Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: November 2018

By Cristina Ng, November 30, 2018

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These days it seems like the entire city is under construction and the F&B industry is no exception. The Cool Docks looks like a war zone with only Kebabs on the Grill open for business. Nevertheless, our 2018 Indian Restaurant of the Year is going strong. They have even added a new outpost on Hongmei Lu.      

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Another restaurant with history at the Cool Docks, Phipps Steakhouse has relocated to Nanjing Xi Lu. Surprisingly underrated, Phipps has some great value dry aged beef. Here’s hoping the move into the city center gets them more attention.

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Originally slated to open on Julu Lu, the team behind Kagen shifted gears and took over the former Chin Chin space on Fumin Lu. In addition to teppanyaki, they will be adding a lounge to serve coffee, cocktails and Japanese tapas – they’re scheduled to open later this month. Meanwhile, a new Sushi’O has also recently sprung up in Found 158.

Sad news for fans of ‘burgeritos’ and stiff margaritas, Tex-Mex mainstay Bordertown closed down just before October holiday.

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Newly launched REVO meal plans are an appealing way to eat better. Created by the people behind Saucepan, REVO focuses on functional meals packed with nutrients for a newly energetic, beautiful and healthy you. Their ‘Flat Tummy’ Taco Salad is delicious, by the way. 

It’s been a pretty busy month in the world of cocktails starting with three China-based bars clinching positions on the 2018 World’s 50 Best Bar Awards. These esteemed locales included Hong Kong’s The Old Man (No. 10), Shanghai’s Speak Low (No.20) and Taipei’s Indulge Experimental Bistro (No. 38).

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Next up, Julu Lu is getting Valpasso – named for the Prosecco brand – where the bubbles will be flowing. Besides prosecco, a collection of fizzy cocktails and spritz from the mind of Johan Holmberg will be joined by European bites like flammkuchen.

Flask Group  is in on the action with a new club called NYX. The interior features Corinthian columns and ultraviolet lighting aimed at you sexy Greek gods and goddesses of the night. They are also doing a beer collaboration with popular Taiwan brewery, Taihu.

Other openings include 1945 Chinese Tavern for huangjiu and baijiu forward cocktails on the Bund, Wine Universe for over 100 by the class options on Yuyuan Lu and a new mini Daga Brewpub on Changle Lu.

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It seems the Elevator saga has finally ended. The three-month lease extension that we reported on last month has fallen through, leaving them homeless. In another gut-wrenching twist of fate, everyone’s favorite smoke-filled punk dive bar, Specters closed shop after their Goth Halloween party, because the local government wanted the building back.

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