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Hamilton House, Shanghai

137 Fuzhou Lu
China 200001
Tel: 86 21 6321 0586's insider take:

Occupying the ground floor of a 1930s Art Deco tower, this French brasserie and bar pays homage to Shanghai's stylistic history. The subtle Deco interior—created with the help of Shanghai couturier Lu Kun—is perfectly pitched, and the entire venue, from a spring-loaded wooden entrance door with a sign saying "Treat me carefully, I am more than 70 years old" to period furnishings and a long wooden bar that morphs into the staircase banister, evokes the romance of 1930s Shanghai. The set menus at lunch are excellent value, and dinner offers refined, fusion-free European fare, such as pickled sardine fillets or grilled pigeon.

Open daily noon to 4 pm and 6 to 10:30 pm.

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