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Some things are a must.

September 9, 2010 by admin

If you are alive and a human being then you understand these two things when it comes to dining out.

1. When you go to a restaurant in the morning, a server should be at your table ready to take your coffee order and have it on the table within 5 minutes of you sitting down.  Period.

2. When you go to a restaurant in the evening, a server should be at your table ready to take your wine order and have it on the table within 5 minutes of you sitting down.  Period.

So imagine my mood (swinging violently) when I went to a new wine cellar/bar/restaurant and it took 12 minutes to get two glasses of wine and that was after they took our order and brought one glass of the wrong wine.  Okay, so they have some bugs to work out and it wasn’t such a great first impression but I would still return for a second punishment because it’s such a lovely space and it’s filled with amazing wine.  It’s on the Bund and the building is called the Roosevelt House, as the Roosevelt family purchased the building and brought in partners to renovate and develop this stunning old building that once housed a british trading company (opium too no less).  You can skip the bistro on the first floor as I believe Ken’s exact words were, “if I owned this place I would kill myself” and head straight to the second floor to the Wine Cellar.  The entire floor houses bottle after bottle of lovely champagnes and wines from every part of the world and at every price range.  You can just come and pick out bottles to take home, sip a glass at the bar or sit down for some serious tasting and munching.   Let’s just hope they get their service issues worked out quickly or someone with lots of time on their hands will be writing them a letter.

From the front windows of the cellar there is a perfect view of the river and the Pearl tower.  This was taken out in front of the building and I believe I captured a UFO or the planet Mars in the right hand corner.


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