The latest addition on The Bund is CÉ LA VI Shanghai, a bar/club/restaurant located on the eight floor of the House of Roosevelt. (Now in soft opening.)
CÉ LA VI is a multi-city lifestyle brand acquired in 2015 by luxury goods brand LVMH, and has locations in St. Tropez, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei (opened April 2019).
Its defining formula involves an iconic rooftop location coupled with modern Asian cuisine, cocktails, and rave-worthy parties.
Inside CÉ LA VI Shanghai
Food at CÉ LA VI Shanghai
Food served is modern Asian. Executive chef Oscar Toro leads the kitchen. Joining Toro for the opening phase are two chef consultants—luminary pastry chef (and ex-CÉ LA VI corporate pastry chef) Jason Licker and CÉ LA VI Asia executive chef Brian Chan.
At first glance, the menu looks exciting—mix and match east-meets-west flavors like burrata with vegetarian XO sauce, ceviche with jicama and lemongrass, oysters with tamarind, and gochujang BBQ chicken next to a papaya salad. There’s a lot going on, and it’ll take time to fine-tune and tie it all together.
I went before soft opening, and I expect a few changes have since been implemented. Here’s what I tried:
Let’s be real. It’s the perfect destination for those looking to entertain and be entertained—the Bund view, the historical heritage building, and the ice cold champagne to go with the club’s table minimum spend.
Tourists will flock for drinks and the view, and people looking to sample the modern Asian food before a night of partying will find convenience in the restaurant’s offerings. There’s also talk about brunch.
It’s like Bar Rouge, but bigger with two terraces. It’s like M1NT, but with a bolder restaurant menu and minus the pomp of VIP membership. Since it’s new, CÉ LA VI will attract it’s own kind of clientele, but will it take customers away from the two venues mentioned above? Yep.
Will it do well? The Bund runs on bottle service. Yeah, it’ll do well.
CÉ LA VI Shanghai
Address: 8/F, House of Roosevelt, 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu 中山东一路27号8层, 近北京东路