The Pelikan is the tropical themed Nordic restaurant, the latest addition to the family of restaurants concocted by Mr.Wills. Like all his other restaurants, the Pelikan carries the same cozy and colorful atmosphere with a semi-open kitchen.
Today, we sampled the chefs menu (RMB 286/person). We figured this menu will be a great way to have variety and taste our way around Nordic cuisine. It’s a bit embarssing to admit, the only other “Nordic” culinary experience is twice a year trip to Ikea for the Swedish meatballs.
Course 1: Shrimp tartar with shrimp broth
The texture of the shrimp is very soft, unlike beef tartar, and the flavors are very light. It reminds me of the seafoody or meat jelly served at hotel buffets. Not sure if I like it, or if I am just acclimatizing to the taste.
Course 2: fried squid with greens and cream dressing
The squid is delicately fried, but not overly done. The cream dressing ties everything together, it’s appetizing to the eyes and also the palette. Taste is still light and the squid is not overpowering the previous dish flavors.
Course 3: Baked Cod with browned butter sauce
Cod prepared with baked apples, horseradish and leek in a cream sauce. The dish has a slightly sweet taste natural flavors of the cod to come out. Hard to resist and you will naturally find yourself wanting to finish the rest of the sauce.
Course 4: Pork Belly with crispy apples, mushrooms and browned butter.
Course 5: slow braised beef cheek with trumpet mushrooms
Course 6: Strawberry shortcake with white chocolate mousse
If there is a heaven, it has entered my belly. It’s not very sweet, light like a Panna Cotta and the perfect dish to end.
Scandanavians must have amazing metabolism because there is so much cream and butter in everything!
Taste: mostly on the bland side, unsure if this is true Nordic cuisine or, an interpretation of Nordic cuisine.
Ambience: Cozy, warm and perfect for a date.
Recommend friends: Yes
Price: RMB350 (chef menu plus a drink)