Here are all the new restaurant and bar openings we featured in our October 2017 issue.
Envisaged as a sort of ‘international house of skewers,’ STYX is a charismatic little restaurant inside Yong Ping Li, a redeveloped complex on Hengshan Lu that’s also home to such luminaries as Colca, Crafted and La Bodeguita del Medio. The concept aims to unite various global traditions of skewers, as seen through the lens of owner Pascal Ballot’s travels and international upbringing.
Price: 88-100 per person
Who’s going: mainly expats
Good for: casual dinners
For a city with a sizeable number of French expats, Shanghai isn’t short of places to drink wine. But narrow down to parameters like ‘affordable wine’ and the selection declines sharply; ask for ‘natural affordable wines,’ and it shrinks even more. And if you were to ask for an affordable natural wine bar with a quaint atmosphere and a menu of French-Chinese tapas, that whittles your result down to one place: newly opened Vinism on Tai’an Lu.
Price: RMB180-400 per person, including wine
Who’s going: young locals and European expats
Good for: dates, wine, casual dinners
A brethren of artisanal food producers from Kate & Kimi have come together to form Deli Boys, the online grocery delivery store’s first brick and mortar restaurant. The Deli Boys themselves are two presumably fictional characters (perhaps relatives of the elusive Kate and Kimi?) who appear in Victorian garb on the restaurant’s eye-catching logo, united by an aim to bring ‘the best of American-style deli food’ via sandwiches, all-day breakfasts and other homey dishes.
Price: RMB68-150 per person
Who’s going: Kate & Kimi loyalists, homesick Canadians
Good for: brunch, lunch, casual dinners, sandwiches
There are few things that can quell the onslaught of a hangover quite like a kebab, and for post-partying expats staggering down Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, the sight of Eli Falafel's majestically revolving shawarma must look a tall glass mirage of Alka-Seltzer. But it's not just hangover cures sold here, this Lebanese-owned spot also sells renditions of Middle Eastern favorites like shish taouk, kofta kebabs, cutlets, various dips and falafel, the name being a dead giveaway.
Price: RMB45-80 per person
Who's going: split down the middle between expats and locals
Good for: Lebanese food, lunch, cheap eats, casual dinner, the nostalgic and the hungover
Bistro 321 Villa Le Bec – one of those Shanghai restaurants so Gallic that it makes you say 'Are they so sure it's the former French Concession? (To clarify, it is. It really, most definitely is.) Place is set in an old Shanghai villa with a courtyard terrace, big old garden out the back, dense pots of foie gras mi-cuit on the menu, and eponymous proprietor Nicolas Le Bec working the fry station himself every day because he's too much of a perfectionist to leave it to someone else. Le Bec's made a move to expand on his success and opened a second concept: Épicerie 62 Le Bec.