New Shanghai Bars and Restaurants: December 2017

By Betty Richardson, December 5, 2017

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Here are all the new restaurant and bar openings we featured in our December 2017 issue.

Restaurants

Jeju Izakaya

Jeju Izakaya Shanghai

For a cynical food critic, Jeju Izakaya is a unicorn restaurant – the kind of place that crops up once every few years. Seating eight across from an open kitchen, diners are served creative but affordable Korean fusion cuisine directly by the chefs. The place is so small it doesn’t have its own bathroom, though an agreement has been reached with The Cannery restaurant next door. 

Verdict: 4.5/5

Price: RMB300-400 per person
Who’s going: Koreans and locals
Good for: dates, Korean food

Read the full review here. See listing for Jeju Izakaya.

Barbarian

Shanghai Restaurant Review: Barbarian

A tavern-like entity on an otherwise 21st century stretch of Jing’an, Barbarian looks like it could moonlight as a movie set for Lord of The Rings. Rustic wooden tables populate the low-ceilinged first floor, from which chunky iron chain benches hang. Up one floor and a leafy, wooden-clad roof terrace awaits. You might be envisioning the horrors or a Renaissance-themed eatery, but Barbarian has a strange sort of charm to it, like you’ve stumbled into Bilbo Baggins’ homely local pub. 

Verdict: 3.5/5

Price: RMB60-200 per person
Who’s going: locals and expats
Good for: casual dates

Read the full review here. See listing for Barbarian.

The Beach House

Beach House Shanghai

Large-format concepts are a tried and tested template for the Lost Heaven group. They’ve acquired fame, loyal regulars and the occasional copycat with their eponymous Yunnanese restaurants, Lost Bakery and Coconut Paradise

The Beach House is the group’s first gastrolounge, an enormous place that looks like what might happen if Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren eloped and made a new life together in a Tommy Bahama store. WASPY in a way that's unusual for Shanghai, we almost expect Martha might jump out from behind a banana leaf plant and ask if we could take our shoes off lest we soil the rug.

Verdict: 3.5/5

Price: RMB250-350 per person
Who’s going: mixed crowd of locals and expats
Good for: groups, casual dining, cocktails, seafood

Read the full review here. See listing for The Beach House.

Bars

Barraco

Shanghai Bar Review: Barraco

The changing of the seasons comes all too quickly in Shanghai. After a blazing 40-degree summer, a beautifully temperate but brief fall transitions to the bitterness of winter. It’s a pity that Barraco has opened after the weather has turned, because this is exactly the kind of bar we could have used this summer. This tiny Brazilian-run spot, named after the shanty town structures that characterize the outskirts of cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, has a semi-al fresco front patio complete with mini palms, beach chairs, pebbles, and whimsical swings for barstools that later proved near-lethal for one of our companions.  

Read the full review here. See listing for Barraco.


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