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[Shanghai] The Commune Social

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The Commune Social

Add: 511 Jiangning Road, near Kangding Road / 江宁路511号, 近康定路
Tel: 6047 7638
Hours: [lunch] Tue-Fri 12-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 12-3pm [dinner] Tue-Sat 6-10:30pm (closed on Mondays)
Price: [lunch] 178-258 RMB/set [dinner] 200-300 RMB/person
Website: www.communesocial.com
Visited: Oct 2015

Light lunch at The Commune Social, a tapas / dessert / cocktail bar by Jason Atherton. If you’ve lived in Shanghai for a while, you recognize this name – he is the chef the behind Table No. 1, one of my favorite restaurants in Shanghai years ago. His second venue in town is – again – designed by Neri & Hu, and the rustic industrial chic continues here with raw iron, reclaimed wood, unfinished concrete and exposed bricks. Lovely texture and patterns.

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There are a few distinctive spaces within The Commune Social, and the idea is to have drinks in the courtyard, some light bites at the open-kitchen Tapas Bar, then move to the Dessert Bar to see the pastry chefs at work, and finish upstairs at the Cocktail Bar. That’s a lot of movement for one meal. Since it was a nice day out, we chose the courtyard seats and were quite happy staying in one place.

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So Jason Atherton isn’t actually based in Shanghai. Heading up the kitchen here is executive chef Scott Melvin and pastry chef Kim Melvin, who have put together a nice little lunch menu from which you can choose  3 to 5 courses (178-258 RMB) to piece together your meal with. Here are our choices, starting with an excellent “scallop ceviche, crushed avocado, corn”.

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“Octopus carpaccio, bok choy, radish and picked egg”, less of a fan.

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“Grilled broccolini, asian pear, deviled duck hearts”, delicious.

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“Chilli smoked mussels, pickled shallots, aioli and watercress”, not bad.

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“Jerk chicken thigh, peas and rice”, wonderful chicken, peas a bit bland for me.

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Complimentary frozen caramel popcorn.

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“Peanut ice-cream, red fruit, salted peanut caramel”.

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“Glazed banana, miso puree, almond ice cream and yuba”.

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A pleasant meal in a pleasant space. Looking forward to coming back soon for dinner.

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October 15th, 2015 at 5:52 pm