[Shanghai] el Willy
el Willy | www.el-willy.com | Dianping
Address: 中山东二路22号5楼 – 5/F, 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu inside Bund 22 (黄浦区 Huangpu District)
Date visited: 2013.05
Total bill: RMB¥397 for two people
Will return: Definitely
el Willy is a Spanish tapas restaurant located along the Bund (Puxi side). I would tell you to look for the building with a Chinese flag but every single building on the Bund has at least one Chinese flag on the roof. Across the street is the Huangpu River and a view of the Pudong skyline. You can walk along the Bund like a tourist after dinner.
My friend and I got a total of four tapas (plus one complimentary bruschetta each). We were both content with the amount we ate but definitely could have eaten a few more tapas to be completely satisfied. The portions are very small so you should be prepared to order a lot of tapas or eat a large lunch beforehand. The food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent.
el Willy is located at Bund 22:
View across the street from el Willy:
Good but basic tomato-based topping on soft toast.
Explosive Balik salmon with sour cream and truffle honey (RMB¥88)
“Explosive” seemed to be a common theme on the menu where they basically inject some form of cream into a hard cracker pillow. I suppose the explosion is the point when you bite into the pillow and the cream gushes out. This concept didn’t really click until I bit into it and said explosion happened. It was a surprising and pleasant effect. The truffle oil had a weird aftertaste but it wasn’t a deal breaker.
Cross section purely for illustration. You should consume each piece in one bite!
Seared foie gras on explosive air pillows, spicy tomato, basil and popcorn powder (RMB¥92)
I was very disappointed by this. The foie gras wasn’t prepared well and lacked the oomph that good foie gras has. The menu description said spicy tomato but I think there may have been a substitution of candied fruit or something that was way too sweet that did not taste like it belonged in the dish.
Beef cheek cooked 5 hours with banana and passion fruit (RMB¥75)
The beef cheek was cooked tender and balanced with a sweet glaze. The banana paired really well with the beef. Really delicious. We couldn’t really taste any passion fruit though.
Marrow bone with mushrooms and mustard on toast (RMB¥72)
Recommend: must get
This piece of bone was huge. There was so much marrow and it was so fatty and tasty. The toast was hard and I personally would have preferred softer bread. Definitely our favorite of the night! Even better than the marrow on toast I had at 22 Ships.