Ok, so my first time to Mercato didn’t go as planned. I know everyone can have a bad day but I was hurt and I wanted to seek VENGEANCE!! So I went back!….actually…ok…it was Thursday and my husband got home early and I hadn’t made dinner and we were craving pizza.
We went a little easier on the ordering this time. We started with Char-Grilled Octopus, Warm Potato Salad with Green Olives RMB 98. I really liked the smokiness of the grilled octopus and it made for a perfect bite when combined with the tender potato and salty green olive.
And then a simple Tomato, Basil and Fresh Mozzarella RMB 88. I think the tomato basil combo is one of my favorites. It’s always good.
And then also an Entree: Panko Crusted Eggplant Parmesan, Tangy Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella RMB 118. Wow was this delicious!!! Eggplant can easily become too oily or soggy. This dish….Perfectly crispy. Perfectly sauced.
Life is short. Why skip dessert? Plus, it was ‘Thursday and my husband got home early and I hadn’t made dinner and we were craving pizza’ (see above). This is a Bittersweet Chocolate Budino with Salted Caramel Powder RMB 58. Just as good as the butterscotch budino at Pizzeria Mozza, a fantastic italian spot in Los Angeles.
Watch out Matto! I don’t know if I will have reason to cross the river for great Italian anymore. Mercato has definitely changed my view of reserving the bund as a special occasion dining destination. I like this place, whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, or an impromptu cocktail hour or date night spot. Mercato isn’t stuffy. It’s a more casual dining experience than Jean Georges on the 4th floor but still feels upscale.
I recently read an interview with Jean Georges on Mercato. He mentions they have a uni pasta! What?! Crazytown! I have to go back and try it before it’s off the menu. Until we meet again Jean Georges…until we meet again.
Mercato | Three on the Bund, 6/F, 17 Guangdong Lu Shanghai China | +86 021 6321 9922