Hairy crab: Hairy crab season has finally arrived, meaning that hordes of crab fanatics will be scuttling their way towards every hairy crab restaurant, stand, and bicycle cart vendor in town. Get a jump on the hedonism by attending the all-you-can-eat hairy crab buffet at the Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Hotel Brasserie, which runs from October 1st until the last day of the month. Hurry though, the crowds are homing in and foaming at the mouth more than hairy crabs on dry land. Contact (0)21-3871-4888 for more info.
258RMB net // 5:30pm-9pm // Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Hotel // 100 Changliu Lu, near Yingchun Lu (上海淳大万丽, 长柳路100号, 近迎春路).
Yangcheng Lake hairy crab tour: Ever wonder where Shanghai’s most prized crustacean comes from? Every Saturday from October 20 to October 27, you can take a guided tour of the Lotus Island Fishing village in Yangcheng Lake, and get an inside look at hairy-crabbing. Afterwards, the tour will take you to Chongyuan Temple and the Guanyin statue before returning to Shanghai. The net price is 255RMB per person, and it includes the tour, bus ride, and lunch. Hairy crabs are not included, but you can have some prepared for a little extra. For booking and info email [email protected].
Wine dinner at Capo: On Friday, October 19th, the newly-opened Capo is putting on a five-course Tuscan wine dinner, featuring vintages from the Col d’Orcia winery. Eats include buratta and house-cured duck prosciutto, roasted beef marrow, and Capo row fish, all prepared in a rustic “cook-house” style.
680RMB net/pax // 7pm-welcome drink, 7:30pm wine dinner // Capo // Yifeng Galleria, 5/F, 77 Beijing Dong Lu, near Yuanmingyuan Lu (北京东路77号5楼, 近圆明园路).
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Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].