Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: July 2017

By Betty Richardson, June 27, 2017

0 0

New Restaurants

Incoming from the capital, we’ve spotted the first branch of Moka Bros in Shanghai on Xiangyang Lu. Not yet acquainted with the Beijing-based bros? They’ve made a name for themselves for healthy but hearty dishes that are geared towards healthy eaters. Expect plenty of plant-based whole foods, protein bowls, salads and brunch fare too. Opening anticipated sometime in September. 


If that sounds intimidatingly virtuous, what’s opening next door might be more your thing: a second branch of Beef & Liberty. If it’s anything like the OG branch in the Shanghai Centre, expect riotously juicy burgers and decadent sides like deep-fried mac ‘n’ cheese sticks. Opening also expected to be in September.


On Nanjing Xi Lu, a second expression of French patisserie and boulangerie Bread Etc. has opened. Like the first branch on Xiangyang Lu, expect plenty of carbohydrate indulgence and casual bistro-style eats. 

Bread Etc. Shanghai

From the folks behind Bistro Burger comes Crafted, a new eatery specializing in ribs, burgers and seafood. Situated in an enclave off Hengshan Lu, the place boasts a spacious rooftop terrace and a brunch menu that is already off to a promising start. 

Crafted Shanghai Restaurant

Meanwhile at Yong Yi Ting, the Michelin-starred restaurant inside the Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Chef Tony Lu has prepared a Jiangnan-style feast in the form of a new summer menu. Think chilled noodles with shredded chicken and sesame chili sauce, and braised bean curd with shrimp and roe (below). 

Yong Yi Ting Shanghai

New gelato and sorbet comes from Buco – a street-side window inside Donghu Lu Italian restaurant Gemma. Buco sells eight flavors (fig, chocolate, pistachio, hazelnut, straciatella, blueberry, peach, and bacio), all made in-house with imported ingredients and a fancy Carpigiani machine. We say pistachio flavor is the reigning champ!


In equally sweet news, Shanghai Bakery is back on the scene again at a new location: the street-side gatehouse of La Maison. Find all the old favorites – namely freshly baked breads, savory and sweet pastries, and literally our favorite hot chocolate in Shanghai. 

Shanghai Bakery Hot Chocolate

New Bars

In Found 158, Boteco, a cheerful looking Brazilian bar is filling up the far side of Shanghai’s favorite subterranean outdoor complex. We hear that what it lacks in al fresco it makes up for with caipirinhas that ain’t too shabby.  

Boteco Brazilian Bar Shanghai Found 158

Three on the Bund is also anticipating a new lounge bar resident this year: Club 3 1/3. Devised by local PR guru Mimi Tung, the venue's name is a nod to its Bund-side address (obviously), and the experience will channel party culture of the mid-20th century. Interiors come courtesy of New York interior designer Michael Hsieh. Opening September 2017. 

Over in Jing’an, news of a closure: Italian eatery Salotto G, which is in the process of being turned into a "bar with lots of wood," as reported by our man on the ground, Logan R. Brouse. Stay tuned for news on what replaces it. 

Alternatively, for imbibers who aren’t keen on leaving the house, BottlesXO has added a big old range of bottled craft beers to their delivery service. We found ourselves particularly fond of the Master Gao IPA. 

Bottles XO Shanghai

Rumors also persist of an incoming large batch delivery of Jing A’s coveted seasonal ‘Beijing Bikini’ watermelon beer, the last shipment of which at The Hop Project practically lasted all of five minutes. Our mole from within the organization hinted the drop could be some time in late July, and they will be distributed to multiple venues in Shanghai.  

Jing-A Shanghai

The Cut Rooftop is also opening again once this bloody plum rain season nonsense is over. Having become a popular week-night party favorite, the spacious rooftop bar perched on iapm will apparently boast all-new interiors that riff on a galactic night sky theme...

Read more Food & Drink Gossip

more news

Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: May 2018

Spring has sprung along with a new batch of bars and restaurants (some closings and stalled attempts too).

Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: April 2018

Your monthly roundup of new openings and closures in Shanghai.

Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: February 2018

Your monthly roundup of new openings and closures from Planet Food.

We're Hiring: That's Shanghai Food & Drink Editor

Want to work for China's number one English-language media company?

Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: January 2018

Warning: this edition of Shanghai F&B gossip far exceeds your recommended daily allowance of new restaurants.

Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: November 2017

Your monthly briefing on new restaurants and bars.

Who Won What at the That's Shanghai Food & Drink Awards 2017

See which restaurants and bars were crowned at our annual Food and Drink Awards, voted for by our readers.

Last Chance to Attend the That's Shanghai's Food & Drink Awards!

Plus: your chance to win a pair of flights to Thailand!

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

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

7 Days in Shanghai With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Shanghai!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.