canneloni balanced by a refreshingly sour lime sorbet. 

Stracciatella Ice Cream with Maple Glazed Fig and Crumbled Sable had a layered texture and flavor combination from the figs, the cream, and the crumbled sable. I ordered seconds on both of these.

Superb service, cuisine, wine, andsetting. Come in the evening for a romantic date or come by during the weekends for a lovely brunch. You will not be disappointed either way.

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October 17th, 2010 at 11:15 pm