Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: July 2019

By Cristina Ng, July 9, 2019

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We’ve rebounded nicely from the sudden loss of Fields by welcoming two branches of German supermarket ALDI in Jing’an and Minhang districts. Also in Minhang, Costco launches on August 27. The RMB299 membership is small price fee for access to giant bags of gummy bears, we say. 

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If you fancy corn dogs, California chain Hot Dog on a Stick just opened its first Chinese location in Crystal Galleria. Quenching coffee and donut cravings city-wide, Tim’s Coffee House continues expansion plans with their newest location on Maoming Lu. 

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We’re also getting more pastries, ice cream (Luneurs on Huashan Lu and IAPM Mall), crepes (RAC on Shaanxi Nan Lu) and coffee (Lanna in Lippo Plaza). We will not starve for carbs, because Cinnaswirl x Spread the Bagel have also joined forces on Yuyuan Lu next to Co. Cheese

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Beijing pizza chain Tube Station has made their way down south and with one location in Minhang’s Fashion Park, a delivery station on Huaihai Dong Lu and plans to take over the city’s remaining New York Style Pizza locations. 

They call this monstrous baby the 'Garbage Pail' pizza over at Tube Station. Image by Cristina Ng/That's

At the higher end (3-Michelin stars in Italy to be exact), DA VITTORIO SHANGHAI has debuted in the Bund Finance Center. We popped by for a preview and can confirm that the food is legit, especially the innovative tuna ‘spaghetti’ and paccheri pasta ‘Vittorio’-style. 

Tuna shaped like spaghetti at DA VITTORIO SHANGHAI. Image by Cristina Ng/That's

The Shanghai F&B gods gave, but they also took away. Closures this month include Nosh, Un Caffee Bar, JA Quality Eats & Bar (which used to be DOZO Izakaya), Kebabs on the Grille (Jinqiao) and Pelikan. The latter’s kitchen team is now at BOR Eatery on Anfu Lu, while Kebabs has a Thumb Plaza location in the works. 

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Now, moving on to the B side of this F&B, the summer of 2019 is full of club openings, starting with a Pudong branch of Chinese mega-chain, Space Plus. The brand launched in Chongqing in 2016, and this outpost currently sits at No. 53 on the DJ Magazine Top 100 Clubs list. The Shanghai flagship, like its predecessor, promises EDM-inclined DJs along with full bar combined with galactic-themed visuals, rotating lights and lasers. 

With slightly less fanfare, Owner Circle is a self-proclaimed urban nightclub soft-opening on July 19 at uni ELITE, which also houses The Artist (we really like their Vesper BTW) and Diner. Now that Arch is up and running, Daniel An’s focusing on Don Club, which just opened on Xiangyang Lu.

Beware the Zombie at Birds of Paradise. Image by Cristina Ng/That's

The chef/bartender pair (Yao Lu, Austin Hu) behind the highly lauded Union Trading Company have brought their latest project, Birds of Paradise, to Yanping Lu. The concept is modern tiki or “island oasis in a concrete jungle,” as Hu told DRiNK Magazine. Our initial assessment: this tropical watering hole has a breezy atmosphere, bomb okonomiyaki fries, and the zombie (pictured above) is no freaking joke.

Julie Tu (left) and David Lam (right). Image courtesy of WAWY

Wrapping this up, PR maven Julie Tu and David Lam of Haploid (see review from our sister site here) in Shenzhen, (formerly of Quinary, Hong Kong) have taken over WAWY on Wulumuqi Zhong Lu. While sticking to the coffee by day and cocktails by night, the duo promises a totally different drink menu. Mentrida has joined the fray with vermouth and tapas on Julu Lu, and the newest Boxing Cat Brewery opens in Xintiandi this month.

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