Residing in an unassuming building in the South Bund precinct, Table No. 1 is located in the edgy new hotel The Waterhouse. Nominated in the Top Contemporary Western Restaurants of the Year on local Shanghai guide ‘That’s Shanghai’, this cool new venue presents fine dining dishes in a relaxed atmosphere.
Internationally acclaimed chef Jason Atherton hails from the kitchens of Gordon Ramsay and now boasts an empire with restaurants in London, Hong Kong, Dubai, New York, Sydney (Kensington Street Social) and Shanghai. The menu at Table No 1 features a modern mix of dishes executed with great quality produce and clean flavours.
Lucky enough to enjoy their tasting menu during my six week Shanghai adventure, we started with a simple sounding Roasted corn soup with baby shrimps, which transpired to be so much more. Delivered to the table as a bowl of crab meat ¥68 (AU$14), the bright yellow soup is then poured over the dish. The sweet corn flavor was deliciously moorish and paired perfectly with the tasty crab bits.
The rabbit, tarragon, apricot pate consisted of a tightly compressed terrine, packed with rabbit meat and herbs, served alongside some lightly toasted sourdough. It was brightened with micro-herbs, shavings of radish and carrot and cute little squirts of apricot.
The Seared Icelandic Halibut ¥158 (AU$32) with coco beans and baby sorrel was a pleasantly surprising dish. With a fillet of beautifully cooked white fish sitting on a bed of creamy beans, the fish broke apart delicately and tasted deliciously flavoursome.
The eggplant mezalune, tomato confit, basil surprised us being a pasta dish of housemade ravioli filled with an enchanting mix of eggplant. The moon shaped pasta pieces sat in a rich tomato confit sauce, decorated with a selection of multi-coloured heirloom tomatoes and sprigs of basil.The side dish of Tomato & onion salad, whipped feta, tomato chutney, petit herbs ¥48 (AU$10) exceeded expectations. The quality of produce was immediately evident through this dish, with the freshness bursting from the plate. The welcome addition of amazing housemade whipped feta was ever-so creamy and moorish, whilst the dill added an aromatic element to the mix.
To finish we enjoyed the raspberry chocolate tart with white chocolate sorbet. The short-crust pastry crumbled perfectly under the rich ganache chocolate filling and the rose pink raspberry pannacotta mingling on top. The white chocolate sorbet was smooth and mouth wateringly good.
After dinner, we progressed upstairs to the rooftop bar of the Waterhouse Hotel. Looking up the Bund from one of the most Southern points, the city glistened. The roof is home to an amazing garden and outdoor space, perfect for summer evenings or lazy afternoons in the sun with cocktails. This bar is completely underrated and the quality of food at Table No.1 is very highly recommend for anyone looking for a hidden gem in Shanghai’s crown.
Table No. 1 by Jason Atherton
1-3 Maojiayuan Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Phone: +86 21 6080 2918