Shanghai has seen a Gallic gastronomic resurgence of late, and the city’s fondness for French fare shows no signs of slowing with the opening of Coquille, a seafood brasserie from the culinary team behind beloved Italian bistro Scarpetta. Sitting right next door to its Tuscan sibling, Coquille slips across the border, combining the classic flavours of southern French seafood with a smart Asian edge.
Crisp and chic with leather booth-seating and brass fixtures, Coquille boasts an open ice counter atop which perches an immaculate selection of fresh Australian oysters, Boston lobsters and Dungeness crabs, all served on salt-bedded seafood towers. Most of Mich-starred chef Anna Bautista’s à la carte menu cleverly teams traditional French fodder with Asian flavour, like the yellowtail tartare dressed with coconut, lime and crunchy puffed rice, and escargots enveloped in an aromatic red curry sauce, but purists will be pleased with Gallic givens like the rich onion soup and walnut-crusted fried frogs legs. Tables inevitably fill up fast, but without a booking you can still snap up a seat at the bar where you’ll be treated to some shellfish-prepping showmanship as the chefs set about shucking oysters and cracking crab claws. Fish forks at the ready!
29 Mengzi Lu / Huangpu / +86 21 3376 8127 / 5.30-10pm Tue-Sun