Green & Safe
Add: 6 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu / 东平路6号, 近衡山路
Tel: 5465 1288
Hours: [1st floor] 8am~10pm [2nd floor] 5:30~11:30pm
Price: [drinks] 25~60 RMB [desserts] 10~28 RMB [food] 15~78 RMB
Visited on: 2012-08
Just opened earlier this month, Green & Safe is a deli, grocery store, and restaurant rolled into one, occupying the space on Dongping Lu that used to be Paul. It is owned by the same Taiwanese folks behind Qimin Organic Hot Pot and runs with an organic, sustainable philosophy. Let’s start with the deli, which offers a lovely selection of sandwiches, pasta, salads, and desserts.
From the left to right: pink berry lemonade (raspberry, blueberry, lemon, mint), homemade organic yogurt with seasonal fruit, tropical paradise (organic plum vinegar, tomato, fleur de sel). All 28 RMB, all good.
Sous-vide roast beef sandwich (58 RMB). Stole a bite of this off my friend, very tender and nicely flavored. Also available with just the roast beef (55 RMB).
Jing Hua ham carbonara (58 RMB) made with free-range egg and organic IRIS spaghetti. Texture and flavor both satisfying.
We then went on to sample (too many) desserts, starting with this Valrhona chocolate cake (28 RMB). It was quite light and fluffy – definitely not your typical dense, rich chocolate cake – and also had a layer of tangy blueberry jam sandwiched in between.
The two tarts - lemon tart (20 RMB) and blueberry tart (28 RMB) – both had really soft tart shells, which I didn’t particularly enjoy.
Chocolate chip cookie (10 RMB), fine.
Morning glory muffin (18 RMB), fine.
Now, the grocery store. Green & Safe sources all of its seasonal produce and meats from its farm near Kunshan, and even though I don’t cook much at home, the vegetables and fruits certainly look very enticing.
A small (but soon to be expanded) selection of packaged organic products.
Venture upstairs to find more tables and a fuller menu with both Western and Asian-influenced dishes, plus an organic wine list. Only open for dinner.
From what I tasted, Green & Safe does a great job with its savory dishes, but might need to put in some extra work on their desserts. The space itself is bright and airy, making it an ideal choice for lunch for those working in the area. I’d be interested in trying the restaurant upstairs as well, except I’m leaving Shanghai…in a week!