Below, in no particular order, we introduce four new F&B spots you should check out in Shenzhen!
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Tristan's is adorned in purple and orange, gold and yellow, with the intent, it seems, to remind visitors of the deserted landscapes that stretch across northern Mexico and the southern portion of the United States.
We decided to try about as much as we could fit in our stomachs and ordered a beef burrito (RMB60), Tristan's Mexican sausage tacos (RMB35) and the chicken quesadillas (RMB40).
We tucked into the tacos first and were immediately blown away by the salty, tangy, delicious sausage utilized in the dish. Imported from Italy, Tristan unwraps and then re-cooks his Mexican sausage, adding his own blend of spices. The chicken quesadillas arrived soft and juicy, so juicy, in fact, that one bite and we were splattered by a healthy dose of cheese and salsa.
Finally, we moved on to the beef burrito, which sat snug in the middle of our table. Feeling adventurous we picked up the big loaf of rice, beans and guacamole and took a few careful bites. After engorging ourselves on a fantastic meal, we were loathe to say goodbye.
Who’s going: taco Tuesday fans, burrito bros
Good for: Mexican-esque food and beers, popcorn, a different kind of spice
Nearest metro: Shuiwan (Exit C), 15 minutes
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The area around Shopping Park is packed with an array of burger joints, so you may rightly ask what makes the Butchers Club stand out from the rest. Well, we say it’s the dry-aged beef, in which the restaurant takes great pride.
Our first pick of the evening, however, was the lobster sub (RMB198). And boy, were we excited when it arrived at our table. Comprised of a hotdog bun stuffed with lobster meat, the ‘sub’ is made using all the various edible bits of a Boston lobster and cooked the classic way.
Next, we tried a classic dry-aged beef burger (RMB90), which comes with tomatoes, pickles, bacon, cheese and a generous hunk of beef. Drizzled with juice, the beef inside this hearty burger comes from three different parts of the cow.
Finally we tucked into our last dish of the day: the Australian grass-fed steak (RMB248), which came with black pepper sauce, mustard mayo, grilled vegetables and truffle fries. A superior cut of cow, this steak is among the finest we’ve tried in Shenzhen.
Who’s going: Bostonians, beef lovers, carnivorous folk in general
Good for: burgers, dry-aged beef, substantial portions of meat
Nearest metro: Shopping Park (Exit D), 2 minutes
3. Indian Spice
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We absolutely love a good Indian feast here at That’s Shenzhen and when we heard about the arrival of Indian Spice at Poly Cultural Square, we were beyond delighted. We dropped in on a Thursday evening and found the place to be a hive of activity.
Upon perusing the menu for the first time, we were delighted to catch sight of the immeasurably spicy and delicious chicken vindaloo (RMB60).
It arrived in a small, metal bowl. Despite its slight size, we decided it was best not to underestimate this gleaming, scarlet curry, and called for a plate of olive naan bread (RMB25) for dipping.
The fiery stew housed tender, cooked-to-perfection morsels of chicken and was simply too good for a quick chew and swallow: this is a curry made for savoring.
The lamb shahi korma (RMB72) arrived next and was the perfect compliment for the spicy vindaloo, allowing us to temper the burning sensation with the korma’s nutty, creamy flavors.
Our last dish of the evening was the hariyali chicken (RMB65), which presented a medley of flavors: sweet, sour and salty, with pickle-ish undertones.
Who’s going: traders, hungry shoppers, the post-work crowd
Good for: quality Indian cuisine, a friendly atmosphere
Nearest metro: Houhai (Exit E), 1 minute
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On our visit, we head directly for Capri’s sushi booth, where a variety of rolls, nigiri and sashimi are on offer. The onsite sushi chef diligently mans the station, chopping fresh salmon, tuna and sea bream into elegant slices upon request.
From the sushi post, we move to the on-ice seafood spread, which hosts prawns, freshly shucked oysters, scallops and, the coup de gras, Alaskan king crab. Add a spoonful of freshly prepared sea urchin fried rice to your plate and the seafood medley is complete.
Aside from seafood, buffet visitors can also enjoy classic Chinese eats, including Peking duck, dim sum varieties and noodle soup, which is prepared to order at a dedicated noodle station.
Westerners looking for a taste of home will relish in the succulent cuts of lamb and beef that are served at Capri’s ‘Sunday roast’ station. And, like all good buffets, a selection of fine cheeses, breads and pastries are also available.
Price: RMB464 (includes beer/soft drinks)
Who’s going: beach-bound Shenzheners, brunchers
Good for: boozing, midday meals, stuffing your face full of seafood
[Cover image by Jonathan Zhong/That's]