Here’s what’s happening in food news around Shanghai.
Stay-at-home diners rejoice! Sherpa’s latest menu booklet now includes 101 restaurants (up 24 from the last edition), along with 18 wines available for under 100 RMB. American hotspots Bubba’s and Shanghai Brewery are featured, along with three new Chinese venues, Sushi Abuse, and pizza-vore paradise, Ello Amici’s, along with many others. Restaurant menus are available at the Sherpa’s website here.
Sherpa’s is also holding a new caption contest where the winner can take home up to 1,000RMB, so brush up on those one-liners! Oh and while we’re on the topic, you should check out SmartShanghai’s excellent interview with Sherpa’s founder Mark Secchia.
In other food news, the new Mexican eatery Hacienda has opened up on the second floor of Zapata’s. You’d be quite the Debbie Downer to go to Hacienda and not have a decent time, what with all the flowing tequila, chicken wings and other down-home Mexican fare that makes us wistful for the Hispanic grandmother’s cooking we never knew. Our first question was how the whole concept works, seeing as they are completely connected to the raucous boozers below on Zapata’s first floor. It seems to run smoothly enough – 10 or 11pm rolls around, the music cranks up and bar-goers searching for a quieter option can post up at Hacienda’s tables.
Speaking of new venues, you can also check out Catch, the second (yes, second) gourmet fish and chips bar to open on the blossoming Yongkang Lu.
And there’s been a change-up on Changle Lu, where Avalon has closed its doors and a new Eastern European concept called Bloc has taken over the space. Mike Solovey (former chef of Boxing Cat Brewery, certifiably of Ukrainian decent) and Shahla Salih (owner of Urban Thai) are teaming up on what will hopefully be a refreshing addition to the usual options.
For those of you fed up with your typical scrawny dim sum bites, from now until Sunday, April 1 the Waldorf Astoria’s Wei Jing Ge is offering all you can eat dim sum for only 188RMB (plus 15% surcharge). If your more a fan of mussels, mark your calendar for Thursdays, when Shasha’s is pouring forth mollusks steamed in butter, garlic, and white wine. All you can eat (I repeat: ALL YOU CAN EAT) from 6pm to midnight, including a few Belgian beers, at the appetizing price of 250RMB. Not bad.
On a less gluttonous note, all ladies who’ve enjoyed either the weekly Jade on 36 (278RMB) or Nadaman (420RMB) lunch deals can now learn how to whip up equally scrumptious creations at home by attending a March 29 cooking class hosted by Jade on 36’s Franck-Elie Laloum at the Pudong Shangri-La.