Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: June 2019

By Cristina Ng, June 11, 2019

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Bad news Shanghai party people. Some of our favorite bars and nightclubs have been ordered to close for the foreseeable future by the police. Read more about the ongoing crackdown right here.

Let’s move on with a happy bit of vegan news. JUST Egg has officially launched its vegan, mung bean-based egg substitute. You can buy that at places like, Hema, City’super and Olé. It’s also available in menu items and for purchase at Hunter Gatherer.

Image by Cristina Ng/That's 

Danish eatery Pelikan is set to close. Chef Kasper Elmholdt Pederson (and his team) will be opening BOR Eatery above Funk & Kale on Anfu Lu. 

Pelikan dining room. Image by Dominic Ngai/That's 

Also coming soon, Baker & Spice is replacing 10 Corso Como, and Le Salon de Joel Robuchon is expanding into the IAPM Mall this coming June (or July).

We hate to be a buzzkill, but Shanghai restaurants have had a rough year. The newest rumor is that the Zhang Court bloodletting is moving up the street to the building that houses Little Catch, Currify, Sproutworks and WeWork. Our sources in the building tell us that while they are bracing for closure, nothing has been confirmed and it’s business as usual… for now.

Even if Zhang Court Phase 2 closes, you can get Currify over on Wuding Lu. Image by Cristina Ng/That's

This month’s biggest bar opening comes from Daniel An (of Atelier, Antique and Tastebuds fame) and Vicenzo Pagliara (formerly of The Zuk Bar) and is called Arch. We stopped into their Shaanxi Bei Lu space for cocktails that reflect Pagliara’s experimental techniques and minimalist garnishes along with some excellent pasta dishes. An aperitivo bar has been set up at the front, with draft cocktails going in soon. We’ll be back to check in on their progress with a review forthcoming.

Image by Cristina Ng/That's

Nearby on Wuding Lu and Jiangning Lu, The Perch is in the works. With a lovely terrace serving as both the bar’s focus and namesake, the menu will skew towards cocktails and wine with shareable finger food. They should be breaking ground on construction soon, with an estimated soft opening set for early July.

A cool looking new place called Soul Sacred Space has popped up on Xiangyang Lu, near Changle Lu, featuring tons of neon signs and incredibly playful drinks.

Image courtesy of Soul Sacred Space

Boxing Cat Brewery launched their new First Blood Amber Lager at the end of May with a banging party at their Yongfu Lu location. The other Boxing Cat at Sinan Mansions is currently under renovations.

Lastly, erstwhile Jinxian Lu Belgian beer bar De Refter has resurfaced in Found 158 in the space previously occupied by Chef Jefe.

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