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Italian - JIMIX: SEVE
(City Weekend)
Updated: 2005-01-27 08:39

When the moon hits the sky, like a big pizze pie, that's amore...
It's sometimes strange how people's paths cross. When Shanghai resident Jimi was visiting Rome, he stopped in to eat at a little restaurant behind the famous Coliseum. He liked the food so much, upon his return to Shanghai Jimi invited the chef Seve over to see the new gourmet shop he was opening, and thus this unique collaboration was born.

Set in an old villa around the corner from Thai Gallery, this is a restaurant come shop where while dining; you can also buy all manner of blades and blenders. Out back, they have converted the disused courtyard into a relaxing patio area, which with the soon to be built bar and floor heaters, promises to be a great venue for outdoor barbeques. D¨Ścor wise, it's very much rustic meets modern, with flash yet comfy chairs and fresh yet unobtrusive lighting.

The set lunch is decent value; it's Y38 for soup of the day, a choice of margherita or marinara pizza and homemade biscuits with tea. For Y68 you also get a mix salad plus the option of spaghetti Bolognese and coffee. The seafood soup came packed full of shellfish and the bowl was heartily wiped clean with pane. The pizza base was deliciously light and crunchy, the product of that rare thing in Shanghai, a wood-fired oven.

Unfortunately, the dining experience was let down by the slow service. However, Seve was friendly to a fault and considering they have just opened, there's always going to be room for improvement. So, the next time someone asks you 'what have the Romans ever done for us?' take them to JIMIX: SEVE and show them exactly just what.

Location: 605 Beijing Xi Lu
Tel: 6253-3399

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