Greek munching: The Fat Olive, another recent David Laris project, serves some pretty good food. It’s just that there’s not very much of it. We went there a couple of weeks back and became smitten with the burger, which is served open-faced on a pita that cushions the drizzling juice from the tender, glazed patty. The meat on the kebabs were big, succulent, with a hint of spice but overwhelming original in flavor. A basket of toasted pita and tangy tzatziki were able sidekicks. But as far as mains go, that’s about it. The Fat Olive is more for imbibing than it is is for eating, what with that huge terrace and the glam view of Pudong. Snacking on some simple Greek offerings is probably the more operative term. Check it out.
Comfort sandwiches: New restaurant Southern Belle looks to wrap up construction and throw itself upon the city. According to their website: “Southern Belle represents a combination of a Bar and Restraurant [sic] for the discerning US Southerner, with both an extensive bar and delightful sandwiches.” Located on Changle Lu near Xiangyang Lu (where a forgettable bistro used to reside, as we recall), we are curious what discerning US Southerners eat besides sandwiches with their booze. Grand opening is on June 6th at 2 pm. (thanks to @terencelau for the tip!)
CW Readers’ Choice, and rebuttal: As we mentioned a few days ago, the winners of City Weekend’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards were announced last week at a big bash and in the May 28th issue. Now, there’s some gentle hoi polloi backlash from a local chef at some of the results, which you can read here. Personally, we’re all for Cantina Agave winning for best newcomer, since, well, we had that religious experience the first time we ate there.
The Fat Olive – 6th Floor, 228 Xizhang Lu, near Huaihai Lu (西藏路228号6楼, 近淮海路) Tel: 6334-3288 Hours: 9:30am – late
Eric Hu is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news and gossip about Shanghai’s food scene to food at shanghaiist.com.