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Comfort Food at Crafted by Bistro Burger

A breezy terrace in the new Yong Ping Li complex

American food in Shanghai: Crafted by Bistro Burger

 

From the same people behind Bistro Burger comes Crafted, an American restaurant, serving everything from ribs to burgers and nachos to steaks. All those things that make everything in America—especially waistlines—bigger. It’s one of the first tenants in Yong Ping Li, a new and still-quiet F&B compound, and it sports a desirable rooftop terrace.

 

 

American food in Shanghai: Crafted by Bistro Burger

 

The Mussels (RMB108) are a great place to start. They come with a creamy cheese and beer sauce. It’s surprisingly delecate, and accentuates the flavor of the fresh mollusks, when it could easily drown it out.

 

 

There is an entire page dedicated to four varieties of ribs. It’s clear that they want this to be the main attraction. The BBQ Pork Ribs (RMB88/single, RMB158/double portion) aren’t quite fall-off-the bone bone tender. You’ll have to work for it a little by gnawing the bones clean. Portion sizes are acceptable, though, as is the flavor. But, honestly there are better options around town.  

 

American food in Shanghai: Crafted by Bistro Burger

 

Crafted’s Lobster Macaroni and Cheese (RMB158) is far more impressive. Half a lobster swims in a skillet of pasta and tangy cheese. It’s arguably the most popular item on the menu. It tends to sell out, too. So order early and often to avoid disappointment.  

 

American food in Shanghai: Crafted by Bistro Burger

 

Buried somewhere near the back of the menu is Crafted’s Suckling Pig (RMB228). This is a mistake, because if there is any reason to dine here it is this dish. It isn’t much to look at, but the second your knife shatters the brittle shell of roasted skin, you know you’re plunging into something special—layers after layer of fork-tender meat and custardy ribbons of fat. And that’s before you even get aound to the pork reduction and pineapple salad they serve alongside it.

 

American food in Shanghai: Crafted by Bistro Burger

 

One final reason to check out Crafted: you won’t find any border walls on this menu of American eats. They do quality hard-shell tacos. Go for the Shrimp Taco (RMB30) with chipotle aioli and guacamole and the Cod Fish Taco (RMB35). 

 

Our Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

Details

What: Crafted by Bistro Burger

Address: No. 101, 199 Hengshan Lu (near Yongjia Lu) 衡山路199号101室(近永嘉路)

Tel: 5427-0757

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Rachel Gouk
Rachel Gouk is the Managing Editor at City Weekend Shanghai. She's a ball-buster, but manages to charm her way back into people's good graces. Likes food, cooking, photography and heavy metal.

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