Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: August 2019

By Cristina Ng, August 8, 2019

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Everything old is new again starting with the reopening of China’s first Indian fine dining restaurant The Tandoor. Newly installed executive chef Shanjay Tyagi presents a menu inspired by India’s royal kitchens with signature cocktails from Hannah Kierl (Spirits Box), who once lived in India.

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In the wake of Michael Wilson’s departure, PHÉNIX at The PuLi Hotel and Spa has appointed Pierrick Maire as executive chef. He was mentored by Yannick Alléno, and we are eager to see him make the one-Michelin starred restaurant his own.

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At The Middle House, renovations are underway at Sui Tang Li until August 6. Paris Rouge is now Cantonese restaurant Maison Rouge, Pomelo Thai has a new chef, and Tomatito is back in business at Infinitus Mall. Time for chocolate donetes and our favorite affordable brunch!

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Some favorites with new locations include Colca (Sinar Plaza), Kun Thai (More Than Eat), Shake Shack (Jing’an Kerry Centre), Sushi Naoki (Fuxing Lu), Phat Duck (Huaihai Lu) and a currently unnamed gastrolounge by Funkadeli on Fumin Lu where No. 88 used to be.

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From recently closed Bulldog Bar-B-Q comes the newer, bigger Chuckville right above the Laoximen metro station. Their food was good before, but we are happy to hear this new joint has a smoker. Speaking of ribs (baby back ones to be exact), American fast-casual chain Chili’s has jumped into China via Lujiazui.

Fans of Northern Thai cuisine will be happy to hear that a team of power players including Camel Hospitality Group (of Bull & ClawEl LuchadorD.O.C. and more), Camden Hauge (of EggBirdBitter) and Urban Thai have joined up for a new  venue on Dagu Lu. As they tell it, they will be "drawing on all members' strengths to revitalize the Urban Thai concept." 

READ MORE: Camden Hauge and Camel Group to Open Thai Restaurant on Dagu Lu

In closings, we have Shanghainese restaurant Lynn, yakiniku joint Tetsuya, 40-odd dining venues at Japanese department store Takashimaya and Hai by Goga. Honestly, that last one cuts the deepest, although owner Brad Turley says he might reopen in September. Fingers crossed.

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If the new rubbish sorting rules have you in a tizzy, assert your independence and stay out all night at Curfew where “the night is always young.” Made for cocktail lovers, fashionistas, scenesters and the LGBTQIA+ community, these guys are turning classic cocktails on their head. Brian Lu (Woo Taipei, Mary & Magnate) is the brain behind the drink program.

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Over on Wuyuan Lu, the first floor of Miss Fu in Chengdu is transforming into whiskey and Sichuan-style cocktail bar called Squad. We see ingredients like shiso, numbing peppercorn, fermented rice, green tea and lychee among the offerings.  

Thanks to the opening of 3NTRY (aka Mansion 2.0), the reopening of Dada and venues across town refreshing their drink menus, our nights are looking busy. Burger experts Charlie’s are launching their own session IPA in a couple weeks. 

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New tea-infusions are the order of the day at The Shanghai EDITION’s Punch Room, including ‘Lisa’s Punch’, which blends Da Yi Pu’s tea with Laird’s Applejack. 

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Meanwhile, Hooked has added five of Laiba’s quick-serve handcrafted cocktails for those who need a drink, stat.

Sadly, vermouth bar Mentrida has closed before we had a chance to check it out.

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Got a hot tip? Feel free to email all juicy rumors dining@urbanatomy.com. 

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