Keep It Simple
Between restaurateur Davy Hin and chef Peter Gong, there lies a collective resume spanning some of Shanghai’s top French wine and diners and 5-star establishments – think Maison Pourcel, Mr. Willis, Brasserie La Fourchette and Kathleen’s 5. It seems natural then that the pair would be the solid joint force (under the Wagas group banner) behind quietly elegant new offering La Poste, which – despite its management’s pedigree – refreshingly doesn’t seek to reinvent the wheel with overly ambitious fare, but rather focuses squarely and successfully on a concise and well-executed seasonal menu of bistro-inspired plates.
Like the food, the ambience and décor are casual and pared-back, juxtaposing industrial elements like brushed concrete, exposed ceiling beams and hanging metal light fixtures, with warm flooring, Scandi-esque furniture and worn rugs. A single page menu offers a mere handful of starters and mains, most comprising no more than four main ingredients: grilled scallops, salsa verde and salmon roe; truffle, pea and asparagus risotto; grilled swordfish, leek fondue and globe artichoke; and Australian strip loin, butter, fries and leaf salad. Pair your meal with a bottle of wine from the mainly boutique name-focused list which references Argentina and Spain as well as Italy and, of course, France. Easy peasy.