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[SHANGHAI] Table No. 1

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Table No. 1

Address: 1-3 Maojiayuan Lu, near Zhongshan Nan Lu / 毛家園路1-3號1樓, 近中山南路
Tel: 6080 2918
Price: [Lunch] 158 RMB+15%/person, [Dinner]300~400 RMB/person

I had an instant good feeling about Table No. 1 as soon as I stepped into The Waterhouse. It’s chic in the unusual way of broken tiles, exposed bricks, and rough edges, charming especially during the evening with elusive candle lights adorning the tables. This contemporary European restaurant is ran by Jason Atherton, one of Gordon Ramsay’s protégés, and offers some very interesting dishes with intriguing texture and flavor combination. Yes, it’s got one of those menus that have you perusing for twenty minutes before deciding what to order.

Table No.1 by Jason Atherton

Interior, spare and simple

While the dinner a la carte menu is difficult to choose from (I remember perusing it for at least twenty minutes last time since too many dishes looked tempting), the lunch menu is likable and succinct: 2 appetizers, 3 mains, and 2 desserts, at 178 RMB (+15%).

Indoor seating

Outdoor seating

The first appetizer, a rabbit rillette, was topped with a satisfying layer of duck fat and encircled by a beautiful mix of pickled vegetables, gelée, and toasted walnuts. Though not as smooth and creamy as the usual rillette, what’s served here was very tender and the texture went nicely with the accompanying pieces of bread, themselves aromatic after being drizzled with olive oil and then grilled to perfection.

Rabbit rillette with pickled vegetables

Rabbit rillete close up

Rabbit rillette, served with crusty bread

The second appetizer, cabbage soup with pork belly and garlic, was creamy but not so rich as to fill you up before the main course. It came with a piece of rustic bread and Parmesan. Excellent.

Cabbage soup, pork belly, garlic

Served with bread and Parmesan

The first main course, sea bass with mussels, saffron, red peppers and black olives, was just ok. I actually couldn’t taste the saffron, but the carrot puree was quite an interesting addition to the dish. Overall not memorable.

Sea bass, mussels, saffron, red pepper and black olives

The roasted beef rump served with red wine sauce was very nicely flavored, excellent with the clove of roasted garlic, but was a little tough to chew even though it was cooked medium rare. What I liked most about this course was that it came with bowl of garlic fries and a house-made ketchup that was fresh and actually tasted like tomatoes.

Roasted beef rump, red wine sauce served with fries and salad

In red wine sauce

Garlic fries with house-made ketchup

The ice-cream and sorbet came out looking fabulous on a glass plate. Strawberry ice-cream, chocolate ice-cream, and a vanilla ice-cream pineapple sorbet swirl, each topped with a candied piece of fruit, and three accompanying sauces – peach, vanilla, and dark chocolate. All the flavors were delicious, though I was slightly disappointed that there was nothing as outlandish as the basil sorbet I last had here.

Ice-cream and sorbet

Strawberry, vanilla pineapple, chocolate

The second dessert was all about the orange. From the orange chip perched at the top to the zesty orange sorbet to the warm and fluffy orange cake to the dripping orange syrup, the dessert was bursting with the orange flavor. It was anything but uniform, however, since each component had its distinct texture, and together they made a beautifully orchestrated piece.

Orange syrup cake with orange sorbet

Fluffy, fluffy orange syrup cake

What an absolutely lovely meal. The waitstaff made lunch all the more pleasant by being smooth and attentive, clearing any empty plates and replacing utensils in a timely manner, and always carried a smile. Though Table No. 1 is somewhat out of the way for me, I don’t mind the travel when the experience is this good.

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February 5th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

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  2. […] the places that I’d like to visit are already fully booked. I was glad to find, however, that Table No. 1 – one of my favorite restaurants in Shanghai – still had open spots! Lunch it […]

  3. […] of Table No. 1. Detailed dinner review to come soon, but for now, you can read about my previous lunch 1 and lunch […]

  4. […] was once disappointed by a sea bass dish at Table No. 1 during a previous visit, so I was a bit hesitant when the waiter recommended the seared sea bass, artichoke, barigoule, […]

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