New Shanghai Bars and Restaurants: September 2019

By That's Shanghai, September 9, 2019

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Here are all the restaurant and bar openings we featured in our September 2019 magazine issue.


Restaurants

Chuckville


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If you’ve been lamenting the recent closure of Bulldog Bar-B-Q on Julu Lu, we have good news for you. The team closed their cozy centrally-located space to focus efforts on their new venue, Chuckville. Just a short stroll from the Laoximen metro station, this two-story restaurant dwarfs its predecessor. The menu has been beefed up appropriately to match the new space. 

Total Verdict: 3/5

Price: RMB150-200 per person
Who’s going: old Bulldog customers, local residents
Good for: comfort food, happy hour, casual group dinners

Read the full review here. See listing for Chuckville.


Tube Station


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Betrayal, mistaken identity and evil twins are tropes straight out of your favorite soap opera, but the restaurant world has its intrigue as well. When Tube Station opened this summer in Minhang’s Fengshang Square, the conversation in WeChat pizza groups (that’s a thing) was mostly “oh, that’s far” and “wow those pizzas look huge.” That was until a few former Beijing residents brought up the chain’s connection with one of the capital’s favorite pizza places, Kro’s Nest.

After looking into the situation, it seems like a classic case of foreigner-meets-Chinese partner. The business seemingly goes well until the two dramatically split, and gossip spreads like wildfire. In this case, we’ve heard people fervently support one side or the other, but with no way to know who the true villain is, we say let’s save the cheese for the pizza.

Total Verdict: 3/5

Price: RMB50-100 per person
Who’s going: international school teachers and students, locals
Good for: huge portions, classroom pizza parties, delivery

Read the full review here. See listing for Tube Station.


Ramen Mitsuyoshi


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Ramen Mitsuyoshi is the latest ramen shop specializing in tonkatsu-broth noodles. The nondescript eatery on Liyuan Lu near the Madang Lu metro station in Huangpu district is the result of a collaboration between a local chef and the chef/founder of two Michelin-recommended Tokyo venues: Ramen Koike and Chuka Soba Nishino. 

Inside, you order from a vending machine (so Japanese) with options to pay via Alipay or WeChat (so Chinese). Next, take a bar seat and watch the action while you wait. We were particularly mesmerized by the giant pot of tonkatsu broth being stirred by what looked like a yardstick as we inhaled the aromatic broth punctuated by the strong scent of sesame oil.  

Total Verdict: 4/5

Price: RMB50-100 per person
Who’s going: ramen addicts, Japanese expats, local foodies
Good for: solo dining, cheapish meals, quick dinners

Read the full review here. See listing for Ramen Mitsuyoshi.


Bars

Nomad


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With its eclectic mix of venues, Found 158 has always felt like a modern-day World’s Fair fishbowl. With eccentric Bedouin- and Mongolian-influenced tribal vibes and underrepresented Middle Eastern fare, Nomad fits right in among its neighbors – a French bistro, Indian fine dining slash nightclub, purveyors of Vietnamese street food and more.

Read the full review here. See listing for Nomad.


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[Cover image by Cristina Ng/That's]

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