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Exceptionally high standard of food as Shanghai's most elite dining experiences.

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In a city famed for high-living, glamour and indulgence, it's reassuring to find a top-quality restaurant focused foremost on its honest, straightforward cooking and great wines rather than the superfluous pretensions that can sometimes be associated with haute cuisine. Although Mesa offers the same exceptionally high standard of food as Shanghai's most elite dining experiences (Australian chef Steve Baker made his name at T8 restaurant), the menu has a simple and down-to-earth approach that makes it a regular favourite with both expats and visitors, as well as with locals.

Formerly an electronics factory, Mesa retains a striking industrial feel with an unusual, eye-catching glass frontage and recycled metal and timber interior. A glassed-in kitchen, stark spiral staircase and split-levels break up the large open space while lush red velvet upholstery glows richly as natural light floods across the restaurant. Upstairs a stunning, south facing terrace looks out onto the greenery and slower¬paced living of the former French Concession area where you can relax, soak up the sun and observe the neighbouring activity around the fruit sellers and local shops below.

At the weekend, Mesa offers undoubtedly one of Shanghai's best home¬style brunches with fresh breads and pastries, full fry-ups, eggs benedict, gourmet salads and sandwiches. The friendly service and casual atmosphere make it a popular venue to enjoy a slow morning, reading the papers and watching the city's day progress outside. If you're after a refreshing, al fresco lunch or warming, winter dinner, there's a tasty variety on the menu including fresh, crisp salads, sandwich fillings, locally produced organic vegetables and a variety of seafood and meats. Signature dishes include Carpaccio of Beef with Goat Cheese Gratin, Baked Salmon with Tea Soba Noodles and Harissa Lamb Pie.

Adjoining the restaurant is Manifesto, a stylish, intimate bar lit by candles and low hanging lanterns. Inviting daybeds align one side creating a luxurious and private hideaway while the dominant three-sided bar inspires a more social setting.

The warm and informal atmosphere is ideal for sampling the innovative, delicious cocktails and tasty Western appetizers-including the Baby Burger with Dill, Pickle, Cheddar, Tomato and Mustard and Grilled Chorizo with Sherry-created by Mesa's executive chef Steve Baker. Ideal for an early evening drink and a serene location to linger late into the night Manifesto is the perfect companion to the ever-popular Mesa next door.

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