3 New F&B Spots to Checkout: October 2019

By That's Shenzhen, October 9, 2019

0 0

Here are all the new restaurant and cafe openings we featured in our October 2019 issue:

1. Alcove

ensue_2019_1362.jpg
Hole in the Sky. Image courtesy of Alcove

Alcove’s cocktails are all priced at RMB118, so we asked the head bartender, Adrian, to recommend his top three. 

The first drink he served was the ‘Hole in the Sky,’ which is sure to win over any cocktail connoisseur. Sweet and sour, with subtle hints of cinnamon, this gin-based cocktail was easy to sip on (and had a delectable layer of froth on top). 

Next up was the ‘Sea of Stars,’ a Tiki-themed drink that’ll give you a bang for your buck. This tropical passion fruit, pineapple and Jamaican rum concoction contains not one, but two rum types – one of which sits at 69% ABV. It also came with a reusable metal straw (bonus points for sustainability!). 

ensue_2019_1760.jpg
Moonlit Lake. Image courtesy of Alcove

For those whose drink preference leans towards something stiffer, like an old fashioned, try the ‘Moonlit Lake.’ This rye and apple brandy-based drink is topped off with a piece of handcrafted candy cap (type of mushroom) chocolate. Adrian suggested we alternate between sipping the cocktail and nibbling the chocolate, and his suggestion did not fall on deaf ears – much to the delight of our palates. 

Price: RMB118
Who’s going: glamorous globetrotters, cocktail lovers
Good for: sophisticated cocktails, amazing views, penthouse vibes 
Nearest metro: Futian Station (Exit 4A), 9 minutes’ walk  

Read our full review here. See listing for Alcove.

2. Maltland Brewpub

Screaming-Burger.jpg
Screaming burger. Image by Jonathan Zhong for That’s

On our visit, the outlet was offering both locally-brewed and imported beers, as well as a variety of pub bites. Right off the bat, we asked for their most popular beverage, which turned out to be the good ol’ Belgian Früli (RMB55). With a refreshing strawberry flavor and a smooth mouthfeel, the beer served as a satisfying start to our night. 

If you arrive with an empty stomach, we’d recommend trying Maltland’s ‘screaming’ burger (RMB78). This bad boy comes with a sizable beef patty and two slices of bacon tucked inside a sesame seed-topped bun. You may find the beef patty a touch too salty, but that’s when the Früli comes in to save the day.

Fruli-.jpg
Früli. Image by Jonathan Zhong for That’s

Curious about the beer that Maltland produces? We sure were on our visit. Currently, only five of the 21 beers available at the establishment are made in-house, but we’re told by the owner, Ethan, that we can expect more in the future.

Big-Island-Lava.jpg
Big Island Lava. Image by Jonathan Zhong for That’s

Before leaving, we ordered one of Maltland’s beverages – the ‘Big Island Lava’ (RMB32-40). This thick stout indeed lived up to the word ‘lava,’ and had a smoky coffee-ish aroma. Despite that, we found the intensity of its flavor somewhat weak and, therefore, the beer left something to be desired. 

Price: RMB90
Who’s going: friends, lovers, hermits
Good for: beers, quietude, friendly service  
Nearest metro: Huanggang Village (Exit A), 10 minutes’ walk

Read our full review here. See listing for Maltland Brewpub

3. Gaga Garden

The seasonal menu is divided succinctly into brunch bites, small bites and mains. We started off the evening with the fried cauliflower bites (RMB58) and baked brie (RMB88). Although simple dishes on paper, the garnishes and toppings elevated these appies to the next level. The generously-sized, crispy fried cauliflower dish was topped with bonito flakes to give it a delicious umami flavor, whereas the baked brie was paired beautifully with honey and fresh berries. 

gaga-lamb.JPG
Image by Phoebe Kut/That’s

For mains, we tried the zucchini ‘risotto’ (RMB78) and the lamb chops (RMB98). The meat was nicely seared, tender and rich with flavor. The risotto is a good option for vegetarians; however, it didn’t really have the creamy, cheesy consistency that one would expect. As it was a weekday, we decided to try one of their fresh fruit teas, which did not disappoint. The pineapple and strawberry punch tea (RMB33) was a blended concoction that’s flavor profile leaned more towards the fresh strawberries than pineapple. 

Price: RMB135
Who’s going: urban creatives, out-of-towners, Nanshan neighbors
Good for: laid-back lounging, shareable appies, late-night nibbles  
Nearest metro: Shuiwan Station (Exit C), 9 minutes’ walk 

Read our full review here. See listing for Gaga Garden


Read more Shenzhen restaurant reviewsbar reviews and cafe reviews.

[Cover image courtesy of Gaga Garden]

more news

Save Big on 12 Cans of This Guangzhou-Brewed IPA Beer

Start the summer right, with discounted beer!

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2020 to Be Announced in Online Ceremony

The gathering will no longer take place in the Saga Prefecture of Japan.

Restaurants to Resume Dine-in Service in Guangzhou and Shenzhen

On Thursday, the provincial government announced that dine-in service will be resumed.

Restaurants Were Packed Again Once SARS Was Over: Michelle Garnaut

Michelle Garnaut opened her first restaurant in China in 1989 with M at the Fringe in Hong Kong.

All Restaurants in Guangzhou Suspend Dine-In Service

Guangzhou and various districts in Shenzhen, Foshan and Zhongshan have suspended dine-in service.

Order Chinese Craft Gin and Help the Pangolins

With every bottle sold Shanghai9 and Crimson Pangolin are RMB10 to Save Vietnam's Wildlife.

Drink LAIBA Craft Cocktails at Home and Donate to Wuhan

25% of the proceeds from LAIBA Beverages WeChat store will be donated to Wuhan coronavirus response efforts.

New Shenzhen Restaurants: January 2020

A brief look at the new F&B spots we featured in our January 2020 issue​!

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsShenzhen for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shenzhen With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's PRD!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.