Cellar To Table is a Mediterranean bistro and wine bar housed within a villa at 20 Donghu Lu. It’s one of the more prominent new openings in Shanghai, and I highly recommend it.
About Cellar To Table
It’s from the people behind Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen, a respected European restaurant at Bund 22, one that’s temporarily closed pending renovations. Chef Francisco Araya is leading the charge, serving refined Mediterranean bites and traditional French entrées.
As for the wine selection, it is exceptional and remarkably affordable due to the prowess of proprietor Phillipe Huser. His knowledge and undying love of wine (and wine import company Bund Fine Wines) make it possible for wines by the glass from ¥40 (some poured from magnums) and bottles that start from ¥300.
There are more than 400 labels to choose from. Not a wine expert? Just ask for a recommendation.
The space is small, but it has great personality. The patio might be cold for the season, but a temporary tent has been erected to make use of the outdoor space. There’s also a private room on the second floor that seats 12-14 people.
On The Menu: The Food
Highlights include escargot drenched in a glossy dark sauce, a classic duck confit with perfectly crisped skin served with buttery mash, a juicy josper-fired whole chicken, and a steak frites that rivals ones served at other perennial French bistros in Shanghai.
There’s also a dry-aged pigeon on the menu that is so popular you need to call to pre-book it.
Blackboard specials include some excellent steaks to go with the wine.
In Summary: Highly Recommended
Cellar To Table is one of the stronger new openings of late. They’re a seasoned team, and the food and wine selection is good—and I highly recommend checking it out.
Favorites: Squash blossom, escargot, roast chicken, steak frites, duck confit, tarte au chocolat, and sangria dessert.
Cellar To Table is still in soft opening. Plans to open for lunch in 2021.
Cellar To Table
Address: 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu 东湖路20号, 近淮海中路
Hours: Daily, 6pm-1am, closed Tuesdays