Shanghai Restaurant Review: Baps

By Cristina Ng, June 27, 2019

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The Place

Back in the glory days of Yongkang Lu, it was a just short drunken stumble over to Bad Boy Bangers, where you could stuff your face with British food, mostly house-made sausages. Since closing up shop in late 2017, there has been a sausage-shaped hole in the hearts of English-food aficionados the city over. That is set to change with the opening of Baps, a collaboration between former Shanghai resident Deji Odunlami and his partner Michael Fan, down in south Xuhui’s Sunny Walk Plaza.

The Food

We hate to disappoint, but if you were hoping for a full English breakfast or sausage rolls, you are out of luck. The brief bill of fare here includes four burgers, three hot dogs and a few appetizers. Still, they pack a lot of variety into such a tiny menu. For example, with each burger option, the Cumberland pork patty can be upgraded to a beef Patty for RMB10.

We kept things simple and tried the pork Breakfast Burger (RMB60). The mess is worth it when the egg breaks, releasing golden yolk through layers of sausage, bacon, tomato, lettuce and pickles on a soft, squishy bun. We confidently endorse this delicious choice for the roughest of mornings.

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Also worth a try is the Korean-inspired Gangnam Style Hot Dog (RMB45). This cylindrical cased sausage receives lashings of Sriracha (so hot right now) mayo plus kimchi and fried onion. Not bad at all. 

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Both of the above menu items can be ordered as part of lunch sets from 11am-2.30pm daily. The Gangnam Style (RMB50) and Breakfast (RMB60) Lunch Sets come with fries and choice of soft drink.  

If you like Frito pies, see their Stun Snack (RMB45). Served up in a sliced open bag of Doritos, this ‘walking taco’ loads the tortilla chips with hearty beef chili, cheese sauce, fried onions and jalapenos.

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Food Verdict: 2.5/3

The Vibe

The only thing standing between us and regular sausage festivals is the location, but the addition of Bapsto a mall that houses ice cream of the future, Dippin’ Dots, as well the highly underrated French steakhouse, Entrecôte, does make Sunny Walk Plaza much more appealing. 

Baps is adjacent to live music venue, LOFAS , making it an ideal pit stop pre- or post-show. A nine-hour happy hour from noon-9pm doesn't hurt things, either.

Vibe Verdict: 1/2

Total Verdict: 3.5/5

Price: RMB60-150 per person
Who’s going: homesick Brits, curious locals, concert goers
Good for: quick eaters, sausage cravings

[Cover image by Cristina Ng/That's]

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