Spring Festival: The holiday is around the corner, and for the first time in years we’ll be stuck in Shanghai, undoubtedly huddled under the covers and looking sorrowfully through our phone’s address book for anyone who might also be here to help brush away the loneliness. Since our ayi who cooks our grease-ridden meals will also be leaving us for the holiday, we’re going to have to trudge out into the snowy wilderness to eat. If any of you similarly cold and lonely souls are willing to join this Shanghaiist to pig out at places both old and new, here’s where you’ll find us:
- Kabb will be serving their popular weekend brunch every day from Feb 6-12 from 7am-4pm. For the first time, we can indulge in our favorite breakfast burritos for more than 2 consecutive days.
- We are praying that Il Panino is going to remain open so we can seriously indulge in their weekend brunch special, where 99 RMB between 12-4pm will get you all the panini you can eat. The special covers salads and other platters as well. Our favorite repeat order is the arancini, deep fried saffron rice balls with a cube of melted mozzarella in the middle. If you’re like us you’ll need to be carted out.
- WIth a long list of new venues that we have yet to try, we’ll make an effort to check out Kakadu, the new Australian-themed restaurant at what used to be our favorite bargain steak place (seems like eons ago). We wrote about this a few months ago, and now are eager to try it, especially after our friends at Just Beer gave it their thumbs up.
In openings/closings news:
- La Boite A Pizza has shuttered its doors for the moment. Sherpa’s has them moving to a new location. We never ate there, but it seems Dagu Lu is where most restaurants go to die.
- We hear the good folks at Zentral are looking for an experienced managing director to help with their expansion plans as they expect to double (from 3 to 6) their locations within the next two years. We tried to apply but apparently they are looking for people who are actually competent. Let us know if you know anyone…
- Cityweekend sat with Vincent, the owner of Haiku, who will be expanding his enterprise to Pudong but won’t be keeping the name. As long as they keep their rolls, we’ll be looking at more of a reason to cross the river (but we’ll probably just go to Haiku).
We love the readers who love us back: Loyal reader RW wrote to us, thanking us for recommending the churrasacaria place Samba a while back. At the time, we wrote that prices had dropped down to 78 RMB per person, but RW was dismayed to find that prices have returned to their 118 RMB level. He also had some slight problems with the ice cream (“it was the worst ice cream I have ever tasted anywhere!”), but was happy with the cheesecake. We are in turn happy with RW for sharing his thoughts with us; it gives this Shanghaiist joy in knowing his quest for meat made a difference in someone’s life.
Eric Hu is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news and gossip about Shanghai’s food scene to food at shanghaiist.com.