Jean-Georges Goes To Market
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is a chef who needs little introduction. His acclaimed restaurants span the globe, his reputation as a businessman is stellar, and he’s already an enduring presence in the Shanghai culinary scene, having opened his eponymous fine diner back in 2006. Needless to say, his deft mastery of French cuisine has ensured he is no stranger to making headlines, but as of this February he has been on the front page for a different reason – thanks to the opening his first ever Italian concept eatery, Mercato.
In an industrial-meets-rustic space designed by award-winner interiors firm Neri&Hu (Waterhouse, Table No.1) on Shanghai’s picturesque Bund, the maestro offers his take on crowd-pleasing Mediterranean favourites against a canvas of salvaged wood, exposed bulb lighting, dramatic bay windows with city skyline views, and a scene-setting open kitchen. Kingfish carpaccio, chargrilled octopus and wood-oven roasted, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus begin an accessible yet refined menu that is punctuated by standout wood-fired pizzas (crushed tomato and garlic, spicy pork sausage), house-made pasta (rigatoni and meatballs, lobster ravioli), roasted red snapper and blue mussels, grilled beef striploin and suckling pig confit. Diners can choose al la carte dishes or from a slew of tasting menus ranging in price from just RMB400-600. World-class quality at purse-friendly prices. Market fresh!