Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: November 2019

By Cristina Ng, November 1, 2019

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Pumpkin spice frenzy has just about reached its peak with Starbucks adding pumpkin spice cold brew to their PSL options. Dal Cuore is also giving their gelato a makeover for the season with pumpkin, Musang King durian, Yunnan Mandarino and riso flavors.

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Dry aged beef at Bespoke. Image by Cristina Ng/That's

Carnivores should hit up The St. Regis’s Bespoke Modern Grill & Bar or Meatopia by StoneSal, which just opened in Pudong. For Korean barbecue, Mark Klingspon (The Nest, The Cannery, Rye & Co) is behind a new free-flow Korean barbecue and ganbei joint called JUJU


The shared entrance for Nakama and Ochobo. Image by Cristina Ng/That's

Unfortunately, Nakama’s primo yakiniku cuts are moving from Taiyuan Lu to Jianguo Xi Lu. There will likely be a gap in service, and the new location doesn’t have space for Ochobo. Fingers crossed Ochobo finds a new space soon.

We recently visited the new Oxalis at One Museum Place (we like the halibut), and you can also expect the third Kun Thai to open in the same mall soon.

In café news, there’s a new branch of Peet’s behind Jing’an Temple as well as a Brut Eatery coming to Jiangning Lu soon.


Image by Elliot deBruyn/That's

Cyclo has returned to Jing’an with a new concept called Pho To Shop by Cyclo. It’s being billed as a simple menu of Cyclo best-sellers. Also expanding their reach, the second Co. Cheese and third Joe’s Pizza are both opening on the corner of Shaanxi Nan Lu and Nanchang Lu soon. Joining them is yet another Tims Coffee Shop, Hong Kong desserts, Japanese robotayaki and more. 

Northern Thai restaurant Kin has opened on Yongkang Lu. It is the first of three planned locations for the group. 

For Shanghai’s aspiring bars, this is a busy time of year. During October Holiday, the announcement of the World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 revealed that two Shanghai bars earned spots. Both owned by Shingo Gokan, Speak Low came in at number 33 while Sober Company made it to 45.


Sober Company accepting the Bar Team award at last year's DMBA. Image courtesy of DRiNK Magazine

Awards season continues with the DRiNK Magazine Bar Awards 2019 on December 9. Invitations to vote have already been sent out. Oha Group, Birds of Paradise, Up Shanghai, Beer Lady and Ars & Delecto are just a few Shanghai nominees vying for recognition.


Eddy Yang presiding at his now-shuttered Tailor Bar. Image by Emily Wetski/That's 

Fever-Tree Brand Ambassador and erstwhile proprietor of Tailor Bar, Eddy Yang has been laying low planning his next move. After six months, he’s finally announced a venture called Chameleon. You can expect it to change radically every six months, including decorations and menu, hence the name. Yang promises some signature drinks will stick around though. 

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Image courtesy of Don Club

On Xiangyang Lu, Daniel An’s Don Club had its grand opening party in mid-October. Nearby, construction has commenced for Geo Valdivieso’s new concept, Broken Dagger. Watch this space for more details. Over on Fumin Lu, Funkadeli is working on new eatery Italo – opening date TBC.

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

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