|11:30am - 10pm|
|Building 10, 89 Shengxing St., High-tech Zone |
|028 8616 2212|
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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)|
Vin is located in one of Chengdu’s up and coming southern neighbourhoods which, until recently, consisted mainly of construction sites, but now include the Global Centre and the new Tiexiang Temple walking street with its ponds, art galleries, tea and coffeehouses, and dessert shops. It’s a pleasant area to spend a few hours in the afternoon or evening. Vin is a tablecloth place, but the interior with its wine cellar atmosphere, heavy beams of wood, and iron light fixtures keep the place from feeling too formal. From the main dining room customers can see straight into the spotless kitchen, where executive chef Trevor Scott and his team were turning out an impressive array of dishes when MORE dropped in recently to sample the wares.
The first thing to arrive was a rich, smooth mushroom soup with just enough truffle oil to bring out the mushroom. A salad judiciously dressed with raspberry vinaigrette and garnished with duck confit made in-house was very good. Another very different take on salad had a base of crab with avocado and citrus jelly and was topped with a tuile. We enjoyed pepper-crusted, microgreen-topped, rare Ahi tuna served on a slab of Himalayan salt doing double duty as tableware and seasoning. A snowy, perfectly cooked piece of miso rubbed cod served over couscous with basil oil and tomato foam melted in our mouths. Roasted king crab leg came impressively presented over seared scallop with spinach and a tomato salsa. An adult-rated burger made from short rib and foie gras was sided with wedge fries and house-made sauce. The braised short rib cut like butter and brought back comfort food memories from the first mouthful. We appreciated the attention to detail and sense of proportion on each plate.
Vin is a worthy setting for events and celebrations with special menus for the holidays and more than ten private rooms that can accommodate gatherings of up to 20. Their North American-centric wine list is by the bottle only, and starts in the low three figures for both reds and whites, but a few selections by the glass are available on request. Their dinner menu comes in around RMB300-400 per person, lunch around RMB150.