If you love pizza, pasta, risotto and the rest, then no doubt you’ve come across some shocking examples of pseudo-Italian cuisine in Shanghai. However, the experience of one Shanghaiist reader at Babela’s Kitchen, the newest establishment in the Food Park on the corner of Beijing Lu and Jiangning Lu, was truly scary.
“I found a shard of glass as big as my little finger in my risotto, after I’d already put it in my mouth. As it was my last bite, I could have potentially eaten more pieces. I informed the staff, who only seemed slightly concerned, so I refused to pay, and returned to the office to ponder my possibly imminent demise. The staff also had the nerve to charge my friend 5 RMB after I left for a drink I’d had.”
Fortunately the reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, has not yet shown any symptoms of massive internal hemorrhaging (though apparently it can take two weeks for glass to work its magic from within the human body).
Perhaps the Munchesque figure clutching at its lips in agony in the store’s logo should have been a clue as to what to expect if you dine there. In any event, Shanghaiist politely suggests that anyone else wishing to keep their internal organs intact STAYS THE HELL AWAY FROM BAOELA’S KITCHEN.
In non-fatal fast-food news, one place that Shanghaiist does happily recommend is Hello Pizza, though our world was rocked when we heard they’d raised the price of their legendary 10 RMB pepperoni pizza to 25 RMB. That a pizza with meat was priced lower than one with just cheese always made us a little suspicious, though our inherent cheapness always won out in the end. Fortunately, the abomination of cuisine that is their fruit pizza is now also 25 RMB rather than 10 RMB, so even in the lean week before pay day we won’t be tempted by such a wrongness.
1060-1068 Beijing Xilu 2F B-1-2 (by Jiangning Lu)
205 Nan Jing Xi Rd. (南京西路205号)