Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: March 2019

By Cristina Ng, March 11, 2019

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While the number of hipster cafes and homegrown chains continues to grow, global players in the coffee industry continue to break into China’s scene. Perhaps one of the most anticipated, Canada’s Tim Hortons will open its first location on Huangpi Bei Lu. 

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Image courtesy Starbucks 

Not ones to sit back, Starbucks launched Starbucks Reserve Bakery Café in collaboration with Princi in Grand Gateway. Hot on their heels, Wayne’s Coffee wants to introduce us to Swedish fika (coffee break) on Nanjing Xi Lu. Should somebody tell them SMAKA beat them to the punch? 

In an unexpected twist, the Year of the Pig starts off with two new healthy eating concepts. First up from Wagas is Funk & Kale in L’Avenue out in Hongqiao, with the second location on Anfu Lu coming soon. Expect whole wheat spaghetti, beetroot and egg wraps, ‘sexy’ sukiyaki and the like. 

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Image via Hunter Gatherer

Over at Hubindao, Hunter Gatherer is getting ready to unveil their QuickCook Station within HG Open Kitchen.


Image courtesy Jin Hua

Another surprise comes courtesy of Daliah Spiegel who transformed her namesake Austrian café into a Yunnan place named Jin Hua along with Niu Yan (Pilipala, Slurp!). 


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Furthering the reach of Gallic cuisine, RAC Bar is setting up a second shop at Shaanxi Nan Lu and Xinle Lu, while Meuhst (sibling to Must Grill) has moved into Pudong’s L+ mall. 

A year after relocating to the Ruijin Intercontinental Hotel, we’re bidding adieu to Roosevelt Prime Steakhouse (again). The good news is that owner George Chen is looking for a new spot. Other closures include gourmet hot dog stand GOD, cinema and restaurant concept Cinker Pictures and Bistro by Yannick Alléno

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Image courtesy Bar Rouge

If you’ve been bored ever since Bar Rouge closed for renovations, they are back after an entire weekend of festivities on March 1-2. Alternatively, check out Suzu Bar (Japanese cocktails) on Huashan Lu, which currently tops our must-visit list. Stay tuned for a full report. 

Specializing in natural wines, No Name on Wanhangdu Lu has been laying super under the radar since their soft opening last August. The Shanghainese owner is currently studying winemaking, and he hopes to produce his own wines in the future. 

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Image courtesy Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai

A few months back, we told you that the Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai had rum bar Sugarcane in the works. That is now replaced by Bleu Bar and the focus has switched to whiskey – just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. 


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United Valley’s hip hop-focused Club DASH and Italian restaurant Mito in Found 158 have both exited stage left. The folks behind Barbarian, Mad Lab, Bites & Brews and Hot Chick have confirmed taking over the latter’s space, but they are keeping concept a secret (for now).  

[Cover image by tricycle.org]



Got a hot tip? Feel free to email all juicy rumors dining@urbanatomy.com. 

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