Around the corner from well-known upscale Shanghainese restaurant Yuan Yuan
, this dapper cafe is a hugely attractive space, with mismatched vintage furniture, raw concrete beams, reconditioned wood floors and a number of off-beat objets d’art
perched on a white-washed, soft-lit bookcase (and, of course, the now customary Mao-era propaganda poster).
Simple in the extreme, former manager of Mr Willis and Bistrow by Wagas Jason Zhong's menu, which draws on Italian staples, is small and hardly ambitious, although, from the snack list, salt and pepper squid with rocket, chilli and aioli
(28RMB) and hash browns with mozzarella (18RMB) are promising. Elsewhere there are pastas and salads from 38RMB. Drinks include all the usual coffees (cappuccino, latte and flat white all 35RMB), beer (Stella Artois 35RMB) and a list of classic cocktails, including a perfectly passable dry Martini (45RMB).