Shanghai | Table No.1 by Jason Atherton
Table No. 1 is another restaurant of Jason Atherton besides The Commune Social (食社) in Shanghai, which focuses on modern European cuisine. It's the first project from Jason Atherton after he split from nine years with Ramsay's restaurant group. Table No.1 housed in a boutique hotel in The Cool Docks on the South Bund, The Waterhouse.The interior décor was designed by Neri&Hu, which won the Best Designing Award 2011 by Travel & Leisure. The stylish rustic design with broken tiles, exposed bricks, and rough edge creates a very simple but relax ambiance.
Last Visit: August.04.2015 (Lunch)
Address: The Waterhouse Hotel,The Cool Docks, 1/F, 1-3 Maojiayuan Lu (near Zhongshan Nan Lu)
Hours: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm, daily
The menu uses brown kraft and newsprint paper throughout the collateral system which fits the design of the restaurant very well. The dishes encourage social interaction by sharing portions, menu is devided into Snack Plates, Small Plates, Meat & Fish Plates, Vegetable, and Dessert Plates. Lunch Sets starts CNY 188+ with 3 courses is a very good deal, all the dishes are from a la carte menu. Besides that, chef's tasting menu and a la carte is also available.
The tomato salad is a very refreshing and healthy starter. Used different kinds of tomato with different textures and flavors, side with whipped feta to enhanced its refreshing and clean flavors. Tomato chutney brought some strong sour flavor.
The siganture tuna tartar is a dish shouldn't be missed at Table No.1. It is a bit different from what i had last time here, it is now decomposed. The chopped tuna itself was very fresh and umami, the crispy puffs and chips added more texture as well as the creamy avocado; while the sesame and scallions enhances its flavor well.
Foie gras was very nicely seared, not too oil, yet very smooth and high in flavor. Duck ham on the side was also very flavorful and paired well with the foie gra. The corn binili, which is a Russian pancake (firmer than the regular ones), makes it sounds like a brunch dish, it balanced well with the rich foie gras. One thing to complain about the dish was the strawberry jam, i feel it seems and tastes quite cheap, probably not homemade if i am not wrong.
For the dessert, i picked the lightest one - white chocolate mousse. I doubt whether it would be refreshing as it was made of white chocolate, the pretty and refreshing presentation gives a very nice first impression. The white chocolate mousse was smooth and unexpectedly not too sweet, the sourness of grapefrut, yuzu sorbet, kumquat and orange jelly balanced very well with the creamy mousse.
Although nowadays there are much more new restaurants opening up in Shanghai, i still belive the old and good ones are safer choices such as Table No.1. The staffs were friendly and serve food efficiently on average, while some new comers should do better. Compare to its sister restaurant in Shanghai, i personally prefer The Commune Social for the food.