Friday Muslim Market back in business: After shuttering this past May due to residents complaining about pollution from the stalls (presumably before lighting those totally pollution-free cigarettes and getting into those pollution-free vehicles), the Friday Muslim Market is back in business! It’s relocated a nudge from the corner of Changde Lu to the quieter Aomen Lu, but it still sells the same scrumptious selection of kebabs, rice pilafs, spiced lamb haunches, splayed rotisserie chickens, and of course, those scintillating fried mantou filled with juicy halal beef!
Friday Muslim Market // Aomen Lu, near Changde Lu (澳门路, 近常德路). Hours: 10am-3pm every Fri.
La Petanque: Formerly La Petite Saleya, La Petanque is another French cafe from the crew that brought you Cafe Des Stagiaires, but this one’s a little more whacked out. The homey decor’s sourced exclusively from Taobao, and a Boule Terrain (hence the name La Pentaque) is situated just outside the entrance – which seems like an accident waiting to happen, especially after patrons have knocked back a couple La Chouffes and Vedetts on draft, but it’s still pretty awesome. Food entails tapas like Chinese meatballs and sauteed clams and mains such as confit cod on squid ink rice and cote de bouef.
La Petanque // 139 Tainan Lu, near Huashan Lu, Xuhui district (徐汇区泰安路139号,近华山路). Tel: (0)21-6281-4891. Hours: 11am to 1:30am Tue-Sun.
Two new restaurants in the works from El Willy’s Willy Moreno: Barcelona Chef Willy Moreno is currently putting the finishing touches on two new eateries: Clandestino, a cocktail bar like El Cóctel but with a cigar lounge and a bigger emphasis on wine, and Tomatito, a Tapas bar that’s basically a mini-El Willy.
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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].