The potential of new Italian restaurant Bantu shone through yesterday as we spent nearly three hours enjoying lunch in this place’s spacious and well-organized confines. AH and I decided on three courses (rmb138), forgoing wine as we both had to work and instead sipping soda water (rmb15) and espresso (rmb20). We easily could have survived — and avoided a food coma — with two courses. See photos below..
It is early days yet for Robert Masili and team but given yesterday’s experience, Bantu — named for a winery on Sardinia, the island from which Masili hails and which he often pays tributes to on his menu — is poised to be nice addition to the city’s eating scene. If you seek something new to try today, the last of the Dragon Boat Festival holidays, consider giving the business lunch a go. It starts at rmb88, runs from 11:30 AM to 3 PM (Monday to Friday), and includes over twenty starter, soup, main and dessert options. Dinner hours are 6 PM to 11 PM.
Bantu is on the second floor of China View, in the former Giuseppe’s / Budapest / North 66, just down from brew pub Drei Kronen 1308.