Robert Deniro’s Project 179: Legendary US movie actor Robert Deniro has teamed up with the Shanghai Bund investment group to open a series of fine-dining restaurants on the Bund! Modeled after 1920s Shanghai establishments, the restaurants will be part of a larger entertainment complex Named Project 179 (after a city-designated tract of land) that includes a cinema, shopping center, and five-star hotel (insert Casino reference here). Says Deniro, “by ensuring a design that reflects the vibrant history of Shanghai, Project 179 can serve as a jewel in its crown: ushering in a bright future while paying homage to its rich and storied past.” Wonder what he’ll say when testing the restaurants’ food before they open: “Don’t overcook it. You overcook it, it’s no good. It defeats its own purpose.” The complex is slated for 2016.
“Bagel sausage balls” now available at the Pantry: Pantry founders Amelia Heaton-Renshaw and Christine Asuncion, present their new “bagel sausage ball!” While Heaton-Renshaw had originally hoped to make a hot dog wrapped in a bagel combination for Pantry customers, it was a bit too much. Instead, they have opted for this bagel baozi of sorts. It takes two days to make, with the bagels fermenting for 12 hours and then filled with the meatball as the final touch. Both Heaton-Renshaw and Asuncion were quite happy with the final product, and as Heaton-Renshaw said about the decision to switch from a hot dog to a baozi style product, “It just seemed like sausage wasn’t enough for me.” So they switched to the bagel balls instead (get your minds out of the gutter)
The bagel sausage ball creation is actually quite tasty and for 10RMB, it is a surprisingly filling meal. While it may have about 1000 times more calories than a baozi, it is well worth the destruction of your diet for the day. The bagel coating is quite dense, and you might have to dig a bit to find the meat, but the pairing of bagel and sausage is a great combo once you get to the heart of the bagel baozi ball. Customers within a two kilometer radius of the Wulumuqi Lu store will soon be able to order “bagel sausage balls” online through their site.
The Pantry // 205 Wulumuqi Nan Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu. (乌鲁木齐南路205号, 近建国西路) Hours: 7am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm Sat-Sun. Delivery hours: 8am-4pm, Sat-Sun. Tel: 138-1871-9543.
Brothers Kebab: Donghu Road’s new Doner kebab depot, Brother’s Kebab opened its doors this week! Check out our early review here.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected]