Kikaboni: Kikaboni is a joint enterprise by restaurateur Stephan Stiller of Stiller’s Restaurant fame and plush Moganshan resort Naked Retreats. Set in Moganshan’s Crouching Tiger-esque bamboo forests three hours out of Shanghai and sporting the slogan “private dining in nature” Kikaboni was designed not as night-out affair but a site you make a culinary pilgrimage to – think Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli.
Food’s minimalist but with an underlying complexity and includes such dishes as lobster over parsley risotto, cucumber-dill salad with lime sorbet, and more. A “pilgrimage” restaurant means pilgrimage prices, so expect to pay around 988RMB per person.
Kikaboni // 37 Shangxiazhuang village, Paitou Town, near Moganshan, Deqing County (省德清县, 莫干山镇老岭村三鸠坞). Tel: 400-9200-518.
Ochobo: Naoya Hirano of Sushi Oyama and ElEfante fame, has opened a new kaiseki spot in the same complex Oyama and Elefante. It serves tempura and grill offerings in the traditional tiny bites (hence the name “Ochobo” or “small mouth”), The 20-course set menu changes depending on what’s in season, and sets you back 580RMB, which is pretty reasonable for kaiseki.
Ochobo // Second Floor, 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu, Xuhui district (徐汇区东湖路20号2楼, 近淮海中路).
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].