Thought for Food

  • Restaurants
  • Western
  • Contemporary/Fusion
Photographs: Yang Xiaozhe
Photographs: Yang Xiaozhe
Photographs: Yang Xiaozhe
357 Jianguo Xi Road

Having been in soft opening since late last year, Thought for Food have now launched their seasonal menu from newly appointed Executive Chef Alexander Bitterling, in conjunction with a team of certified nutritionists.

The menu here is separated by size – small, main, large and sides – and all dishes include a wonderful array of fresh and organic ingredients. From the small section, the raw mackerel (108RMB) dishes up thin slices of melt-in-the-mouth fish topped with homemade pickled turnip and mizuna leaves. Served alongside is a dollop of flavoursome homemade sour cream, contributing to a starter that is light and fresh.

For something even healthier, the ‘Walk in the Garden’ (78RMB) is a vegetable lover’s delight, stacking al dente broccoli, baby carrots and radish on a slate board atop a kale spread. This verdant pile of nutrients is plentiful and certainly healthy; however we can’t help thinking that flavour-wise, this dish would benefit from a good pinch of salt.

The mains jump up in price with dishes such as grilled scallops with smoked leek, parsnip and almond milk available for 248RMB, and with vegetarian options available from 148RMB. The Robbins Island wagyu beef rump (298RMB) is a must-order. It’s on the pricier side, but is large enough to share between two people, especially if ordering sides (we recommend the juicy baked beets at 48RMB that burst with flavour). The tender but meaty Australian beef is accompanied by a rich black garlic puree and some pan-fried cabbage, and is a delight to eat.

With exceptional service and a zen atmosphere, Thought for Food is a solid go-to restaurant if you’re after carefully sourced natural and organic ingredients prepared in a healthy way.

Venue name: Thought for Food
Opening hours: 7am-10pm daily
Metro: Jiashan Lu
English address: The Living Room by Octave, 357 Jianguo Xi Road, near Tiayuan Lu, Xuhui district
Chinese address: 徐汇区建国西路357号