Whilst the old Vineyard that many knew and loved has changed over to Wades, the old spot has not been put down to rest, and is back under new management with a new look and concept, the Socia10 Vineyard. It's a clean refreshed look, and is almost unrecognizable from its previous form. Walls have been knocked down, lighting has been redone, and previously blocked out windows have been revealed, all to make the space feel more open and bright. It now not only feels like a great place for dinner and a night out, but is just as good for a brunch or coffee in the afternoon. Although there's a large shift in food style, they’ve held on to some elements from its old form, keeping the classic burgers and pizzas that made Vineyard so popular in the first place, but with a step up in terms of presentation and quality.
The menu overall is very international, with many Spanish specials, and dishes mostly prepared Mediterranean style. For starters we shared the Sautéed Prawns with Olive Oil (48RMB), and White Wine Boiled Seafood (98RMB). The prawns were delicious and juicy, and were combined nicely with Chorizo sausage. The seafood was also particularly tasty, and was beautiful presented in a line with the squid at the ends, and prawns, avocado and shellfish in the middle. It was prepared simply with salt, white wine, and fresh lime juice, which made it a refreshing and flavorful starter.
As for our main course we tried the Angus Sirloin Steak (198RMB), served medium rare, and the Paella with Cuttle Fish Ink (128RMB). The Paella was also nicely presented in a classic paella pan, with mixed seafood scattered on top. For the many who will go for one of their burgers, they’ve taken a more gourmet approach, and are using only Australian Angus and Wagyu beef for a more tender burger, prices are reasonable at 65-98RMB.
For drinks, they have a mostly classic range of popular cocktails and wines, we personally tried the Mint Julep (68RMB), served in a frosted metal cup, and was made just how we like it. The drinks are especially worth a try thanks to Jerry, the manager, who has had extensive experience working with fine food and drinks, previously managing a bar onboard a luxury cruise liner in Miami. The staff spoke English, and service was quick and attentive. Smoking permitted. Parking available nearby.