Parisian Neighbourhood Bistro
Of the many winding streets that make up Shanghai’s lovely, leafy, tree-lined former French Concession district, Yongkang Lu is one that stands out as an up-and-coming neighbourhood hub. Buzzing from dawn till dark with some of the city’s many new bars and restaurants (atmospheric Ginseng
bar is also here), it’s where you’ll find the tiny neighbourhood bistro Pastis – which, though not affiliated with its New York and Hong Kong namesakes, bears a close resemblance in terms of Parisian comfort menu and freely-flowing wine.
In a cosy, two-story, modern space outfitted with high-ceilings, concrete walls, wooden booths and open kitchen, daily home-style specials are scribbled on a blackboard, offering up the freshest market picks – recent dishes have included beetroot salad with goat cheese, salmon with miso and wasabi mashed potatoes, and ratatouille with seared tuna. You’ll also find many French classics on this menu – steak frites, steak tartare, and chicken supreme with mushrooms and cream, as well as classic desserts like chocolate cake a la mode to sate the sweet tooth. As the heat abates and the autumn breeze sets in, it’s the perfect time to take one of the red-and-white table-clothed sidewalk tables and soak up this little slice of oriental Paris. Bistr-Oh!