With superb Continental cuisine, an excellent wine selection and deft service, the fashionable M on the Bund sets the standard for other haute cuisine ... More
M on the Bund
With superb Continental cuisine, an excellent wine selection and deft service, the fashionable M on the Bund sets the standard for other haute cuisine restaurants in Shanghai. As the place to see and be seen, the much-touted eatery attracts its fair share of Shanghai's movers and shakers. Contemporary, airy and stylish decor complements sweeping views of the Bund. The food reaches equally high heights. Diners are recommended to try the Salt Crusted Leg of Lamb and the Crispy Suckling Pig. They should also leave room for dessert—the sinfully delicious pavlova is rightfully legendary.
After the foreign management left the restaurant and leaves the service to the local staff the service level drops lower as Mc Donald niveau. The local staff force you to eat and drink. It's against the restaurant rules to enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace. Mandy the manager became rude and very uninviting. The male staff is as well rude and behaves disrespectful.
I wont rush back...well, maybe for a coffee and the view.
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 7/11/09
Let's face it - the view form the deck over Pudong and the Bund is superb. The ambience is truly intercontinental and the patrons chick and trendy. I waited in anticipation for the food to match the promising surroundings.
I ordered the "suckling pig" and was not impressed. It was overcooked and the crackling had a strong metallic taste. I was also quite surprised to find a large chunk of meat on my plate with only two or three small potato chips. I would have welcomed some vegetables with my very pricey dish. The meat was dry and very bland. I had better suckling pig in pubs. This is not my idea of fine dining.
I also thought the menu and dishes thereon, was a bit heavy and bloated. The main dishes all appeared to be heavy handed French bistro type cooking. There is nothing unique on the menu to match the youthfulness and modernity of the surroundings and the patrons.
The wine list is what one would expect from a top restaurant such as "M" but also heavily priced. We settled on a bottle of Clos Malvern Merlot. Good wine, not good value.
For desert I had the Pavlova - very good, although again too big and heaving with cream. Some of the people at our table ordered the chocolate desert also well received.
I think that M is maybe riding on the crest of the beauty of the Shanghai skyline too much and I am sure that a top notch establishment such as M, can get their food and menue up to a standard to match the great view and ambience.
After a few weeks in a foreign country for the first time and being mistaken as locals (we're asian aussies who can't speak a word of chinese) consistently we found M on the Bund a wonderful reminder of the food and language spoken at home. The restaurant was filled with Westerners, food was absolutely great and the views were spectacular. Would def. reccomend this to fellow aussie travellers.
My visit this year was a disaster. Very crowed, the tables are to close to eachother therefor is no room for the waiters to move.
I give back my steak two times because it was absolutly wrong.
Perhaps this is just a incident but we have had the expierence. You better can go to Three on the Bund, named Laris. This place is much better then M.
We are spanish, so we were looking for a wonderful dining experience. We had been told this M on the bund is the best restaurant in Shanghai.
The experience was very satisfactory. The views are impressive, and the food is excellent. However I must say that the suckling pig portions very small.
The service was polite, even though the maitre told me that I was a little bit underdressed (which I must admit was true. I was wearing shorts).
Anyway, dining for around 30 € per person is a bargain. A restaurant of such category in Spain could cost you 4 or 5 times that price.
I went with my fiance to M on the Bund for our anniversary.
In short, the ambience and the service was exceptional (the view is certainly above average) but the food was mixed.
Our entrees of seared scallops and foie gras served three ways were excellent. We had the roasted lamb and crispy skin suckling pig for mains, as they were apparently the house specialties - they were so-so, the lamb was overcooked, the crispy skin of the pork was very nice but the pork itself was somewhat mushy and had a middling flavour.
We had the dessert sampler (which provides a taste of 6 or 7 different desserts) and it was adequate but not especially memorable.
Overall, I'm glad I chose this venue for the ambience as it was perfect for our anniversary, but I've eaten at better places.
As well traveled Aussies, this was our second visit and we could not but have the crispy skin pork again, however it was not quite as we remembered last time.Never the less an excellent evening and a place we recommend to our friends.
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