Sponsored by Vesta Blackstone Garden
Vesta Blackstone Garden is a new brasserie located within the thriving Blackstone Apartments complex on Fuxing Zhong Lu, Shanghai. Connected to the hotel, Vesta is undisputedly the main dining destination in the restored historic square.
Vesta Blackstone Garden & The Blackstone Apartments
Vesta Blackstone Garden serves an all-day menu of tapas, rotisserie, grill and pastas. Dishes are largely western, save for a few Asian influences.
It is the swanky new version of sister restaurant Vesta Bistro, which opened in 2017 at the Jing’an Kerry Centre. The space is beautiful—the main dining room within a greenhouse with more seating facing the bar and kitchen, along with a private room and lounge. It’s also connected to the M+ Hotel.
Vesta Blackstone Garden is so named because it is located within the block that houses the Blackstone Apartments, a century-old unit built in 1924 by American missionary James Harry Blackstone.
The Blackstone Apartments were recently refurbished to include a design-forward bookstore and café with restaurants, bars, and a hotel in the adjacent buildings. The “Nice To Meet You” bookstore has become quite the popular attraction since it opened in April this year. (People still live in the apartments above, by the way.)
The Food at Vesta Blackstone Garden
Vesta Blackstone Garden is an all-day restaurant, therefore, the menu is quite sizeable. There is a wide selection of salads and small bites/appetizers, pastas and sandwiches, as well as mains that run the gamut from whole roasted chicken to seafood stews and steaks to share.
There are also lunch sets, brunch dishes for the weekend, and afternoon tea.
Highlights from the all-day menu:
For drinks, Vesta Blackstone Garden has wines from ¥58/glass, ¥268/bottle. There’s also plenty of coffee and teas, and sake and plum wine.
Happy hour is from 4-7pm every Monday to Friday — buy-one-get-one Kirin Ichiban draft (¥48/glass), and sparkling, red and white wine for ¥50 a glass.
In Summary: Good Date Spot & For Brunch
It’s good food, executed well. The ambiance makes it a good dinner date spot. Alternatively, you could make a day of it and check out the bookstore and have a meal at Vesta Blackstone Garden.
I haven’t tried brunch yet, but my gut feeling tells me it’ll be a popular spot. Brunch dishes are served on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm.
Nomfluence Readers Special
Deals below are valid from now until September 20 when you book via the link below.
- Complimentary dessert (home-made pudding) when you dine-in. Available for lunch and dinner with minimum spending of ¥200. Limited to one per table.
- Complimentary Kirin Ichiban draft beer when you dine-in. Available for lunch and dinner with the purchase of a main course dish. Limited to one per person.
Vesta Blackstone Garden
Address: 1/F, Bldg 2, 1331 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Fenyang Lu 复兴中路1331号2号楼1楼, 近汾阳路