New Menu Alert! Cages, Element Fresh and The Bull & Claw

By Sophie Steiner, September 11, 2021

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We are in that weird seasonal in between time, when it’s too early to start popping those pumpkin spice latte bottles (mugs?), but we’ve had our fill already of summer eats.

To combat the food slump, a handful of reliable institutions have recently launched new menus, some for a themed-month, some for a regionally-focused promotion and others to kick-off a new offering on certain days.

Here’s a roundup of a few of our not-to-be-missed, and check out Part I here

Cages Sunday Brunch

Just last month Cages launched their upgraded brunch buffet, essentially to offer an affordable, family-friendly alternative to hotel free flow brunches. 

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Every Sunday from 11am-2pm, RMB138 per person gets you access to a massive spread spanning brunch essentials, Asian fusion plates, baked goods, made-fresh pizza, assorted salads, sweets and fruit. Kids under 110cm eat for free and kids between 110-140cm are half off. 

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An extra RMB50 includes a BBQ platter plus four pieces of sushi (always rotating, like eel and crab salad or shrimp tempura). There are always two kinds of meats on the BBQ platter, pulling from Cages famous Thursday BBQ night menu, with selections like BBQ ribs, Wagyu hanged tenderloin, corned beef and smoked brisket. 

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The brunch offering is expansive to say the least, overflowing with plates from around the globe. There are over 30 dishes, plus sides and accompaniments, on any given Sunday.

We’re talking everything from the usual suspects – egg and cheese sandwiches, hash browns, cheesy scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, bacon and Mexican brunch burritos – to fusion stations that include a pho making setup, lemongrass chicken skewers with peanut sauce, shrimp and pork spring rolls, and sweet potato noodle japchae with kimchi

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Chef Jason Oakley has pulled out the stops with a custom-made bakery oven that pumps out fresh Danishes, croissants, biscuits (with American southern style gravy, of course) and jalapeno cheddar cornbread. The bread box is even made with wood from the old Cages squash court.

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More importantly, there is a never-ending stream of mini pizzas, pull apart cinnamon rolls slathered in cream cheese frosting and piping hot brownies that are best enjoyed smothered in chocolate soft serve ice cream, drizzled with even more chocolate sauce.

The bakery station is constantly running during brunch, offering diners new freshly baked treats with each new plate they grab. 

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There’s also a variety of pasta, chicken and veggie-based salads, yogurt parfait and dry cereals with milk. It’s breakfast comfort food overload. 

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Brunch isn’t brunch without a free flow special, and Cages wouldn’t be Cages without offering one. From 11am-2pm, free flow is just RMB88, including Prosecco, Budweiser, OG Californiacation Coffee Amber Ale, house wine, soft drinks and bottled juices.

See a listing for Cages

Element Fresh x Miss Green x Roots & Shoots Vegan Menu 

Element Fresh, in collaboration with MissGreen and Roots & Shoots just launched an exclusive plant-based menu inspired by world-famous humanitarian and environmentalist Jane Goodall's life work.

Jane Goodall also founded Roots & Shoots, a youth-led global community action in 1991, to partner with schools, educators and youth organizations that inspire and educate young people to take action and make a difference in the environmental protection, animal conservation and community service sectors. 

The menu, which features hero ingredients like wild banana flowers, green shizo and purple peanuts, launched at Element Fresh in Xintiandi on September 3, and will continue to roll out to all Element Fresh venues across China between October and November. 

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Expect to find delicious starters like honey Roasted Pumpkin with Black Hummus (RMB59) – topped with pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and falafel-like vegan meatballs made from a mix of Yunnan water chestnuts and pine nuts – and Thai Celery Salad with Vegan Crab Cakes (RMB69) – a refreshing blend of crisp celery slices, spicy red chilis and a citrus vinaigrette, sprinkled with pickled peanuts.

The crab cakes are made from a blend of more than 20 vegetables – including chestnuts, chickpeas, kungi powder and banana flower, resulting in a high protein, fiber and energy blend with a springy, seafood-like texture. 

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An alternative to a slab of steak, the Salt-Crusted Beetroot (RMB89) is rosy purple and juicy, seasoned with spices and oolong tea, and adorned with tart raspberries.

A crunchy tri-colored beet salad with hazelnuts showcases this root vegetable’s diverse uses, while more vegan meatballs add extra heft to round out the meal.

The vegan meatballs are also available for purchase through the MissGreen WeChat mini program.

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For a mini vacation to southeast Asia, the Coconut Curry Noodle Soup (RMB69) sees a blend of Yunnan-sourced wild ferns, shaved banana flower and fresh herbs encircling chewy rice noodles and brocollini in a spiced coconut broth. 

But these dishes are just the beginning as the offerings will soon expand. The partnership between Element Fresh, MissGreen and Roots & Shoots enforces the shared values and demonstrates all three’s ongoing commitment to quality, whole foods, locally sourced fresh and unique ingredients and reducing the carbon footprint.

See a listing for Element Fresh

Tuesday Steak Night at The Bull & Claw 

Tuesday nights just got interesting at The Bull & Claw, with an Argentinian steak night and South American drinks selection.

In the way of meat, they have a killer deal on rump, sirloin or mouthwatering grilled to perfection skewers that are all served with a trio of quasacaca, chimichurri and mojo sauces, accompanied with chipotle corn and twice cooked fries. And, wait for it… steaks start from just RMB88!

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With every good steak dinner you can’t forgo the drinks, whether you pair with a Malbec from Mendoza, the classic Argentinean cocktail Fernet con Coca – also known as Fernando – or the Samba Paloma, which packs a refreshing kick. And all drinks on the special menu are just RMB48, so there is no excuse to not try each one...

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Scan the QR on the poster below to book your spot now...

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See a listing for The Bull & Claw

READ MORE: New Menu Alert! D.O.C. & Urban Café


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