FOOD, Food reviews, Uncategorized PIER 39 13 April 2009


Pier 39
172 Jinxian Road
Shanghai, China
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Named after the famous Pier 39 in San Francisco, Pier 39 is a tiny, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cafe tucked away on Jinxian Road. Considering it’s just a few minutes walk from our place, we decided to check it out after hearing some good reviews. It was completely packed with diners when we rocked up for lunch, so we decided to get away from the squashiness in the tiny cafe and sit upstairs on the spacious balcony.

The food took quite awhile to arrive, at least 20 mins. Totally bewildering, considering a salad takes mere minutes to put together, and the clam chowder is already cooked in a big cauldron (I would assume). I’m not a fan of inefficiency, so it was disappointing to be kept waiting with not even a hint of a “thanks for waiting” when the food finally arrived.

Gripe aside, the food really was terrific. The California Garden Salad with avocado, seasonal leaves, cherry tomatoes, egg, homemade lemon vinaigrette was exactly what we’ve been craving since we came to Shanghai – a big, fresh salad with half(!) a sliced avocado and an assortment of toppings. It came with an absolutely delicious salad dressing which was slightly sweet and tangy. This would have been great served with some hot buttered bread or garlic bread.

The Clam chowder in Sourdough bread, their signature dish, was very impressive. It’s easily as close as it gets to the real thing, though not exactly the same. The bread is a lovely light sourdough, but the outside was a little too chewy and hard to pull apart – it should have been more crisp/crusty on the outside. The soft inside was delicious though, especially soaked with the chowder. The clam chowder was rich and creamy, and tasty but not too salty. Totally filling and so divine.

Their Banana milkshake was a bit of a disappointment. It was just some banana blended into milk, so wasn’t very sweet or tasty. A far far cry from the amazing and rich banana & chocolate milkshake that we had today somewhere else, which had vanilla ice cream blended into it as well. This one by Pier 39 was just very bland and uninteresting, will definitely not get this one again.

I’d go back for their salads and clam chowders, no question. Am pretty keen to try their pasta too, but I find it hard to deviate from their luscious clam chowder 😉 They also deliver if you order more than 50?, which is brilliant!


Pier 39

The terrace upstairs

Cute clip!

California Garden Salad with avocado, seasonal leaves,
cherry tomatoes, egg, homemade lemon vinaigrette

Clam chowder in Sourdough bread

Banana milkshake

Decided to make our own Banana, mango and honey milkshakes..
they were WAY better IMHO. Hehehe!


12 Comments

  • starbucksweetie posted on April 13, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Wow, I love the look of the balcony. The clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl looks *so* filling.

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    • beverly posted on April 13, 2009 at 12:59 pm

      It was HUGE.. you don’t really want to finish the whole thing or you’d feel pretty ill afterwards!

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  • joni_to0622 posted on April 13, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I always love to sit on those huge balcony or terrace..except the view could be better 🙂 the garden salad looks really good and healthy!! 😀

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    • beverly posted on April 13, 2009 at 1:04 pm

      It was the best salad we’ve had here so far.. def going back for more!

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  • starbucksweetie posted on April 13, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Wow, I love the look of the balcony. The clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl looks *so* filling.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 13, 2009 at 12:59 pm

      It was HUGE.. you don’t really want to finish the whole thing or you’d feel pretty ill afterwards!

      Reply
  • epson posted on April 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    That clam chowder looks amazing, I am drooling just looking at it! I love just about anything in a bread bowl though!

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    • beverly posted on April 13, 2009 at 11:48 pm

      Hhaha agree, total comfort food!

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  • joni_to0622 posted on April 13, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I always love to sit on those huge balcony or terrace..except the view could be better 🙂 the garden salad looks really good and healthy!! 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 13, 2009 at 1:04 pm

      It was the best salad we’ve had here so far.. def going back for more!

      Reply
  • epson posted on April 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    That clam chowder looks amazing, I am drooling just looking at it! I love just about anything in a bread bowl though!

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    • beverly posted on April 13, 2009 at 11:48 pm

      Hhaha agree, total comfort food!

      Reply

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