[Shanghai] Ochobo 千代保怀石料理
Ochobo 千代保怀石料理 | Dianping
Address: 东湖路20号2楼 – Level 2, 20 Donghu Lu (徐汇区 Xuhui District)
Date visited: 2014.08 for dinner
Price: RMB¥580 set menu per person
Will return: Yes
I have finally completed the trifecta of restaurants in this building that includes Ochobo, Sushi Oyama, and el Efante (1)(2). Ochobo serves a RMB¥580 kaiseki set that changes monthly. Unlike Sushi Oyama, which serves mostly sushi complemented by cooked dishes, Ochobo serves mostly grilled and tempura dishes with a dabble of raw fish. There were one or two what-is-this dishes but overall satisfying. While I tend to like sets with more sushi than cooked dishes, Ochobo was a well-rounded meal that I would come back for again.
Please note this was the menu and price from August 2014 and that subsequent meals may vary from what is shown below.
Yam and lotus chips while two girls waited for our guy friend to show up. Tardy for the party.
Sake, of course.
Sea urchin and vegetable soup
Grilled conger eel with a slight sweetness and char and tender Spanish pork.
Sashimi basket for three with clam, hamachi (yellowtail), ebi (shrimp), and toro (tuna).
Conger eel with tofu
I actually thought this was egg custard before I had a bite. Then it turned out to be tofu but was weirdly mushy and overcooked texture.
The next course came in a box for each of us.
Fig sake jelly, red conch, mentaiko egg roll.
I made this in between courses like a proper Asian.
My one moment of dissatisfaction during this meal was at this time. The menu said tempura uni (sea urchin) but we got tempura crab instead. I watched other guests get the same crab so it was everyone and not just us. Ochobo definitely had uni tonight since it was in the first course; maybe they did not have enough to make this. Still, just really anticlimactic to substitute uni with crab–I think toro is more of a viable substitute.
Tempura scallop vegetables ball
This tempura green onion tuna roll is genius.
For the main course, there was a choice of wagyu beef with loofah and snapper or grilled tuna chin.
Choice 1: melt-in-your-mouth wagyu beef with loofah and snapper
Choice 2: grilled tuna neck
Conger grilled eel rice with a sweet glaze and tad of pleasant ginger fragrance.
Mochi ice cream and red bean panna cotta
The mocha skin was rather thick and I don’t like mocha anyway. The red bean panna cotta was good.