Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: September 2019

By Cristina Ng, September 11, 2019

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The big news this month is the forthcoming Kin, a new Northern Thai concept on Yongkang Lu (taking over from El Luchador, which will in turn move down the street to where The Blarney Stone is now) and Dagu Lu (next door to D.O.C.). It comes courtesy of some Shanghai F&B power players; Camel Hospitality Group (of The Bull & Claw, El Luchador, D.O.C. and more) have joined up with Camden Hauge (of Egg, Bird, Bitter) and Urban Thai. As they tell it, they will be “drawing on all members’ strengths to revitalize the Urban Thai concept.”


Image courtesy of Kin Urban Thai Kitchen

Autumn is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for the annual influx of new hot pot venues, and the most exciting one so far is The Way of the Dragon on the second floor of The House of Roosevelt. Think Medieval Times but Chinese, with spicy hot pot standing in for turkey legs and Sichuan mask shows rather than jousting.

Image by Cristina Ng/GIPHY

The owners behind Ifuku and Ifuku Isaribi have just launched a lunch-friendly bento place called DoDonPa on the first floor of One Museum Place. We stopped by to try eel rice bowls, beef udon, grilled chicken bowls and more.

Also coming to One Museum Place is a new version of chef Jonas Noel’s Oxalis. It turns out that the Ifuku bosses were so impressed with his cooking when the venue was open at The Waterhouse that the reopening is now under their umbrella.


Image by Cristina Ng/That's

Serial restaurateur and Tex-Mex aficionado Ken Walker departed La Mesa in Julu Lu’s More Than Eat complex last month. As he tells it, his local partners pushed him out. 


Image by Cristina Ng/That's

In landlord issues, Yunnan restaurant Jin Hua has been kicked out of their Shaanxi Nan Lu space and casual Brazilian bar and eatery Barraco is for sale.


Image by Betty Richardson/That's

We were biking down Maoming Lu the other day and nearly stopped traffic when we caught a glimpse of a sign reading Oji in our peripheral vision. Before the closing of Zhang Court, this charming Japanese speakeasy inside El Ocho was one of our faves. 


Memories of the original Oji. Image by Betty Richardson/That's

While there are no plans to resurrect El Ocho, our cocktail columnist just announced the “flaccid” opening of the bigger, better Logan’s Punch on Wuding Lu. 


Image by Cristina Ng/That's

While visiting Punch, we saw hoarding across the street for forthcoming cocktail bar Perch. As we mentioned a few months ago, this project is from some of The Rooster folks.

If you’ve heard of KOR Taipei, you’ll be excited for the elegant super lounge’s upcoming debut in Wheelock Square near Jing’an Temple. Cocktails are Asian-inspired (think bubble tea and guava fizz), and the music format is hip-hop forward. All-day tapas will be from Michelin-starred culinary mastermind Andre Chiang with additional food from Shanghai-based Jenson Pei (Opposite).

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Image courtesy of KOR Taipei

The Howard Johnson Hotel on Fengyang Lu just got a new resident called Curfew (see photo above). The cocktail bar has bar snacks from neighboring JR Recipe and a drink program from barman Brian Lu (formerly Woo Taipei and Mary Magnate). On a recent visit, we enjoyed the fish house punch, raspberry bramble and penicillin cocktails. 

In the world of bottle shops, we bid adieu to the OG Beer Lady and the Beer Plus at People’s Square. Stepping into that void, Beer Qi on Changping Lu is the beer distributor’s first brick and mortar.

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Image courtesy of Boxing Cat Brewery x CitiGO Hotel

Speaking of beer, Boxing Cat Brewery opened a new branch in mid-August on Wuning Lu in collaboration with the CitiGO Hotel, in addition to their recent Xintiandi opening.

[Cover image image via tricycle.org]


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

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