Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: July 2018

By Cristina Ng, July 6, 2018

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July brings Shanghai’s hot and humid season when just the thought of cooking strikes fear in the depths of our hearts. Luckily, there are some new restaurants eager to help us avoid that chore.  

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On the fine dining front, the Shanghai Tower outpost of Chef Eric Pras’ three Michelin-star Maison Lameloise is having an invite-only opening party on July 7. Chef Yann Klein, who has worked with the legendary Pras since 2012, will serve as executive chef. 

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Chef Jérôme Tauvron (formerly of SILEX) helms Wukang Lu’s newest addition, BLANCHE. The food promises to be innovative and unfettered by pesky boundaries from afternoon omakase to a Kung-fu-inspired wine list, for what that’s worth. 

There’s no stopping the action in Jing’an, with Breakfast Company for morning meals and High Five replacing Tribeca for casual Western fare on Wuding Lu. Little Catch is also joining the hood in Pure & Whole’s old Yanping Lu digs. 

Additionally, QV is has changed from wine bar to grocery store/ cool hang out, Alimentari & Degusteria and Pie Bird is slinging some tasty looking pies next to Favorita’s Xinzha Lu branch. 

In a surprise closing, Peruvian eatery Ekeko shut down early June after only two months of operation. Too bad, it was one of our favorite openings this year. 

With the entrance of RATIO onto Shanghai’s bar scene, you will now be able to say a robot made your drink. A pop-up location is already open in  K11 Art Mall with permanent space at People’s Square Raffles City coming soon. 

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, The Sukhothai Shanghai has enlisted Vincenzo Pagliara (formerly of wellregarded The Connaught Bar in London) as mixologist. The minimally garnished beverages are based on natural elements that incorporate elixirs made on-site at The Zuk Bar

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An old favorite, Boxing Cat (Yongfu) has reopened just in time for the World Cup showing off a quirky, new personality with illustrations throughout the space (pictured above) and it’s darn cute. 

Fresh to Fengyang Lu is an art and wine bar called La Galerie stocking cool climate wines. We are looking forward to upcoming art events and happy hours on their outdoor terrace. 

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Moving rapidly from breaking news to soft opening, Tacolicious is now serving up margaritas plus double shell tacos with classic fillings such as steak asado or East-West fusions like mapo tofu and their Sunday RMB150 free flow brunch deal sounds like tons of fun. 

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