Here are all the new restaurant and bar openings we featured in our September 2017 issue.
Named after the unfathomably deep Colca Canyon in his native Peru, at 3,270 meters twice the depth of the Grand Canyon, chef and restaurateur Eduardo Vargas dives in for a deeper cut of his nation’s complex food culture at this colorful, sprawling spot on Hengshan Lu. In Colca’s kitchen is Spanish executive chef and partner Oscar Beltran, who counts experience working in the three-Michelin-star El Celler de Can Roca in Barcelona.
Price: RMB200-400 per person
Who’s going: fun-loving locals
Good for: South American food and cocktails, lively dinners, al fresco dining
In the long and storied tradition of fine dining chefs opening restaurants inside hotels, le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire takes a different approach. Rather than offering a long and expensive degustation prix fixe, the menu is strictly à la carte. There are still luxuries like a caviar and egg for nearly RMB500, but the majority of the menu is a considerable step down in price from Gagnaire’s fine dining concepts around the world, especially since you can spend upwards of EUR1,000 at his signature restaurant in Paris' Hotel Balzac.
Price: RMB500-800 per person
Who’s going: well-heeled locals and expats
Good for: hot dates, impressing guests, small groups, special occasions
With the runaway success of Charlie’s Burger, the no-holds-barred fast food indulgence temple founded by restaurateur Charles Zeng in 2015, any subsequent younger siblings would always have big pants to fill. Such is the case with The Milkshake Bar, opened just a few doors down from its big brother Charlie’s. Judging from the high-calorie menu of gently elevated comfort food, it looks like The Milkshake Bar will be growing into said pants in no time at all.
Price: RMB120-250 per person
Who’s going: mainly expats
Good for: milkshakes, burgers
With flashing lights and a vermillion-hued corrugated shop front embellished with the jubilantly dancing eponymous Sumo Cat, this new ramen shop does its level best to stick out on the otherwise quiet Julu Lu. It’s the latest installment from the Sumo Cat restaurant group from Taiwan, which also has yakiniku BBQ restaurants and sushi shops that specialize in affordable chirashi-don (sashimi rice bowls).
Price: RMB68-RMB200 per person
Who’s going: youthful Chinese otakus
Good for: the ‘Gram, fun décor, meat lovers
Fine dining is all well and good, but sometimes there are hunger pangs that only a hefty burger can quell. As chef de cuisine of Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant Tai’an Table, Jeno Racz probably knows this better at anyone. He’s the brains behind Sunny’s Burgerland, a tidy little burger joint in the heart of Jing’an. As the name suggests, it’s an upbeat spot with lots of natural light and bright, pared down, beach shack interiors. The dulcet tropical house tones of Kygo waft from the stereo like sunshine streaming through palm fronds, and local post-90s kids snap pictures of both themselves and the food.
Who’s going: young locals
Good for: lunch, burger cravings, dopamine boosts
In a city that sometimes seems more comfortable with dry-ice spewing cocktails and speakeasies than good old fashioned drinking, Duo feels like a tall glass of water. Or beer, more likely, since this is a bar dedicated to the fine sport of beer pong.
Price: RMB50-150 per person
Who’s going: American born Chinese types, young locals
Good for: groups, copious beer consumption