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Weiliu 味留

Add: B1/F,158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu
Tel: 6333 5117
Hours: 5~11pm (closed on Sun)
Price: from 1280 RMB
Visited: Apr 2017

Found 158 might be widely known as the “new Yongkang Lu” with its collection of expat-centric bars and restaurants, but the subterranean hub also houses an upscale Japanese restaurant called Weiliu. Tucked away in a quiet corner, Weiliu – opened just a few weeks before my visit – is composed of a very zen pebble garden, one main sushi bar, and a couple of spacious private rooms, all donned with silent sliding doors and minimalist decors.

永康路被整頓後,全上海的外國人似乎都跑到大同坊來了,每逢週末都擠得水洩不通。不過你知道,這裡除了有去不完的酒吧之外,其實還隱藏了一家相當高級日本料理店嗎? 我到訪時才開幕幾週的味留座落在大同坊一個安靜的角落,有個很禪的庭院,一個開放式吧台,還有幾個寬敞的包房。風格簡約,低調的外表讓人很想進去一探究進…

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The restaurant group, with three locations in Taipei already, also imported their chefs from Taiwan.  Omakase sets are priced at 1,280, 1,680, and 1,980 RMB – steep, but not uncommon among the high-end Japanese restaurant scene in Shanghai.

味留來自台灣,在台北已有三家店(咦,可是之前從來沒聽過),上海新店大部分的師父似乎也都是台灣人。Omakase 的價位是 1,280, 1,680, 和 1,980 人民幣 - 貴,但這就是上海高級日本料理的行情。

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As it was my first visit, the chef suggested that I start with the 1,280 RMB option and see how it goes. It started with Japanese oyster dressed in a light vinaigrette, accompanied by pickles and shiso flower.

由於是第一次來,料理師父建議我從 1,280 這個價位開始嘗試。首先來的是日本生蠔,搭配醃漬黃瓜和紫蘇花。

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Wild Australian abalone, braised.

野生澳洲鮑魚。

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Squid from Shimane, Japan.

島根縣花枝。

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Sturgeon.

鮫蝶魚。

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Golden eye snapper.

金目鯛。

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A selection of pretty sake cups to choose from.

可以自己選擇清酒杯。

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Bluefin tuna, Japanese amberjack.

黑鮪魚腰肉,日本鰤魚。

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Roasted golden eye snapper.

烤金目鯛。

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Matsuba crab steamed with Shaoxing wine.

松葉蟹老酒蒸。

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King crab and shiso tempura.

帝王蟹紫蘇天婦羅。

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Seared wagyu, served with house pickles (the guava was bomb).

煎和牛,佐漬菜(醃漬芭樂好吃)。

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Japanese horse mackerel.

竹莢魚。

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Mackerel.

青花魚。

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Botan shrimp, Russian caviar.

牡丹蝦,俄羅斯魚子醬。

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Hokkaido uni.

北海道赤海膽。

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Striped jack mackerel.

白甘魚。

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The nigiri sushi abruptly ended at this point, leaving me surprised and unsatisfied. Sensing that, the chef proceeded to make two more nigiri sushi for me, the first being torched flounder engawa with grated radish in sudachi ponzu sauce.

到了這裡,握壽司有點突兀地結束了,接下來似乎就是湯和水果。看到我似乎沒有滿足的表情,料理師有幫我做了兩個握壽司,首先是炙烤鮫蝶魚邊佐辣蘿蔔泥。

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Toyama white shrimp.

富山灣白蝦。

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Miso soup with crab.

蟹肉味增湯。

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A small treat from the chef: roasted Taiwanese bottarga.

招待的烤台灣烏魚子。

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Fruits to finish.

水果。

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Overall impression of Weiliu: top notch ingredients, but the handling did not seem to match – for example my uni nigiri sushi was literally falling apart on the plate before I even touched it. While I was full after the meal, the experience didn’t quite justify the price tag (especially if the last two extra nigiri sushis weren’t served). Service was polite, but the place seemed understaffed and it often took a while for requests to be fulfilled. Perhaps give Weiliu another while to smooth things out, but for now this would not be among my top choices for high-end Japanese dining in Shanghai.

對味留的總體印象是:食材很好,不過處理的手法似乎未到那個點(比如海膽壽司上來的時候幾乎已經散掉了)。雖然有吃飽,但(特別是若沒有加最後兩貫握壽司的話)沒有滿足感,有點對不起這個價格。服務態度很好,但人手似乎不夠,經常找不到人加熱茶。可能因為剛開幕還有很多需要調整的地方吧,不過目前看來味留不是一個我在上海吃日本料理的首選。

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味留

地址:巨鹿路158號B1樓, 近瑞金一路
電話:6333 5117
營業時間:5~11pm (closed on Sun)
價位:from 1280 RMB
造訪日期:Apr 2017

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