2 New Menus: Tacolicious & Atelier Cocktail Eatery

By Sophie Steiner, February 24, 2023

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On days like this, you can hear winter's last dying breath fading as spring peeks her floral-covered head out, beckoning the sun to shine a little brighter, the birds to sing a little louder, and Shanghai to finally wake the f*ck up. 

Hibernation time is over; no more excuses. Shanghai's F&B scene is busting out its A-game, bringing forth all the ideas that have been lurking in the trenches these last few years due to COVID.

Everyone's got a new menu, a new concept, a new chef to trial. And after living at a snail's pace lately, Shanghai is ready to spread those wings and soar. Let's see what you got. 

Check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here.


It’s not earth shattering news that Tacolicious makes the epitome of a damn great taco – living up to the restaurant’s cheeky tagline: ‘Making Tacos Great Again.’

Now, co-owners Logan Brouse, Saira Shahzad and Thijs Oomens are at it again, this time with new taco flavors, Mexican pizzas, creamy queso fundido, and – no surprise here – more cocktails. 

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Beginning with a must-order starter, the Queso Fundido (RMB95/meat, RMB90/vegetarian) sees a moat of more than 500 grams of cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan cheese acting as a melty perimeter for your choice of meat, a hefty scoop of pico de gallo and cascabel pepper for added kick.

We highly suggest going for the updated birria recipe – one that combines both stewed beef and lamb shreds that get coated in all that cheesy indulgence.

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The Tlayuda (RMB80/meat, RMB75/vegetarian) is *spoiler alert* That’s Shanghai 2022 Food & Drink Awards Chef of the Year winner Thijs Oomens’ take on a Mexican pizza, one that features a shmear of refried beans, avocado, cherry tomatoes, jalapeños, pico de gallo salsa, and a generous sprinkling of mozzarella and cheddar, all atop a plancha-toasted 12-inch flour tortilla with your choice of meat. 

Like you would even think to consider anything else, the slow-roasted brisket pizza topper is a must; the first time Tacolicious is bringing back that legendary brisket since Tacolicious Xuhui was forced to closed in 2021.

This fatty cut of beef is first slow-roasted then smoked, resulting in meaty chunks that range from succulent to juicy; from crunchy to melting. And the brisket can be added to any taco, burrito and quesadilla as well. 

DSC01415.jpgThe Chili Relleno (RMB50), Image by Sophie Steiner/That's

Image by Sophie Steiner/That's

Adding to the fresh seafood lineup, the Octopus Ceviche (RMB65) sits atop a mango curry seasoned with house masala mix.

A hit of citrus, a crunch from pickled beetroot and a sour zing from tiny beads of popping finger lime make this not-so-customary ceviche a solid 10. 

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It wouldn’t be Tacolicious if there weren’t a few new taco filling flavors (also available in burrito and quesadilla form), and this season the name of the game is Nopales – a veg-friendly offering of pan-fried cactus leaves topped with egg, creamy feta (that mimics queso fresco), onions and pico...

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... the Lengua – nearly spreadable beef tongue cubes, finished with a tangy honey rum chipotle BBQ sauce and fiery salsa verde...

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... and the Brazilian-style Seafood Stew – a coconut creamy blend of Dover sole, shrimp and octopus that arrives with an extra cupful of the curry-like broth for dipping or straight shooting if you so please. 

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A nod to the Tex-Mex style build-your-own fajitas, Tacolicious is now offering some upgraded sides for mix and match. From Mexican Fried Rice (RMB30) with peppers and onions...

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... to vegan-friendly Refried Beans (RMB30), we love the idea of combining these with an order of tortillas or chips for a full meal. 

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And don’t skip Chef Thijs’ Chili Cook-Off award-winning secret recipe for Chili con Carne (RMB40) – one that packs a serious spicy, smoky punch.

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Tacolicious is also offering a few new deals – like the Tacolicious Express (RMB50), a weekday kebab lunch set available from 11am-2pm that includes your choice of meat – birria, chicken asado, al pastor, or beans & cheese – wrapped in a tortilla with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and pickled beetroot, and served with a salad and fries.

A righteous homemade toum – Lebanese garlic sauce – and a fruity-meets-spicy scotch bonnet pepper sauce are served on the side, for all your dipping needs.

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In addition to probably the best free flow brunch deal in town – four hours for just RMB150, including Corona, pilsner, Mexican and Moscow mules, palomas, frozen margaritas and G&Ts – brunch also has some new sweet offerings, specifically the Pancakes (RMB50).

Perfectly classic in every way, they satiate that morning sweet tooth.

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On the cocktails front, barman extraordinaire Logan Brouse is shaking up some refreshing blends, namely the Texas Tea (RMB65, RMB50 Happy Hour) featuring red tea-infused vodka and fresh lemonade...

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... or the darker alternative Black Lemonade (RMB65), where tea is swapped out for activated charcoal. 

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The Sunburnt Señorita (RMB65) wills summer to arrive early with a blend of silver tequila, Beneva mezcal, fresh watermelon and lime, while the Magic Mojito (RMB65) has us ready for patio season with the addition of Campari. 

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Speaking of patios, get ready for many a terrace BBQ to come from the Tacolicious team this year, coupled with their Sunday Aperol Spritz deal – just RMB35 from 3-8pm. 

Tacolicious, Room 104-105, 34 Yuyao Lu, by Xikang Lu 余姚路34号1幢104-105室, 近西康路.

Atelier Cocktail Eatery

Fumin Lu's Atelier Cocktail Eatery has rebranded, with a fully updated cocktail and food menu. Owner Daniel An is bringing global tastes to the forefront with his world tour-themed cocktail lineup that takes curious drinkers from Ireland to Russia, from Thailand to the Caribbean... all in one night.

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Beginning with the Hokkaido Martini (RMB88), sake acts as the base spirit, stirred with Fernet, ginger liqueur and vermouth for a clean sip. The addition of a pickled Japanese ginger garnish adds a veritable pop of brightness.

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Heading next to Spain, One Night in Ibiza (RMB88) highlights Spain’s alcoholic beverage of choice – fino sherry – balanced by lemon, aloe and grapefruit bitters, finished with a savory Jamon Iberico crisp. 

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Tabasco brings the heat to the reimagined Cartel’s Paloma (RMB88), rimmed with lime salt...

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... while, on the other side of the globe, the Tom Yum Colada (RMB88) is all about the coconuts – infused in rum and blended into a purée, paired with tom yum spices and pineapple.

This tiki-meets-Thailand libation – a favorite from the now shuttered Atelier on Julu Lu – was thankfully resurrected here. 

DSC01683.jpgDrunk Beauty (RMB88), Image by Sophie Steiner/That's

Image by Sophie Steiner/That's

The food roster has also received a facelift, focusing now on Asian fusion, with dishes like wasabi aioli and tree tomato sauce-laden diced Sweet and Sour Razor Clams (RMB98), interspersed with chopped shrimp and glistening salmon roe beads. 

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We’ve had our fair share of tartares, but the DIY presentation of the Beef Tartar (RMB98) is more than a gimmicky attention grabber; the tart plum jelly compliments the shiso leaf’s earthy grassiness, while the surprising introduction of kimchi adds a fermented, sour funk.

A raw egg yolk brings forth a creamy element of fat we would ubiquitously see as the inclusion of mayonnaise.

Once mixed, the tartar is meant to be spooned atop puffed rice seaweed crackers that add a balance of umami, imparting a tried-and-true surf'n'turf profile.

READ MORE: Bargain, Balanced, Ballin’: 21 Tartares For All Budgets

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The Seafood Poke (RMB98) is just as much about playing with your food; a tableside toss of diced scallops, tuna, salmon, mango, avocado and tomato – slick with wasabi dressing – accompanied by crisp prawn crackers for scooping. 

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For more substantial offerings, the Spicy Beef with Tortilla (RMB98) centers around melt-in-your-mouth braised brisket, studded with pickled jalapeño rings, presented alongside a thick curry paste, fresh herbs and ruffled warm tortillas. 

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A play on the Taiwanese guabao, the Duck Leg Confit (RMB68) is served with fluffy charcoal mantou buns, meant to be stuffed to the brim with fall-apart-tender duck, a zippy coleslaw and a lashing of tangy papaya paste. 

DSC01735.jpgGrilled Tom Yum Chicken (RMB98), Image by Sophie Steiner/That's

Image by Sophie Steiner/That's

Charmoula-marinated tiger fish is roasted as the Paper Bag Fish (RMB168) with beech and button mushrooms, resulting in a crispy exterior and buttery flesh, speckled with African spices.

Unwrapped upon serving, the sizzling skin provides a crackly canvas for sopping up more of the simmering broth. 

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A buzz word-heavy dish, the Foie Gras Truffle Rice (RMB78) mellows these lux ingredients with a splash of rice wine vinegar and sweet soy sauce; the black truffle mainly coming through in an airy foam that hovers like a cloud over the steamed kernels. 

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Mustard mayo is drizzled atop crisp bamboo shoots, romaine lettuce, sharp endive and finished with Jamon Iberico chips as the Bamboo Salad (RMB55).

DSC01764.jpgLava Cake (RMB48), Image by Sophie Steiner/That's


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The waistline-conscious Seasonal Fruit Tart (RMB38) sees a cheesecake-like paste piped atop a sundried persimmon disc; a texture that emulates a sticky mochi cake. A smattering of seasonal fruits and nuts adorn the top. 

Atelier Cocktail Eatery, 291 Fumin Lu, by Changle Lu 富民路291号,近长乐路.

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