[Shanghai] El Bodegon
El Bodegon | Dianping
Address: 常熟路83号4楼 – Level 4 (same building as Fortune Cookie), 83 Changshu Lu (静安区 Jing’an District)
Date visited: 2014.08 for dinner
Price: RMB¥150-200 per person
Will return: Yes
Please note this was an invited tasting
I was sad for a second when Ceviche closed until I found out a a second later that its owners had opened up another Peruvian shop by the name of El Bodegon. A few dishes from Ceviche make an appearance on the El Bodegon menu so Ceviche fans should pay El Bodegon a visit. Great place for casual drinks, savories, and (especially) sweets with friends.
Pisco sour (RMB¥50) Demonio de los Andes pisco with key limes, egg white, sugar, Angostura bitters. Tuesday nights are buy one get one pisco sour!
Mango daiquiri (RMB¥45) rum with mango, lemon juice, sugar
Ceviche, a Peruvian staple, is definitely a must-get at El Bodegon. We started with a refreshingly limey ceviche el bodegon (RMB¥70) with generous chunks of diced sea bass marinated in traditional lime juice, chili, spices, and a twist of fried calamari.
Langostinos empanizados (RMB¥75) prawn lollipops covered with crispy quinoa crust, served with chili mango salsa are tasty and easy to munch on over drinks.
Aji de gallina (RMB¥85) with a mildly spicy and creamy yellow chili sauce, chicken, olives, and pecans.
More desserts than people. How roomies roll. The other literal half of our meal was dessert, which was very fitting for two sweet-toothed girls. Worth every calorie. Regret nothing.
Rich mousse de chocolate (RMB¥45) played up by sea salt and chili.
The alfajores (RMB¥30) two South American cornstarch cookies, one filled with dulce de leche and one dipped in chocolate were pieces of lip-licking goodies.
Loved the dense texture and flavor of this coconut flan (RMB¥35), a South American crème brûlée made with original recipe from the chef’s hometown.