Ronchamp screams America. From the country music playing to the sports on the TV, the new bar may be able to claim the “most white” award on Yongkang Lu’s expat bar street scene. A newcomer to the block, they have been reeling in customers with low cost drinks, happy hour deals, and bribes of free cocktails with burger purchases.
Decor and service
The space in Ronchamp is a definite draw for those hoping to have space to sit and relax with friends. Unlike some of the other spots on Yongkang’s bar road, the space here is cavernous, allowing diners and drinkers to remain in the confines of the three walls of Ronchamp while partaking in their cocktails and dinner options. Leather bound bar stools stand tall next to a massive bar, TVs play sports on the other side of the space, and the back is filled with high tables for customers to sit at.
Although the restaurant bar didn’t have the bustle of some of the other places on the street, it definitely had a nice atmosphere and a more relaxed vibe. The waiters were attentive and ready to answer questions in both English and Chinese. This seems to be a good place to go to tip back a draft beer after a long day of work or watch a game with some buddies on a Wednesday night after far too many hours in front of a computer at the office.
Nothing special to report on the drinks front, but for those looking for their favorite standard “go to” drink, they will most likely have it on their menu. Beers range from 25-30RMB, with the Belgian Waterloo blond beer going for 25RMB, and a Heineken and German Koenig Pilsen Draft beer costing 25RMB a piece. Cocktails go for 35-45RMB. While they have some interesting names – salty dog, melon ball, black russian and white russian (wouldn’t want to be racist in our cocktail options) – they also have the standards of gin and tonic, rum and coke, bloody mary, and cosmopolitans. Apple martinis go for 40RMB and a banana daiquiri will cost you 40RMB as well.
As for food selections, Ronchamp offers some other American staple dishes with soups, salads, burgers, pasta, and pizza. Some of the highlights include the Ronchamp hamburger (58RMB), Spaghetti Bolognese (58RMB), pork chop (68RMB), and Hawaii pizza (49RMB small/68RMB large). For those with a sweet tooth, they also offer up a delicious chocolate cake for 30RMB.
For those looking for an authentic China experience, this is definitely not the place to go. But if you need to kick back and take a breather and enjoy some America time over a pint and a burger, then hit up Ronchamp. With plenty of comfy chairs and a long bar with all their drink selections in full view, this place creates a nice ambiance for those needing an hour to unwind with a bunch of other expats. And take advantage of their happy hours and deals – all drinks buy one, get one free until 8pm and deals like order one hamburger, get one free cocktail – as the prices at Ronchamp are a steal on this sometimes overpriced bar street.
By Charlotte Evans
75 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Xuhui district. (徐汇区永康路75号, 近襄阳路).
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Charlotte Evans is a contributor to Shanghaiist’s Food Section.
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