November 2021 – It’s Shanghai



This month brings us new Italian, new cocktails, new Thai, new cocktails, new Brazilian, new cocktails, new French, new cocktails and… more burgers.

It’s the holiday season, so just take advantage of the holiday weight and double yourself up with some new restaurant visits. You have about six months before swimwear season starts again. That means… bring those sweatpants.


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First of all, there is Rome Kangding Lu, brought by the gregarious Giampaolo de Santis (Zozzo, Porcellino). He is living his dream of opening a relaxed Italian hangout in the neighborhood, as well as a alimentari supermarket – a versatile mini-shop where everything is made from scratch.

Industrial chic decor, reasonably priced wine, on-the-go deli toppings, and delicious homemade pasta are just what this neighborhood craved.

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On the Italian front too, Bistro Bella Vita, an upscale fine-dining haunt on Tianping Lu with a focus on the classics. Led by the chef Andrea Botti, it’s more chic (read: more expensive) than some of the other new openings. There is also a sunny patio for those clear and cool days.

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Dreamer on Wuding Lu (which is part of the BIBIM Group – the same owners of Barbaric, Bites and Infusions, Bandit, Hot Chick, etc.) has just opened, and it’s just as whimsical as the other places in this central restaurant.

The multi-level complex also has a wonderful outdoor patio (which we plan to take full advantage of as soon as the sun shines again) as well as a courtyard pool.

Yes, you read that right. The verdict is still issued if we can ever swim in said pool, but our fingers are crossed. The menu is a western fusion with lots of grilled Japanese Robata protein.

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After being temporarily closed for over a year, Liquid, on the 6th floor of W Shanghai, the Bund, reopened in mid-November. In true W mode, it’s wild, with reflective lighting, great views, an immersive 360-degree bar experience, and a menu that reveals hidden drinks via blue lights.

Expect rotating performances every weekend, with singers, dancers, live bands and artists of all kinds to keep you entertained between sips.

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Second location of Thai Urban Kin will open smoothly in mid-December on Kangding Lu, near Yanping Lu. The menu will start very similar to Yongkang Lu, but will expand soon.

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Speaking of second locations, Azabuya, our personal favorite for all things matcha, is opening another location on Wulumuqi, just south of the Lady with avocado.

Expect at least three different kinds of matcha ice cream, as well as cakes, cookies, and matcha drinks, as well as other savory Japanese dishes like ramen, rice bowls, and boxes. to bento.

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Good things come in threes, and our third second location worth mentioning is El Divino, at the corner of Changle Lu and Fumin Lu.

This authentic upscale Thai restaurant, owned by Jean-Claude Terdjemane (previously at The peninsula) and Thai chef Nui Ratchaphibun, brings together flavors from all over Thailand in individual servings and to share, as well as breakfasts.

Our favorites so far are Tom Yum Soup – arguably the best interpretation Shanghai has to offer – and Green Curry, but we’re already making our second (and third) revisit to try more.

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Latin American tradition, culture, rhythm and flavors represent BoCa, a new place Wuding Lu that combines the first letters of the capitals of Bogotá (Colombia) and Caracas (Venezuela) to obtain the cuisine it serves.

With a focus on arepas, there are over 20 flavors to choose from, as well as an extensive menu of options that are both meat-friendly and veggie-friendly. From restaurant to bar, on Fridays and Saturdays, BoCa will have live Latin DJs and dancing.

Pierogi Ladies on Jiaozhou Lu were renamed Jar bar, a cocktail bar with Eastern European cuisine. Although they reduce the variety of pierogies on the menu, this is only to make room for more Polish dishes. Considering the name, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of things in jars – like pickles of all kinds and the drinks themselves.

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The first of many to come, Palm bread, a bakery supported by Joël Robuchon has just opened in the new Ruihong Tiandi Sun Palace shopping complex, a shopping center that just opened in October in Hongkou. Enjoy your favorite croissants, pies, muffins, cakes, breads and pies, without having to hike to the Bund.

Funkadeli gets a long-awaited menu upgrade starting in December, with pizza popups by Andrew Moo and Dan Li of Yaya combining delicious and unpredictable flavor combinations on a puffed pizza dough.

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Brazilian latino steakhouse opens its 5th branch, this time in In the city in Minhang, with a premium menu and more meat options.

Mix320, a new event space, F&B hangout and art venue that opened in October in Changning District has a laundromat, new restaurants, beer bars, cocktail bars and performance areas. We are very excited that the range of craft beer bars is opening there, including Birroteca di Postwave and 702 Infusion (from Guiyang) among others.

Craft beer brand Shanghai love is also embarking on the taprooms game with the opening of its restaurant and lounge in Fengsheng Li, where white castle was. Expect craft beer and cocktails on tap, as well as wine, to accompany modern Asian fusion cuisine designed by a consultant chef Michael janczewski (previously from Cantonal nightclub).

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As for drinks too, Tacolicious co-owners Logan brouse and Thijs Oomens has just launched its brand of ready-to-drink cocktails, 3rd Sun. These 7% pre-bottled drinks come in three flavors – Paloma, G&T and Moscow Mule – and are designed to bridge the gap between hard seltzer and mixologist cocktails. We can’t wait to see more of these pre-mixed drinks in town.

Black Star Pastry, creator of Strawberry Watermelon Cake – claimed to be the most Instagrammed cake in the world – will soon be opening its first store outside of Australia, and it will be on Yuyuan Lu. Because if there’s one thing Shanghai needs, it’s more food to photograph.

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Five guys opened its second location at Raffles City Changning. Expect long lines and fatty, stacked burgers as usual.

Oh and Shake Shack opens in IAPM shopping center. Almost double digits in terms of number of stores in Shanghai now, and helping to push our pant size, belt size, and all double digit sizes with that.

This month saw an unexpected shutdown of Red box, the place that took over The apartment in September, after only a month. It has already closed and is now something called Fig. What is that? We’ll let you know if it hasn’t closed by next month.


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