Umberto Bombana, the “White Truffle King” is the chef to thank for this terrifying italian restaurant. After Hong-Kong’s 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo (a Fellini movie’s name) – a three Michelin stars, the Chef decided to open its twin restaurant here in Shanghai, in the new high-end Rockbund complex (right across the Peninsula Hotel).
First we headed to the bar, which quickly gives you the impression of entering a secret and well-hidden place. There is no cocktails list so the bartender basically will be keen to concoct you a customized cocktail.
The atmosphere is cosy and intimate, there is no noise; almost having the impression of being the only one savoring the food, making you lose track of time and stay late… (or maybe you just never want to leave this place and wait so you can order more dishes)
Now let’s be serious and talk about the food, which is almost impossible to do with words. You will have to try if you want to understand. The food is exquisite from the starters to the desserts, could not have enough. And on top of all, it was the Truffle weekend for my greatest pleasure. So U. Bombana, himself, came to prepare the truffle dish.
As for the dessert, the Millefeuille was one of the most delicate and delicious I have ever tasted.
All in all, it was a total feast and my mouth is already watering by the simple thought of going there again…Please take me back!
6-7/F, 169 Yuanminguan lu, near Beijing Lu 上海市黄浦区圆明园路协进大楼
Tel : 021-60872890