The Nest has just launched a new seasonal menu that pays tribute to the mighty mushroom. It’s a praiseworthy collection of dishes that spotlights mushrooms sourced from Yunnan. Here’s what you should be eating this season.

About The Nest

The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

If you haven’t heard of The Nest, it’s Shanghai’s first/original gastrolounge. It opened in 2014 to much fanfare, serving up a Nordic-inspired menu, vodka-based drinks and more, and oysters by the hundreds. It has been a Bund-side fixture ever since. It tends to draw a dinner crowd that stays through the night, ending it with plenty of drinks.

The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

It’s located at Rockbund, one street away from the Bund, and is operated by the MUSE Group (The Cannery, Highline, and RYE&CO) in collaboration with Grey Goose.

The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Mad About Mushrooms

The mushroom menu “From The Forest Floor” has been months in the making, and it is their intent to show the diversity of these delicious locally produced ceps. While it’s just launched, it’s available for a limited time only—until September 30.

Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Mushrooms include the exotic matsutake (yes, these grow in China, too!), porcini, hen of the woods, truffles (obviously), and chanterelles. There’s even a “Nordic Hotpot” that comes with an assortment of seasonal mushrooms and wagyu. Most of the mushrooms are sourced from Yunnan, a province that produces some of the tastiest toadstools in China.

Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

If you’re a fan of mushrooms, or even like mushrooms just a little bit, I highly recommend trying these new dishes, especially the hen of the woods, hotpot, and the orzo.

Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Forest Floor in a Tart (¥98) – Tarts with mixed seasonal mushrooms, truffle custard, mushroom mayonnaise, and crisped enoki. It may appear modest, but this two-bite pie packs in tons of flavor from earthy to sweet.
Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
The Mushroom and The Deer (¥148) – Venison short loin carpaccio with matsutake three ways (matsutake vinegar, barbecued, and raw) with garlic aioli and Scandinavian spiced salt.

Mind you, matsutakes are rare and pricey because they are only harvested once a year, and are very sensitive to weather. They’re uniquely aromatic and are considered a delicacy.

Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Morels & Snails, Forest Floor Friends (¥98) – Morels, shimeiji, and snails pickled in sherry vinegar and olive oil, served with sourdough toast and soy caramelized butter. It’s light and appetizing.
Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Porcini Pate (¥118) – Porcini mushroom and duck liver pate with sherry jelly, served with rye toast. Do yourself a favor and do a generous spread of the pate on the bread. Great appetizer, but also excellent bar snack.
Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Chanterelle Smørrebrød (¥188) – Pan-seared chanterelles with peppery micro herbs, poached egg, Oscetra caviar, chanterelle aioli and powder, and toasted sour cream bread. An excellent combination to highlight these meaty chanterelles.
Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Hen of the Woods (¥68) – Hen of the woods mushrooms grilled and brushed with foie gras butter, dusted with lemon zest and fermented garlic. An epic umami bomb. Also, best value dish from the mushroom menu.
Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Nordic Hotpot (¥458) – An assortment of seasonal mushrooms and wagyu, served with a mushroom and beef bone consommé. I mean, c’mon. What’s not to enjoy? On the board are black porcinis, ceps, blue caps, black tiger paw mushrooms, enoki wrapped with M7 Uruguayan chuck, Chilean tenderloin, and seasonal vegetables. It also comes with a house shitake soy dip.
Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
The consommé is an elixir of pure umami and delight. Don’t you dare waste a single drop.
Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Truffle Orzo Pasta (¥98) – Orzo cooked in a three-cheese sauce with truffles and porcini, finely diced parsley, and mushroom crumble. Dense, rich, and creamy. It’s comforting and ultimately satisfying.
Seasonal menu featuring mushrooms from Yunnan, China at The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
White Truffle & Black Caviar (¥188) — This one is mostly to fan the flames of wanghong stardom. Savory white truffle ice cream with a massive quenelle of caviar. Obviously, it tastes good, but ordering it is up to your discretion.

To compliment the mushroom menu, The Nest has also created some tasty libations to pair, including two special cocktails, The Love Tap (¥108) and Viking Queen Martini (¥98). The Less Is More Decideret Cider and sakes also makes for great pairings.

Other New Dishes

The Nest also has other new non-mushroom dishes on the menu. A must-order is the Icelandic toothfish with clam stew.

The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Oysters Decadence Double Shot (¥158) – Freshly shucked oysters with sea urchin, fermented blue berry juice, a touch of Grey Goose vodka, creme fraiche foam.
The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
2 Ways of Beef Tongue (¥268) – 24-hour slow-cooked beef tongue with house-smoked beef tongue ham, potato vichyssoise, courgettes, and watercress.
The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
The Beets of Summer (¥98) – Ash-baked baby beetroot, whipped clotted cream, candied walnuts, sorrel leaves, homemade passion fruit vinegar.
The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Icelandic Toothfish (¥588) – Seared Icelandic toothfish, cockle and vodka bouillabaisse, sour cream, seared with smorrebrod duo of Icelandic shrimp and salmon roe with creme fraiche.
The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
A hearty bouillabaisse with fresh clams.
The Nest, a popular restaurant and bar on The Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Poured over a thick cut pan-seared toothfish.

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The Nest
Address: 6/F, 130 Beijing Dong Lu, near Huqiu Lu 北京东路130号中实大厦6楼, 近虎丘路
Tel: 63087669
Hours: Mon-Thu, 5:30pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, 5:30pm-1am; Sun, 11am-11pm