Not So Petite… 1/3

April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Few weeks ago I met a super nice Shanghai guy called Sam. Gentle, very well spoken, and with an extremely sharp vision of how to run his business in the investment banking. What a surprise to find out, few weeks later, that this gentleman also owned four restaurants (five soon) in Shanghai! His F&B story started when he and his wife discovered Europe, its restaurants and arts. They quickly became addicted to antic shopping, buying everything from old pianos to original silver frames, armchairs, bird cages, etc… They would ship non less than five containers of them to Shanghai. Sam says it was easy to bring wood, bronze and the silver, but piano and furs were stopped at some point and wouldn’t make it to China. Furs OK but pianos?… Well, he says, apparently too many Chinese piano collectors got cheated by sellers that would buy not that old pianos in Japan, age them and sell them for a fortune to naive collectors…

Sam and his wife showed an amazing, if not unique sense of design and decorum, designing their restaurants themselves… four of them! All of them called a French name but serving more like a mediterranean choice of dishes from Roasted Beef Salad, Sea Food Pastas and Pumpkin Risottos with feta cheese.

I haven’t been to the three others but La Petite Fleur is a very charming restaurant, and it felt so not shanghai, it was so relaxing and I felt I was transported to South of France, Italy or Spain, where things goes slower than here, much slower…

几个星期前,我见到了一个超赞的上海人,他叫Sam。绅士,健谈,并且对如何运营投资银行有着极其犀利的视角。但另我惊讶的是,几周以后,他竟然告诉我他在上海拥有4家餐馆,并且第5家也开张在即。他对餐饮的兴趣从他和他妻子首次造访欧洲餐馆接触欧洲艺术开始。他们迅速的被一些奇特,独有魅力的小物所吸引而疯狂采购,其中包括古老的钢琴,原始的银橱架,扶手椅,鸟笼等等。他们每次都起码货运5箱至上海。Sam告诉我,木制,铜制和银制的物品很容易货运,但钢琴和毛制的则会在某地停留,毛制品能够随后运抵中国而钢琴则不能。是的,Sam告诉我卖家欺骗了很多中国的钢琴收藏家,他们实则从日本购买老钢琴,随后封存一段时间并出售给收藏新手,从中赚取利润。

SAM夫妇的设计独特又体面,他们自行设计了所有4家餐馆。这些餐馆都有自己的法文名字,但菜色更具有地中海特色,例如烤牛肉沙拉,海鲜意面和拌有羊乳酪的南瓜焗饭.

别的三家我目前还没有全部拜访过,但是La Petite Fleur 这是家非常棒的餐馆,并不很有上海的感觉但让人非常放松。身处其中,我仿佛感到我来到了法国南部,意大利或西班牙,这些地方的生活节奏比上海要慢许多许多。

La Petite Fleur (Shanghai, PRC)
n.25 Anfu Lu
+8621 54038247

By the same creative minds:
Le Petit Jardin
Le Petit Chateau
Le Jardin Secret

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