Mexo at the Bund
Although modern Mexican cuisine has fast gained traction in sister city Hong Kong in recent months, Shanghai has only recently welcomed its first proper Mexican fine diner, boasting two floors and a swank, Bund-side address to boot. Located in the new Wharf 1846 (the waterfront section of the Cool Docks project), Mexo at the Bund offers a colourful and creative take on Mexican fare, where chef Eduardo Gomez (previously Mi Terra, and Nobu Mexico City) dishes up classic staples at lunch hour, and a more inventive menu once the sun sets.
If the space – fitted with checkered floors, yellow walls, tufted velvet booths and Dia de los Muertos portraits – is anything to go by, Mexo’s menu is a lesson in restrained whimsy. Think appetisers like soft shell crab taquitos with jalapeno and traditional huarache (soft masa) with chorizo, beans, avocado and pico de gallo, while mains see slow-cooked pork ‘manchamantel’ with dried fruit, banana leaf-steamed lamb shank with chickpea, and fusion dishes like the crispy Cantonese-style roasted duck breast served with chocolate-chilli mole sauce. Dessert calls for sugary treats like Horchata Tapioca and the ‘Pina Colada’ with rum ice cream and pineapple panna cotta – and though the latter admittedly leans more towards the tropics than Mexico, it’s still definitely worth a trip south of the border. Provecho!