Le Saleya [Shanghai]

Where Did the Thirsty Pig Go?
We were looking for a French restaurant and I hate to say it. . . it looks as if I settled on Le Saleya. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of trying to find and make reservations for a restaurant on a late Saturday afternoon for that evening. All the usual suspects were fully booked. I wasn’t really surprised. . .since I should have known better. Le Saleya had been mentioned in a conversation I had months ago, but I had never thought about going. But I was pleasantly surprised.

When we arrived at the restaurant, we walked into a dark courtyard. Looks like it would be a festive place when the weather is better, thus making a mental note. As we walked in, we found a loud and unapologetically happy crowd. Its as if we stepped into a friend’s home. The homey interior gives a warm and inviting feel. It just makes you feel comfortable – which is great when its your first time to a restaurant.

What Did the Thirsty Pig Eat?
For our starters we got the Moules (babasses) gratintes – Gratinated Mussels for 88 RMB and the Camembert au miel cuit au four – Baked Camembert Cheese with Honey 88 RMB. The Mussels were big and juicy and not overly salty. The baked camembert was also nice. But I kept thinking it was processed cheese, being the shape looked like it was just unwrapped and warmed up. Regardless – I liked the cheese to Laughing Cow cheese, since it has the same texture.

For our mains, we shared the Lapin Saute a la moutarde – Stew Rabbit with mustard sauce for 168 RMB and the La piece de boeuf grille (200g) dépend a votre serveur- Grilled piece of Beef (200g) ask your waiter for 168 RMB. My friend, Miss Y, expertly with surgeon precision separated the meat for the little bones from the rabbit. It was like a show with her fast skill. The beef, served as medium rare, was tender and juicy – just the way I like it. I enjoyed the beef more than the rabbit.

Last Words
I enjoyed the dining experience at Le Saleya. I would like to return again in the spring for a nice weekend lunch.

What to Order: Beef and Mussels
What not to Order: Rabbit (but if you like the work – to separate the little bones from the meat – by all means, order it)

2 Pigs
Price Range 2 $/¥/NT

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Le Saleya
570 Changle Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu
+86 21 5403 6957

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