We spent an extended weekend in Shanghai last week and wanted to dine at one special restaurant. Mr. & Mrs. Bund is a renowned restaurant that’s won all sorts of awards and been on all kinds of lists. It unfortunately fell off of Asia’s Top 50 Restaurants in 2017, but I didn’t care- I had heard great things and I had to try it.
The owner, Paul Pairet, is a French guy who has become a household name amongst gourmets in Shanghai. His culinary empire consists of MMB, the avant-garde (and for me unaffordable) Ultraviolet, and the newly-opened gastropub Chop Chop Chop.
Mr. & Mrs. Bund is an absolutely beautiful restaurant. Although the interior and service style is rather traditional French (chandeliers, huge white doors, table-side carving service, extensive changing of silverware), the food is innovative, exciting, and fresh.
The menu offers a whopping six different course options meant to cater to each person’s preferences (do you like heavy French ingredients like foie gras, or do you prefer the chef’s carefully selected tasting menu? Want caviar on those oysters?), or you can opt for the a la carte menu. All the dishes are portioned very generously to be shared by the table, and you will leave feeling stuffed but not uncomfortable.
We chose the chef’s tasting menu which also happens to fall right in the middle of the pricing spectrum. We left the wine choices to the sommelier and were very pleased with everything on offer. If you know what you like, however, there’s a massive list of wine to choose from, creatively presented on an iPad.
It’s a splurge (around $500 for 2 people), but so, so worth it.
This is an absolutely amazing restaurant…and oh my god…those desserts.
Let’s eat Mr. & Mrs. Bund!