Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: October 2018

By Cristina Ng, October 10, 2018

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A lot of honors were bestowed this month starting with the third annual release of Shanghai's Michelin Guide. On September 20, the Michelin Guide 2019 awarded 44 stars to 34 Shanghai restaurants. The biggest change this year, leading to an audible gasp in the audience, was the downgrade of Cantonese restaurant T'ang Court to two-stars leaving Chef Paul Pairet's Ultraviolet as the lone three-Michelin-starred restaurant in the city. 

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We also gave out a few awards ourselves at the 16th Annual Food & Drink Awards. Special thanks to Bar Rouge for hosting and a shout out to our sponsors for keeping the beer (Heineken), wine (Summergate), cider (Savanna & Cold Stream), cocktails/mocktails (Rooty Moot), plum wine/raspberry wine (JHE) and water (Fiji Water) free-flowing. Check out the full list of winners here

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Our newly minted That’s Shanghai Chef of the Year, Danyi Gao, has three branches of her new Vietnamese concept, Bun Cha Cha, in the works. As the name suggests, bowls of rice noodles with grilled pork, herbs and fish sauce are taking center stage. The first two stores will be in Pudong and Qibao, while a downtown location will open at Lippo Plaza before Christmas.

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As per usual, the onset of autumn in Shanghai has been marked by the traditional changing of an ice cream shop into a hairy crab stall. That’s right; Bonus on Wulumuqi Lu has shuttered, but you can still head to their Ruijin Lu location for more scoops. 

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American chains Red Lobster and Shake Shack are confirmed for their ifc Mall and Xintiandi locations respectively, but if munching on a cone of charcuterie is more your speed, Spanish-import MAS on Kangding Lu has got your back.

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Meanwhile, the long-awaited Pierogi Ladies’ reopening happened at the end of September while Homeslice’s new joint on Yuyuan and Dingxi opened October 9. The dosas at Currify’s Taixing Lu outpost must be flying out of the kitchen because they’ve already got a second branch on Wuding Lu up and running.

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Lost Heaven is adding a hot pot concept above their Silk Road restaurant on Julu Lu. Downstairs, in the group’s More Than Eat food hub, Uniman’s creative dumplings have been usurped by Mammamia pizzeria.

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The most anticipated new bar opening in a while comes courtesy of Shingo Gokan (Speak Low, Sober Company) and Steve Schneider (Employees Only NYC, Employees Only in Singapore and Panama's The Strangers Club), who told DRiNK Magazine that they are opening a 1980s futurism-themed bar called The Odd Couple in Xintiandi later this year. 

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Over in Jing’an, the folks behind Barbarian (as well as Bites & Brews and Hot Chick) are taking over Le Café de Stagiaires’ former Wuding Lu outpost and replacing it with Mad Lab for cocktails and conveyor belt snacks. 

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Although Elevator announced the date of their closing party back in August, the September 18 shindig ended up being a celebration of a three-month lease extension. They will continue looking for a new space in the meantime.

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Arkham at Found 158 has recently opened a bat cave-like lounge named Gallium. Whether you enter through the main space or the neon-lit, mirrored hallway, the space stands in stark contrast to its primary counterpart. The swanky new cocktail menu contains some gems, including refreshing takes on a gimlet and spicy Sichuan mules.

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'Tis the season for Pumpkin Spice (and everything nice), so Joe's Pizza brewing up a selection of specialty flavors such as Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Spice, Mocha Chocolate and Hot Buttered Rum. From now through November, a different flavor will be available each day. Don't worry, they are all delish. 

Finally, if you didn’t get a chance to check out RATIO’s pop-up robot bar in Shanghai’s K11 mall this summer, you can now visit the newly-opened permanent location in People’s Square Raffles City.

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