The road has been rocky recently at the ground floor of The Waterhouse. Last year, the boutique hotel on the sleepy South Bund waterfront opened contemporary French concept Oxalis to replace Table No 1. Oxalis lasted just short of a year before closing abruptly this winter, and now from its ashes comes Waterhouse Restaurant and Rooftop. Pol Garcia (La Marjula, formerly El Patio) has designed a menu loosely themed around the Mediterranean, leaning heavily on Spanish and Italian influences – beetroot gnocchi dressed with black pudding sauce, pine nuts and bacon; Iberico ham croquettes; pistachio hummus with smoked aubergine. It’s a kitchen-only changeup, with few to no tweaks to the space’s polished industrial aesthetic, the lovely courtyard setting or the rooftop’s stunning views up The Bund.
By Cat Nelson