Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: April 2019

By Cristina Ng, April 8, 2019

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This month, a shower of food news is raining down on Shanghai. Starting over at Three on the Bund, snazzy looking izakaya Shinpaku (with food by Mercato executive chef Kelvin Chai) is now open. Hidden inside Shinpaku is 3&Co, an American-style speakeasy. 

Image courtesy Three on the Bund

Across the street at Five on the Bund, The ‘Demon Chef,’ Alvin Leung’s Bo Shanghai and Daimon Bistro have closed, with building management claiming they owe over RMB3.5 million in rent and other fees. 

Image by Betty Richardson/That's

Over at Rockbund Art Museum, Blackbird has collaborated with Rockbund Art Museum and German artist Tobias Rehberger on Forbidden in Heaven, Useless in Hell. The bar slash art installation will feature creative cocktails and organic wines. There's also a deli downstairs drawing on Oha Eatery's Guizhou roots. 

The deli case at the Rockbund Art Museum. Image by Cristina Ng/That's

Highly anticipated Vietnamese restaurant Bun Cha Cha, courtesy of That’s Shanghai 2018 Chef of the Year Danyi Gao, is finally open in Lippo Plaza on Huaihai Lu. 

Image by Cristina Ng/That's

French bakery Luneurs and Brothers Kebab seem to be doing good business. The former is launching a second location on Huashan Lu, and the latter is expanding their reach to Gubei. Middle Eastern food lovers will be happy to hear that Eli Falafel now has a spot in People's Square. 

La Maison’s Pol Garcia is opening La Maruja (on the second floor) for some good old-fashioned Spanish tapas, which is right up his alley. 

Image courtesy The Rooster

The Rooster is also updating its food offerings with a brand-new menu, courtesy of Hugo Rodriguez (formerly of FUNKA del Sur). 

Speaking of the short-lived FUNKA del Sur the space been transformed into another branch of Funkadeli. Elsewhere in Jing'an, casual Italian eatery Favorita has been replaced by bar called JOBU

Image courtesy Oxalis

When it rains, it pours with Japanese restaurant UMI, chocolate haven HoF and The Waterhouse’s French restaurant Oxalis all calling it quits. The latter now called Waterhouse Restaurant & Rooftop has a modern Mediterranean menu by Pol Garcia, who is keeping busy these days. 

Image courtesy Tomatito

It’s also the end of the road for one of Shanghai’s most popular F&B destinations, Zhang Court. The date has yet to be set, but Tomatito, Tap House, El Ocho, Oji Cocktail & Whiskey and more will be affected. 

Sadly, contemporary Asian restaurant Cobra Lily in Xintiandi is closing. We’ll miss the food, but Boxing Cat Brewery’s takeover means more craft beer options in the neighborhood.

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