Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant on Changle Lu, helmed Thai chef Piyanut “Nui” Ratchaphibun. The flavors are authentic, punchy, and aromatic, and it’s all done in a polished setting. A must-try.

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About Eldivino Thai

Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Actually, Eldivino Thai has been around since 2014; Chef Nui and Jean-Claude Terdjemane (previously Peninsula Shanghai) took over in 2018. The first location at the Expo site is still thriving, but due to its location, it flew under my radar.

Centrally located on Changle Lu (around the corner from Cantina Agave and Funkadeli), is the newly opened second location of Eldivino Thai. It’s an elegant space with mostly booth seating, which can accommodate 4-6 people, and there’s a private room that seats 10-12 people.

Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Behind the menu is Chef Nui, and what’s really impressive is that she’s self-taught. She originally started her career as a project manager in hotels, running operations and managing openings. She pivoted in 2017 and founded a Thai dessert company, supplying traditional desserts to venues around Shanghai. She then took on the chef role at Eldivino Thai in 2018.

Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The Expo location also received the “Thai Select” award for three consecutive years since 2019, a mark of certification given by the Ministry of Commerce, the Royal Thai Government to restaurants in Thailand and overseas that guarantee the authentic Thai taste of Thai food and products.

What’s On The Menu

The menu at Eldivino Thai is sizeable with a slew of appetizers, creamy curries, aromatic soups, and large grill platters of meats and seafood that come with zesty dipping sauces. It’s also seafood heavy, using mostly high quality imported seafood like Icelandic halibut, Hokkaido scallops, and Thai prawns. And the sauce and curry bases are made from scratch—none of that packaged curry paste stuff.

It’s all very tasty, and certainly of a higher caliber than most Thai restaurants in Shanghai.

Here’s what to order:

Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Assorted Thai Appetizer (¥108) – Two each of shrimp spring roll, “Golden Bag”, and cheese & prawn fritter, served with a jammy plum sauce and tamarind sauce.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
The Golden Bag, a delightfully crispy purse of bouncy shrimp, is also available a la carte, ¥78 for six pieces.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Pomelo Salad with Pan-Fried Scallop (¥168) – A luxurious take on the pomelo salad. Plump Hokkaido scallops topped with Danish trout caviar atop fresh pomelo seasoned with tamarind sauce, aromatics, dried shrimp, peanuts, and kaffir lime leaf. It’s a flavor bomb.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Lemongrass Prawn Salad (¥68) – Head-on shrimp cooked to perfection with a bright citrus dressing, fresh kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Classic Tom Yum Goong Soup (¥72) – A zesty, lemongrass-forward broth with just enough spice and heat that doesn’t overpower the aromatics. Laden with seafood of scallop, prawns, and mussels, alongside mushrooms and fresh coconut meat. It’s a small portion compared to what you’ll find at other Thai restaurants, but the flavor is incomparable—it’s a rich stock, one for savoring instead of using to drown your rice.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Lobster Phad Thai (¥188 for half, ¥355 for whole lobster) – The phad thai itself is delicious. The springy noodles are slick with sour-sweet-spicy flavors, tossed with tofu, bean sprouts, and spring onion, and are traditionally served with chili powder, lime wedge, and ground peanuts on the side. Squeeze the lime over the noodles and mix all together.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
The lobster, well, is luxurious, of the finest quality, and cooked to perfection in a fruity-citrus sauce.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Yellow Curry with Beef (¥88) – This is fantastic. This velvety curry is everything I want in a curry—creamy, tender, flavorful beef, cubed potatoes, and a heady spice with medium heat. Must order.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Grilled Honey Marinated Pork Neck (¥108) served with tamarind dipping sauce. Pork neck has to be one of the most enjoyable cuts of pork (maybe after pork belly) due to its springy texture. The pork neck is marinated overnight in evaporated milk (to tenderize) with coriander, garlic, oyster sauce, and honey.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
BBQ Platter (¥355) – Pork neck, grilled Australian striploin, chicken satay and prawn cakes served with plum and tamarind sauces. Great for sharing.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Baked Halibut Fillet with Spicy Herbal Sauce (¥155) – A generous filet of halibut in a sour-spicy sauce that’s fortified with a tom yum base, fresh turmeric, fish sauce, lime, lemongrass, and galangal. One of my favorite dishes.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
It goes without saying, but you got to have rice with Thai food. Get every last drop of those curries and sauces. This is the Pandan Rice (¥40).
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Mango sticky rice (¥58) with housemade coconut ice cream.
Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
The coconut ice cream (¥32), topped with fresh coconut meat and ground peanuts, is also available a la carte.

Eldivino Thai also has a wine selection of more than 80 labels that have been selected to pair with the food. It’s not an easy task to pair wine with Thai food, and what they’re doing is a good initiative. (Flavor profiles of spicy, zesty, and sour tend to overpower wines.) Wines by the glass from ¥50, bottles from ¥250. Very approachable. That said, the restaurant turns into a wine bar at night.

Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai.

They also have Thai-inspired signature cocktails (¥88/each), Singha bottled beer (¥45) and fresh coconuts (¥45).

Eldivino Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in Shanghai.
Signature cocktails like Thai Tea Bailey’s, Mai Tai, Phuket Island Iced Tea & more.

Favorite dishes: Lemongrass Prawn Salad, Lobster Phad Thai, Yellow Curry Beef, Steamed Sea Bass Fillet.

Eldivino Thai also has a lunch set every Friday-Sunday from 11am-2:30pm; ¥128 for two courses, ¥188 for three courses.

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Eldivino Thai
Address: 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu 富民路291号, 近长乐路
*It’s actually located opposite 704 Changle Lu.
Tel: 18601780522
Hours: Mon-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sun, 11am-2:30pm; 5pm-11pm