[Shanghai] Le Saleya
Le Saleya | www.saleya.com.cn | Dianping
Address: 长乐路570号(近襄阳北路) – No. 1, 570 Changle Rd near Xiangyang North Rd (徐汇区 Xuhui District)
Date visited: 2013.08 for dinner
Total bill: RMB¥810 for two people
Will return: Yes
What to get:
– Beef Filet Carpaccio
– Terrine de Foie Gras
– Baked Camembert
Update: see my second post on Le Saleya for more food recommendations!
It may be hard to believe but I am not the harshest critic of my friends. This one only rolls at restaurants that serve sparkling water and is notorious for making typically expensive meals even more expensive (we’ll call him SWG–sparkling water guy–from now on). He wears every single chain even when he’s in the house. All the better for me since I end up with a table full of yammy food. Thanks, J!
Le Saleya is a cozy French restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. I like it for its food selection and casual atmosphere.
Nicoise Salad (RMB¥58) with tuna, anchovy, egg, tomato, bell pepper, olives
Nothing wrong with this. Most salads and I just don’t go well together and I tend to like arugula-based salads more. It’s not you, it’s me.
Beef Filet Carpaccio (RMB¥68) with mustard sauce, olive oil, capers, balsamic cherry tomatoes
Quality beef; the mustard sauce went so well with it.
Terrine de Foie Gras (RMB¥98 for 100g, RMB¥198 for 200g; 100g shown) and
Cheeses Imported From France (RMB¥98 for 100g, RMB¥198 for 200g; 100g shown)
Recommend: yes to both
Tonight’s cheese selection included blue cheese, goat cheese, brie, and the last I couldn’t identify by tasting.
Love this foie gras–savory, delicate, and gelatinous (not the mushy kind)!
Baked Camembert (RMB¥68) with chestnut sweet cream
Bomb, especially with the addition of chestnut cream. Such a great combination of sweet and salty.
Sea Bass Papillote (RMB¥138) with sauce vierge and ratatouille
Recommend: yes but only if you like ratatouille (I don’t)
The sea bass is baked while wrapped in paper, which protects it from high heat and allows it to retain moisture and flavor. The sea bass was so tender and juicy. I personally don’t like ratatouille (too tomato-y) so while I liked the fish itself, this dish was not really for me but if you like ratatouille, you should get it a try.
Duck Leg Confit (RMB¥138) with black pepper sauce, roasted baby potatoes
The duck was slightly dry but the deliciously creamy sauce counteracted it.
Chocolate Fondant (RMB¥68)
This came highly recommended by Foursquare users but I didn’t like this. The chocolate flavor was a bit off from what I wanted it to be. Too semisweet.