House 198 is how a cafe should be. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye and palate, serving inspired dishes and brewing up good coffee and cocktails while maintaining an air of cool sophistication. Not a hint of cheesy theme or gimmick in sight. Our kind of place.
Set up on the already happening Jinxian Lu off of Shaanxi Nan Lu, House 198 needs no time to adjust. The place has that “it” factor that makes establishments instantly appealing and comfortable. The dark wood floors and tables accentuate the contemporary modern art lining the walls, and are most definitely the highlight of the place. There are two floors and plenty of space to sit and read or surf the internet while enjoying some food and drink.
The menu holds some surprising and interesting options to choose from. They have solid coffee drinks like Caramel Macchiato (56RMB) – even alcoholic options like Peach or Cointreau Lattes (42RMB). There are also cocktails, beer, and specials like butterbeer (45RMB) which is a must try. The food is varied and unique with items like Chicken and Tartare Sauce (55RMB), Ox Tongue (78RMB), and Baked Duck Curry Rice (68RMB). The dessert selection was equally scrumptious, our favorite being the Pumpkin Tart (30RMB) made with Japanese Kabocha. The Mille-Feuille or Napoleon is also a good choice.
I recommend bring a group of friends and making an afternoon of it. Trying everything on the menu will be tempting so check it out.
House 198 – 198, Jinxian Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu, Jingan district, (馆子 静安区进贤路198号, 近陕西南路). Tel: 0(21)-5280-8261. Hours: 11am-midnight daily. Closest metro stop: Shaanxi Nan Lu, line 1, 10
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By Noelle Albert
Noelle Albert is a contributor for the Shanghaiist Food desk. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates to [email protected]!