Cotton Bar Restaurant Shanghai

Cotton bar restaurantOn a recent Saturday night I spent my first evening at Cotton’s.

It must have something to do with the fact that I’m not single that I’m still pretty much a Shanghai nightlife virgin or maybe I’m just old.

I enjoyed myself so much, thanks to the many Gin Tonics, that we decided to have brunch there the next day. The Sunday weather was sunny so the garden made for an excellent spot.

Cotton’s Food

European Classic Brunch- 65

Basket of croissants, dark bread, French bread, and toast, butter, jam, honey, Gruyère cheese, Ementaler cheese, Meat Platter and yogurt (inc. a coffee)

Cotton's gardenIt’s more than enough to satisfy you for breakfast as well as lunch. A real brunch in that sense. The bread was a little to enthusiastically toasted. The ham, salami and cheese were generous. More butter makes it even better.

Prime beefsteak - 88 Rmb

A big steak that went down well. They forgot to ask us how we wanted it, and well, we forgot to tell them. A bit more medium would have made it even better. Accompanied with French herb butter/ baked potatoes or french fries, salad

Tea - 30 Rmb - refilled with hot water

An apple cinnamon tea. Getting additional hot water is no problem.

Coffee - 20 Rmb

Served with a can of hot milk.

Ice water - Free

Nice and indeed very cold due to an abundance of ice cubes

Cotton’s Service

A mixture of expats and Chinese waiters/waitresses. Very friendly and accommodating.

Cotton’s Toilets

Cotton's toiletIt’s always the toilets. Not much wrong with it as far as cleanliness goes.

The lock on the door was broken but they promised to fix this. (I went there last night and although a week has passed the lock is still broken.

I know this is China but but my concept of privacy goes beyond blocking the door with my shoes. FIX THAT LOCK) The sitting part is not very spacious but has the upswing of a view on banana leaves. Water pressure from the tap is very light

Cotton’s Environment

An old villa, it seems I only go to old villas these days. This old French villa, dating back to the 1930’s, is nicely renovated with a great terrace surrounded by trees and flowers.

Overall impression of Cotton’s

A very nice spot for having your brunch on a sunny autumn day. Non-intruding music, good simple food and service.

Totally Spent

Time : 3 hours
Money : 223 Rmb

Cottons Shanghai Address

132 Anting Lu / Jian Guo Xi Lu, Shanghai
(right on the corner)
Tel: +86–21-64337995
Daily: 10am-late

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Disclaimer: All opinions are biased, based on non-existent food knowledge and influenced by the mood of the moment.

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One Response to “Cotton Bar Restaurant Shanghai”

  1. bradley
    November 19th, 2006 10:22

    (Sorry for the random-ness of this post)…

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