Sharing sashimi and sake with friends on the Bund
Shanghai has many good Japanese restaurants, and the Shinpaku of Three on the Bund is a worthy addition, offering quality food and excellent sake plus an amazing view of the Bund skyline.
The restaurant, inspired by the Japanese traditions of sharing and gathering, is decorated in a modern Japanese minimalism style, conveying a warm texture in a simple atmosphere.
The high-ceilinged space is actually quite cozy as a great place to share a good time with friends in a relaxed way.
Shinpaku serves classic Japanese dishes that emphasize the quality of ingredients.
The seafood is directly flown in from Japan to preserve maximum freshness — the sashimi platter featuring fish, shrimp and abalone was of great quality.
The crab meat with grilled avocado was a trendy combination — creamy avocado paired with tender crab with a hint of smokiness from the grill.
The seasoning of the dish was light, so some may prefer a little sea salt on the avocado.
The M5 Wagyu beef with Japanese rice was soft and flavorful, and the tempura, served in small portion sizes, was crispy.
The dessert, honey melon with crystal cake, cream cheese and sake jelly, was the highlight of the meal.
It was light, refreshing with just a hint of sweetness from the melon, and quite guilt-free compared to cakes and ice cream.
If you want to splurge a little, the Hokkaido crab feast is a five-course menu that includes steamed Hokkaido pine crab, char-grilled king crab leg, pine crab leg, king crab soup pot and rice in crab meat soup.
The name Shinpaku means the heart of sake specific rice in Japanese, and the restaurant’s sake list is one of the best in Shanghai. The Kikisake-shi has selected more than 130 different types of sake from different Japanese prefectures.
In the cellar, the collection ranges from the full categories of famous DASSAI to the Japanese Royal family favorites, from fresh and refreshing Namazake to ancient-style Kimoto & Yamahai.
When the sake was served, staff brought out an array of delicate glasses for guests to choose their favorite, which was a nice, fun touch to the experience.
Opening hours: 5:30pm-1am (last order)
Address: 3 Zhongshan Rd E1
Average price: 550 yuan