BISOU by Plump is a casual French restaurant and wine bar in Taikang Terrace, right behind Tianzifang. A beautiful space with high vaulted ceilings and a terrace, serving classic French food and wines at great value.

Nomfluence Readers get a selected drink and one oyster on the house! Keep reading.

Preface: By the way…

Ok. Let me preface this piece by saying:

Hey guys, guess what? I’m, uh, a restaurant owner?

I’m a partner in BISOU. (I do photography, writing, marketing, some food stuff with chef.) I’ll be honest—this is a new idea I’m getting used to in the sense that Nomfluence (my lifeblood) is a space dedicated to writing about other venues, so now that I’m a partner, it’s kind of crossing streams. But this new project is also something I’m really excited to be a part of, and gives me the chance to really understand both sides of the F&B business.

It’s still early days at BISOU, but I am happy with what we have to offer. It’s not perfect, but it’s got its charm!

And so, without further ado, here’s a (somewhat) objective overview of what BISOU is and has to offer.

About BISOU: French Classics & Affordable Wine

BISOU is a casual French restaurant with an adjacent wine cellar (BISOU ROUGE) and lovely terrace seating. It’s located in Taikang Terrace, behind Tianzifang.

It’s part of the Oysterlicious Group, which operates Osteria, Plump Oyster, C Pearl, Plump Garden (the rooftop garden in the same building as BISOU), and others. (I’ve worked with the group many times in the last 10 years of me being in Shanghai.)

The food is courtesy of chef/partner Rembrandt “Rembi” Van Der Laan.

Chef Rembi

Born and raised in Brittany, France, chef Rembi’s background and influences are primarily French, peppered with Italian cuisine, and he carries with him the experience of working in Michelin-starred restaurants in France, including at the Eiffel Tower and at Alain Ducasse’s 3-star Le Plaza Athénée, but most previously as group chef at La Creperie.

Private room, seats 8-10.

The collective vision is for BISOU to be a casual space serving quality wines with approachable prices, and classic French food.

Here is what’s on the menu:

The Food: What’s On The Menu

Baked Camembert (¥128) served with baked potato skins. (I had a hand in getting this on the menu!) It’s a whole camembert, scored and baked. Great to share.
Beef Tartare (¥118) – 120g of beef, lightly seasoned so you can taste that beefy flavor, garnished with fried potato strings.
Pan-Fried Foie Gras (¥108) – Caramelized apples, glazed with balsamic reduction.
Arctic Char Gravlax Salad (¥88) – House-cured Arctic Char topped with salad, herbs and goat cheese.
Foie Gras Terrine (¥98) – Served with toasted sourdough bread and a side of caramelized onions.
Oven-Baked Halibut (¥148) – 300g of halibut oven-baked and coated in a light pesto. A favorite.
Mackerel (¥98) – 200g fillet served with whole grain dijon mustard.
Beef Bavette Wagyu M6 (¥228) for 180g of steak. My go-to order. Bavette, the French term for flap steak, is the butcher’s cut.Lots of beef flavor, excellent texture. Served with butter, red wine caramelized onions and dijon mustard.
Duck “Magret” (¥138) – Duck breast cooked rosé (pink and tender) with creamy morel sauce. Crisped, scored skin, medium rare and adequetely salted, with a buttery sauce. One of my favorite dishes.
Pappardelle Truffle Pasta with Mushrooms (¥118) – Fresh pasta in a creamy truffle sauce with mushrooms.
Seafood Pasta (¥138) – Fresh pasta finished in a creamy seafood sauce, topped with prawns, abalone, and clams.
Potato Gratin Dauphinois (¥58) – I mean, c’mon. Potatoes, sliced, layered, and then baked with bechamel and cheese. Hard to not like.
Ratatouille Egg Mollet (¥58) with pesto- Another classic, with a slight twist. Side dish.
Chocolate Mousse (¥58)

As for drinks, wines by the glass start from ¥48 for house red, white, prosecco and rosé; bottles start from ¥228.

Or you’re welcome to enter the wine cellar, BISOU ROUGE, to peruse the selection and pick up a bottle.

House mixed drinks are ¥48, house cocktails ¥68 (Select Spritz, whisky sour, mojito, etc.), beer from ¥45.

Brunch & Happy Hour

There’s also Plump Garden, the rooftop garden space for brunch and daily happy hour! Brunch is every Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm-4pm. It’s ¥220 for six oysters, and unlimited roast chicken, salmon, salads, and sides. Includes one soft drink, ¥100 for six additional oysters.

Happy Hour / Apero is every day on the Plump Garden rooftop from 5-7pm. Selected drinks and bites are ¥38, plus selected bottles of wine 50% off!

Favorite dishes: Beef Tartare, Baked Camembert, Mackerel, Bavette, Duck, Truffle Pasta.

BISOU and Plump Garden are dog-friendly, indoor and outdoor!

Nomfluence Readers Deals

Complimentary selected drink and one oyster (Gillardeau No. 5) per person. Drinks include Select Spritz, house red or white wine, rosé or soft drink.

Valid until July 15, 2021, dinner only.

Click here to book your seat now!

BISOU by Plump
Address: Taikang Terrace, 2/F, 169 Jianguo Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu 建国中路169号泰康庭2楼, 近瑞金二路
Tel: 13636690315
Hours: Daily, 5pm-12am. Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm (brunch)
WeChat for Private Events & Bookings: BisouPlump21