3 New Winter Menus: THE CUT x Wanhuo, Tacos El Paisa & Lizzy's

By Sophie Steiner, February 24, 2022

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That winter chill has set in, and there’s no escaping it til spring graces us with her presence. These next few months are going to be all about the hearty, homey dishes that keep the cold from seeping into our bones. Thankfully, we’ve got a handful of new warming winter menus to get you through the iciest of months.

Check out Part I here.

THE CUT x Wanhuo 

In collaboration with Japanese izakaya Wanhuo, The CUT Meatery in ITC Mall has completely revamped their entire menu, setup and décor, with an emphasis on Japanese fusion.

Think marinated skewers paired with highballs, grilled onigiri rice triangles with homemade pickles, miso steak, fried chicken, Japanese-style potato salad and teppanyaki burgers.

They also offer deals like two hours of free flow Asahai for just RMB48 with the purchase of five or more grilled skewers; and 15% off your current bill for anyone who can finish a beer tower in 17 seconds or less. 

Sounds like a challenge we are up for. May the odds be ever in your favor. 

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Sweet kewpie mayo-laden Butcher’s Potato Salad (RMB48) is loaded with chopped carrots, cucumbers, hard-boiled egg and fake crab, sheathed in a smoked slab of thick Canadian bacon. The gluey texture is oh-so-creamy, an addicting balance of sweet and salty. 

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Coming straight from Wanhuo’s menu, every day sees an assortment of Marinated Skewers (RMB48/2), spanning sweet soy-slathered chicken and chimichurri-topped pork or beef. Thick yet tender, each is grilled to perfection, with juicy drippings of char-licked protein dribbling down your chin after each bite. 

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Pair the meat with grilled rice triangle Onigiri (RMB18) available slathered in garlic butter and sweet soy or red wine curry (RMB38), both of which are paired with homemade pickles.

While onigiri can oftentimes be just a carb filler, this rendition is all about the textures, with expertly charred kernels on the outside, giving way to a fluffy white rice center.

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Spanish style Grilled Octopus (RMB58) is flanked by an aromatic shmear of red pepper and almond romesco sauce, paired with a fresh salad. 

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Grilled Free-Range Chicken (RMB78/half), Image by Sophie Steiner/That's

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THE CUT wouldn’t be THE CUT without their signature THE CUT Burger (RMB98), a traditional patty with both raw and grilled red onions, cilantro, sun dried tomatoes and tartar sauce on an oat grain bun with fries.

They also offer a sans bun alternative, covered in a fried egg and Japanese curry sauce, known as the Teppanyaki Burger (RMB88), and similar to a Hawaiian loco moco.  

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The spread of steaks is still on offer, with tenderloin, ribeye and the like. The star is the Miso Steak (RMB158), grilled medium rare on top of a velvety spread of miso butter sauce. Accompanied by roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes, this is one of the most satisfying ways to up your protein intake. 

Drinks cover Highballs (RMB38-78) – with your choice of Jim Beam, Beam Suntory Kakubin, Jameson or Taliskery 10 year; draft beer – like Asahi, Goose Island and the like; plus a lineup of fruity drinks, tea, coffee and wine.

Bonus: Teamlab just installed a mini visual audio installation in the courtyard outside the restaurant, so you can enjoy the show through the floor-to-ceiling windows as you dine.

See a listing for THE CUT Meatery.

Tacos El Paisa

Tacos El Paisa, situated just outside La Mezcaleria’s wooden door, serves just one thing: tacos.

They are identifiably half-moon in shape, sit snugly in one hand and are filled with a multitude of smoky, flame-licked meats (dripping with fat and stewing juices), a sprinkling of crunchy, diced onions and a few sprigs of cilantro adorning the top.

READ MORE: The Taco & Mezcal Gods Have Spoken: La Mezcaleria Is the One

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Drawing on chef Marco Chavez Jaime’s childhood memories in Mexico, he continues to expand the offerings with six new tacos, each representing a different side of Mexico. 

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First, we begin in Northwest Mexico, where his father grew up, a place to indulge in Volcán de Asada (RMB55). A crispy corn tortilla grilled on a flat top, it scorches and bubbles, smothered in melted cheese and topped with avocado salsa, a refreshing cucumber pico de gallo and seared slices of Uruguayan M7 flank steak. Because they’re not messing around here when it comes to meat quality.

It’s like a nacho-taco hybrid that is equal parts gooey mess and juicy licks of fat-dripping beef. 

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Follow it up with another gringa favorite from Mexico’s northeast border: the Asada (RMB45). The same Uruguayan M7 flank is grilled, then dolloped with whipped guacamole and folded into a flaky toasted flour tortilla.

In a word: satisfying.

We will focus our free-flow taco energy on this one. 

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Late Night Taco King, the Campechano (RMB30) is the go-to option for a post-inebriation session in Mexico City; the dripping braised brisket paired with crumbly chorizo is just what the doctor ordered for preventing that next day hangover.

Pork shoulder stewed with garlic, achiote, orange juice and spices is stuffed inside the Cochinita (RMB30), topped with freshly marinated red onions and doused in a fiery Yucatan hot sauce to cut through the pork’s fatty richness. 

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Commonly eaten across Central Mexico, the Nopal (RMB15) sees grilled cactus leaves shredded and fried on the parilla, then crowned with refried beans and pico de gallo. The leaves are a pleasantly sour, with a slightly spongy spring to them that makes for a texturally interesting bite.

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A Mexican version of Shepherd’s Pie in taco form is served as the Picadillo (RMB30). Like your mama’s chili con carne, ground pork and beef, potatoes, carrots, peas and all matter of seasoning is stewed together, then heaped inside a grilled flour tortilla. 

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Wash it all down with a Boing Guava or Mango (RMB38), a Mexico imported fruit juice made from natural juice pulp, sugar and water. Or end on a sweet note with a fluffy Concha (RMB20), a sweet bread roll with a crunchy sugar top made to look like the shell from which its name is derived. 

Want to sample all these tacos at once? Swing by for weekday lunches between noon and 2pm and get any three tacos for RMB68.

Or – if you live your life by the same motto we do: ‘go big or go home’ – spring for all-you-can-eat tacos every Tuesday from 5.30-8.30pm for just RMB148. Every single taco on their menu is included in the deal.

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In the name of the salsa, the queso and the holy chili, we praise you taco gods for this offering. 

See a listing for Tacos El Paisa.

Lizzy’s All Natural 

Shanghai’s go-to healthy eats spot, Lizzy’s All Natural, has updated their warming winter selections with a few hearty stews and hybrid salads, ensuring you stay cozy without packing on the extra kilos. 

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While they are still located in More Than Eat on Julu Lu, they have taken up a larger (and much brighter) space in the back, outfitted with neon glowing bottles and hanging Edison bulbs, plus a takeaway counter ideal for meals on the go. 

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With that, they still offer the full menu through Elema, Sherpa’s and Meituan, with options for those looking to slim down, bulk up and everything in between. 

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On those cold rainy days, the Luxurious Lentil Stew (RMB58) promises comfort – a blend of lentils, tomatoes, onion and red pepper seasoned with Canadian maple syrup and winter spices, all served alongside cauliflower rice with roasted vegetables.

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Other protein-packed alternatives includes the Vegan Miss Chili (RMB53), a tofu-based chili with tomatoes, carrot, corn, kidney beans, onion, tomato, garlic and chili spices, also paired with cauliflower rice and roasted vegetables for extra heft. 

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An embodiment of the saying 'taste the rainbow,' the Signature Chop Chop Salad (RMB48) comes with a whopping 14 varieties of raw vegetables, seeds and dried fruit to ensure you're getting more than your daily five.

Expect kale, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, edamame, dried cranberries, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and more. 

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Or, upgrade and get an extra serving of warm vegetables with the Roasted & Raw Chop Chop (RMB53), the same as the original but with roasted red and yellow peppers, mushrooms and the like; all the good stuff to fuel your body with what it needs.

As for dressing, choose from Maple Harvest, Thai Peanut of Miso Sesame. 

Both salads can also be topped with Add-ons (RMB12) like roasted tofu strips, a vegan tofu mushroom patty, vegan chick-wheat shreds, or a vegan beetroot patty.

Lizzy's still offers the regular juice cleanses and detox packages, plus some new meal plans, like the 1,350-calorie vegan plan, the 900-calorie plan, the keto plan and the soon to launch heavy protein plan, all available in one, three, five, seven and fourteen day plans.

READ MORE: We Sent Shanghai's Hungriest Writer on a 3-Day Juice Cleanse

Check them out on the Lizzy's WeChat Mini Program.

See a listing for Lizzy's All Natural.

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