The newest entry on Dagu Lu's renovated dining strip, the cozy French
cafe Nova continues to raise the bar for this out- of-the-way dining
The stylish interior and friendly service are a welcome find, especially when
paired with reasonable prices. Nova is particularly adept at soups, and we
recommend both the pistou provencal, a vegetable consomme topped with pesto (RMB
38) and the soupe de poissons et fruits de mer (seafood soup, RMB 45). Our beef
carpaccio (RMB 58) arrived nearly frozen, but we warmed up to the tuna en croute
(RMB 88) and our dessert moelleux au chocolat noir (RMB 48). The buy-one,
get-one-free happy hour drink specials didn't hurt either.
The menu is still being fine-tuned and expanded as the restaurant finds its
feet, but Nova is definitely worth a repeat visit.
Open time: 12nn-2am. All cards.
Location: 418 Dagu Lu, by Shimen Yi Lu
Cost for two
(excluding drinks): RMB 240