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New Restaurants and Bars in Shanghai: December 2017

Rounding up the latest openings to try this month

New Restaurant in Shanghai: Jeju Izakaya

 

Featuring a monthly round up of the newest restaurants and bars in Shanghai, as seen in our reviews.

 

New Restaurants in Shanghai

New Restaurant in Shanghai: Jeju Izakaya

Jeju Izakaya

Address: 1095 Yuyuan Lu (near Jiangsu Lu) 愚园路1095号 (近江苏路)
WeChat: jejuizakaya

Any discerning diner would easily fall in love with Jeju Izakaya. Trust us, there are few finds like it left in this city. It’s an intimate eight-seater contemporary Korean restaurant with a lively atmosphere, impressionable service and memorable food. Like the setting, the food is all character. Go for the Jeju Seafood Ramen with Octopus (RMB98) and the Kimchi Tofu (RMB88). Reservations only through WeChat. It’s absolutely worth it. Restaurant of the year? We shall see. Read our review here. 

 

New Restaurant in Shanghai: La Boulangerie et Patisserie

La Boulangerie et Patisserie

Address: 480 Jianguo Xi Lu (near Yueyang Lu) 建国西路480号 (近岳阳路)

Despite its posh surroundings, Pierre Gagnaire’s bakery and cafe is as affordable as it comes for high grade pastries and breads. For those in the area, where bakeries are scarce, it’s perfect for grab-and-go.  Go for the Croissant aux Amandes (RMB20), an almond croissant with berries baked in. Croissants are RMB15 and Madeleines are RMB6. Opens at 8am. Read our write up here. 

 

New Restaurant in Shanghai: Le Pain

Le Pain

Address: 1502 Huaihai Zhong Lu (near Wulumuqi Zhong Lu) 淮海中路1502号 (近乌鲁木齐中路)

Chef/owner Michael Wendling of Cuivre has revamped his gourmet burger shop, CU2+ on Huaihai Zhong Lu, and has turned it into Le Pain, a bakery/café. On offer are baguettes (RMB15), Danishes (RMB18), pain au chocolat (RMB16), croissants (RMB14), and the like. Whatever you do, be sure to grab one of those meringues (RMB8 each). Read our write up here.

 

New Restaurant in Shanghai: Le Bistrot de Racine

Le Bistrot de Racine

Address: 609 Changde Lu (near Wuding Lu) 常德路609号 (近武定路)
Tel: 5271-5067

You’d think we’d tire of French bistros after the year we’ve had, but Le Bistrot de Racine is worth loosening our belts. It’s an elegant space in Jing’an with white table cloths and highly attentive service to match. The French classics here are well executed, including an impressive Beef Wellington (RMB288) and a  slow-roasted Wild Cod (RMB238) with cauliflower. Read our review here. 

 

New Restaurant in Shanghai: Vinism

Vinism

Address: 57 Dongzhu'anbang Lu (near Zhenning Lu) 东诸安浜路57号 (近镇宁路)
Tel: 3212-0759

It’s a quaint little wine bar on Dongzhu'anbang Lu that’s warm and inviting, and is the kind of place you'd just have to walk into if you discovered it on the street. The bar serves a small selection of wines hailing from France, Italy, Chile, Spain, and Australia, with a focus is on natural, organic, biodynamic wines, featuring mostly boutique labels. A glass will set you back anywhere between RMB40-65, which is quite reasonable. The interior isn’t much to shout about, but it’s casual and comfortable enough. Food is a blackboard menu of shareable eats. Their strengths? Go for the beef tongue and pork belly. Read our review here. 

 

New Restaurant in Shanghai: Fresh Catch

Fresh Catch

Address: L127-128, Lilac International Commercial Centre,  858 Dingxiang Lu (near Minsheng Lu) 丁香路858号丁香国际商业中心1楼L127-128 (近民生路)
Tel: 5080-9281

Rarely do we make the trek out to Pudong, but Fresh Catch’s promising menu was worth the hike. Located in the new Lilacs mall near the Exit-Entry Bureau, Fresh Catch does a solid surf and turf menu. The steaks are expertly done, and the food is well-priced. Read our review here. 

 

 

New Bars in Shanghai

New Bar in Shanghai: Barbarian

Barbarian

Address: 1019 Wuding Lu (near Jiaozhou Lu) 武定路1019号 (近胶州路)
Tel: 186-1609-0626

Barbarian is taking a back-to-basics approach, doing away with the cocktail menu and instead customizing each and every drink based on a unique flavor profile. Here, mixologist Sasha Bondi asks patrons to select their own alcohol base and preference on taste. The combinations are inventive and depending on what you order, don’t break the bank. Cocktails run from RMB60-120, and there’s a rooftop terrace space to enjoy them. Read our review here. 

 

New Bar in Shanghai: Ounce

Ounce

Address: E301-302, 3/F, United Valley, 462 Changle Lu (near Shaanxi Nan Lu) 长乐路462号集社东楼三楼e301-e302室 (近陕西南路)
Tel: 139-1875-7716

Ounce is jazzy. Ounce is reasonably priced. Ounce has a sweet little roof deck and a bar that’s easy on the eyes. It's a whisky bar in the United Valley complex that's managed to score a sweet space. The drinks come across as underdeveloped, but really, it shouldn't quite matter because the Brooklyn loft vibes are worth the trip. Read our review here. 

 

 New Bar in Shanghai: Club 3 1/3

Club 3 1/3

Address: 1/F, Three on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Guangdong Lu) 中山东一路3号外滩三号1楼 (近广东路) 
Tel: 6312-0931

Club 3 1/3 is the latest addition to the Bund nightlife scene. And despite its name, it’s a classier venue that calls for more than just a messy night of raging. The posh space is part lounge, part club and even has a pretty impressive food menu. As expected of a venue like this, it’s not easy on the wallet with cocktails above the RMB100 mark. Try the Geisha (RMB115), a prosecco and plum wine mix served in a teapot. For food, go for the Vietnamese spiced charred pork ribs (RMB225). Read our review here. 

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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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