Located on Xianyang Lu near famous expat pub street Yongkang Lu is a new restaurant daring to to fill Shanghai’s stacked noodle void. Enter House of Lasagna, a place devoted to the much beloved Western favorite that is cheesy, saucy, calorie-laden, and above all comforting. For the most part, it hits the mark.
Saying the venue is small is an understatement, it’s practically microscopic. We completely understand that competition is tight for storefront space in Shanghai so for a new venture trying to get their bearings, it’s passable. Seven two person tables line one wall, adjacent to a sliding glass door that serves as the entrance. Just beyond the tables is the bar area and behind that the kitchen.
On to the real reason for this review… how was the food? The menu set up is traditional: apps, mains, desserts, and one section labeled “Choices?” (question mark included). Some of them are vaguely Italian like the Caesar Salad (35RMB), the Garlic Bread (15RMB for 5 pieces), and the Spinach-Artichoke Dip (35RMB) while the other two are random American stand-bys like Clam Chowder (40RMB) and baked potato with all the trimmings(40RMB). The Spinach-Artichoke was very good, nicely pureed and rife with garlic and cheese but the garlic bread was slightly on the crusty side
Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Garlic Bread
Mains entail lasagnas: seven types in either a tray (75-90RMB) or family-style format (140-170RMB), from traditional beef béchamel (white sauce), to the less traditional yet still Italian Carbonara or Pesto, to the crazy Curry Seafood Lasagna. ‘The Choices?’ section included Pork Belly & Mashed Potatoes (80RMB), Mac & Cheese (65RMB), and Beef Brisket Stew (75RMB) in case you were still hungry after a tray or two of lasagna. We tried the Ground Beef Lasagna and the Carbonara. The former was decent, not too runny or stiff with enough sauce and cheese. The only slightly off-putting thing was that it was freaking sweet. We realize that some sugar is necessary to tomato sauce to balance the acidity but this was bordering on dessert. The Carbonara was much tastier, rich with egg and parmesan and bacon. Lots of bacon.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience that served good food in large portions. Other than the one or two mishaps that are bound to happen in a place serving traditional Italian food in Shanghai, everything was tasty. And lasagna in Shanghai is too rare a breed to pass up. It’s worth checking out.
House of Lasagna: 174 Xiangyang Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu (襄阳南路174号, 近复兴中路).Tel: 021-5424-9590. Hours: 11am-11pm dailyt. Closest Metro: South Shaanxi Road, lines 1/10.
By Noelle Albert
Noelle Albert is a contributor for the Shanghaiist Food desk. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates to [email protected]!
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