RŌZO 芦苇 is a new casual wine bar that’s just opened on Wuding Lu in Jing’an. It’s a cozy bar with agreeably priced wines and a tasty menu of Pan-Asian inspired dishes.

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About ROZO

If you haven’t noticed, wine bars are all the rage in Shanghai. It’s supply and demand, and there’s always room for more options. Enter RŌZO 芦苇, a wine bar started by four friends whose endeavor to provide a wide selection of wines and good value for money.

ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

It’s an intimate space that seats about 60 with a bar for cocktails, a communal table, and a wine cellar.

ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The wine selection is varied, covering a range of traditional, new and old world, and organic and natural wines, all carefully selected for the cellar. That said, wines by the glass start from ¥55, bottles from ¥260. And they have a sommelier on hand at all times to help with the selection.

ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

On The Menu: Food & Drink

RŌZO 芦苇 has a small food menu of Pan-Asian inspired dishes. It’s all delicious, courtesy of consulting chef Carlos Sotomayor from Blue Plate Consulting.

Here is what to expect for food:

ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Tartare Bites (¥105) – Tartare seasoned with a hint of wasabi on a crispy potato slice, topped with caviar. A must-order.
ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Smoked Salmon Dip (¥108) – A rillette of creamy salmon, served with sourdough bread.
ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Hamachi Crudo (¥88) – Hamachi quick cured in coconut and citrus sauce topped with mango and salmon roe, served with a side of wasabi. Definitely utilize that wasabi and mix well.
ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Octopus (¥95) – A whole octopus leg that’s cooked until tender and grilled, served with black olive mayonnaise and nori chips. This is excellent.
ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Lobster Roll (¥158) – Chunks of lobster atop crab salad with dynamite sauce and Sriracha.
ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
RŌZO Foie Gras (¥92) – Foie torchon with a spicy red pepper aioli, served with herbs, lettuce, and sourdough bread. Great for sharing.
ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Okonomiyaki (¥78) – Inspired by the popular Japanese pancake, this version swaps out the potato-egg batter for roasted potatoes instead. In the bowl is slow-cooked short rib doused in Bulldog sauce topped with shaved cabbage. It’s every bit as tasty and it’s quite substantial.
ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Pineapple Carpaccio (¥48) – A refreshing palate cleanser of thinly sliced pineapple with juniper berry sauce and crushed nuts.
ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Cake in the Jar (¥55) – Chocolate cake with a thick chocolate ganache, topped with fruit and crushed pistachios.

“Voyage” Wine Pairing Set

There’s also “Voyage”, a wine pairing set for ¥150 that includes three wines to taste and three bites. This will change on a monthly basis, showcasing new wines paired with simple yet tasty bites.

ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

On this wine set, it’s three toasts topped with a creamy crab salad with cajun butter spread, biltong (cured beef) with apricot mostarda, and truffle torched brie with pickled grapes.

ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Those bites are paired with a bright white wine from Bordeaux that’s a mix of sauvignon blanc, sémillon, and sauvignon gris, a red cabernet franc from Loire Valley, and a super funky red blend of syrah, carignan, and grenache. The white was a favorite for me, followed by the cabernet franc. The last one was too funky for my liking, but my dining companion enjoyed it. If you’re into wine discovery, this is for you.

ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

In addition to wines, they have some cocktails.

ROZO is a casual wine bar and restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bloody Maria (¥65) made with tequila, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, celery salt, black pepper, and lemon juice; Basil Fizz (¥68) made with basil and pepper infused gin, lemon juice, angostura bitters and topped with soda water.

It’s a nice neighborhood wine bar with good ambience that’s more chill than the other venues along the Yanping Lu strip. It just opened, and more dishes will be added to the menu shortly.

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RŌZO 芦苇
Address: 2/F, 968 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu 武定路968号2楼, 近胶州路
Tel: 52920198
Hours: Tue-Sat, 6pm-2am