Following a 20-year stint in Spain and the recent rave success of his first venture in Hangzhou, chef Javier Yin has opened a second La Pedrera near the Bund, plating up a mix of modern and traditional Iberian food to the Shanghai smart set. Named after Gaudi’s Casa Milà, also fondly known as La Pedrera, the Catalonian influence becomes apparent when passing through the honeycomb glass entrance and into the cavernous helical space of mirrored white-washed walls and broad beams that echoes the airy courtyards of its historical counterpart.
At the florid bar studded in silvery glass mosaic and lined with bright red, yellow and blue stools, delicate tapas bites of acorn-fed jamon iberico, pan con tomate or fiery patatas bravas will whet the appetite. While heartier mains include a large pan of seafood paella generously crammed full of fresh crunchy shrimp, mussels and baby lobster, and Australian grain-fed Angus steak expertly grilled to your choosing on a stone griddle beside the table, is accompanied by a demi-glace and paprika potatoes. Sublimely indulgent desserts abound like ‘lingote de oro tres chocolates’ – a chilled slab of fudge painted to resemble a bar of gold and presented in a small wooden box. Up a dramatic flight of stairs a low-lit lounge area awaits, perfect for a post-dinner digestif of real-deal brandy imported from Jerez. Salud!