New Shanghai Bars and Restaurants: October 2018

By That's Shanghai, September 30, 2018

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Here are all the new restaurant and bar openings we featured in our October 2018 magazine issue.



Image by Cristina Ng/That's

A collaboration of foodie favorites, Logan Brouse of Logan’s Punch, Adrian Wall of Joe’s Pizza, Thijs Oomens and Saira Shazad of BYFO Hot Sauce have come together to bring Shanghai a new type of taco. Setting up shop on the corner of Yueyang and Dongping Lu in Goga’s former home, they’ve transformed the red-bricked two-story restaurant into a modern Mexican marvel. One of the few spots in the neighborhood with an outdoor rooftop patio, Tacolicious is intimate and trimmed with fairy-light filled tequila bottles.

Total Verdict: 3.5/5

Price: RMB125-250 per person
Who’s going: those that like a good drink and aren’t married to a traditional idea of Mexican food
Good for: dates, a meal outdoors and long lunches

Read the full review here. See listing for Tacolicious


Image courtesy Oxalis

Although Oxalis has been open for months now, this addition to Shanghai’s French dining scene is still flying under the radar. While The Waterhouse at South Bund is a masterpiece of contemporary design, there’s just not much else going on in the area.

Chef Jonas Noël’s creative take on ‘bistronomy’ is inspired by a 1990s culinary movement whereby chefs applied fine dining backgrounds to more casual concepts. His own journey began at Michel Bras where he foraged for an edible herb called oxalis. He then honed his skills at Oslo’s Bagatelle, Hong Kong’s Caprice and our own L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.

Total Verdict: 4/5

Price: RMB300-500 per person plus 10 percent service         
Who’s going: French food lovers
Good for: well-priced lunch and brunch, soufflé and that pork

Read the full review here. See listing for Oxalis.

Alimentari & Degusteria 

Image courtesy Alimentari & Degusteria

When Popolo Group decided to turn their short-lived wine bar, QV, into the second branch of their popular deli and grocer, Alimentari, excitement rippled among Jing’an snobs who can’t bear leaving their neighborhood. If that weren’t good enough, an all-day brunch menu has been added to the mix, bringing excellent value meat and cheese boards and bottled cocktails for which the Anfu Lu branch is known.

Total Verdict: 3.5/5

Price: RMB50-100 per person                       
Who’s going: every expat in the Jing’an vicinity
Good for: coffee, all-day brunch, afternoon drinks and more

Read the full review here. See listing for Alimentari & Degusteria


Bar Alcocase

Image by Cristina Ng/That's

You might be asking yourself what exactly an ‘alcocase’ is. While we first thought it was a portmanteau of ‘alcohol and nutcase’ (aka us after free-flow anything), it actually stands for ‘alcohol and showcase.’ That’s more fitting as Bar Alcocase is grandly designed in a retro-luxe style ideal for enjoying a few well-made cocktails.

Located right next to Mosso on Changle Lu, Bar Alcocase is the new venture from the group behind blink-and-you-missed-it Japanese bar, Madara. Former Union Trading Company bartenders Lucky Huang and Leo Wei are here to design the cocktail program and manage the bar. 

Behind a brick and glass entrance, lies a cozy bar area decked out in dark woods and jewel-toned velveteen. If you look closely at the golden candelabra wall sconces, you’ll see a trail of matching insects ‘walking’ on the walls. The attention to detail and whimsical approach to design extends to the drink list.

Read the full review here. See listing for Bar Alcocase.

[Cover image courtesy Alimentari & Degusteria]

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