Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: March 2017

By Betty Richardson, March 1, 2017

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As predicted, post-CNY has provided a preposterous number of new restaurant openings. First up is Pita, brought to you from the folks behind La Bota. Pita promises casual dining in the form of smoothie bowls, all-day breakfasts, bagels and of course, pita sandwiches.

Pita Restaurant Shanghai

Next up is Star the Day, a whimsical (read: crazy-looking) new casual bar and eatery on Julu Lu. How whimsical? We’re talking ball-pit installed in the restaurant whimsical. Luckily, the food also looks interesting, offering fried chicken, cheese puffs, Japanese omelet-topped noodles and cocktails. 

Decidedly classier is new OSTRA, a glam little oyster and caviar bar on Tongren Lu. Find a seafood-led menu of bistro classics, more oysters than you can shake a stick at and a beautiful curved bar made from polished white stone.  

Nothing gets us more excited than news of a new bar, but a bar, speakeasy, restaurant and café all in one? Through the damn roof. Find all of that at Sober Company, the multi-concept new venue from Shingo Gokan, AKA the mixologist who unleashed award-winning bar Speak Low on Shanghai. 

Sober Company Shanghai

For the cocktails, think refined classics. The food, affordable Japanese-leaning Chinese eats like foie gras mapo tofu, and uni banmian (below). 

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Not into cocktails? The Caxton, a new pub on Dagu Lu, has you covered. This place hits the sweet spot between craft beer and sports bar that you can probably get away with bringing your girlfriend to. Find it next to fellow pub The Hop Project

Found 158 continues to fill with new F&B occupants, the latest being Arkham. The popular alt indie club was forced to close last year following a government kibosh on basement venues (fire hazards, apparently), leaving club kids all dressed up but with nowhere to go. Stay tuned for more news on that one in the coming months. Blackstone Magic Bar Shanghai

We’re also psyched about another Found 158 resident: Blackstone Magic Bar, which opened softly earlier in the month. Prepare to be seriously heckin' bamboozled by the house magicians and illusionists – you’ll likely need a stiff cocktail after seeing some of their tricks. 

More mixology action can be found at the Pudong Four Seasons, who brought over one of the world’s best cocktail makers, Mr Cedric Mendoza of Manhattan Bar in the Regent Singapore for a stint in the hotel. His cocktail, the ‘Regalo’ earned him No.11 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list in 2016, and you can find it all month long here in Shanghai. 


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