Every few days our team will scour Shanghai’s dining scene for scrumptious dishes that’ll fill your belly without emptying your savings. Not to discriminate, we’ll search everywhere from bicycle carts to chic venues with twenty-course tasting menus, knowing that any spot could have the next Dish of the Day.
Despite its many kinks, Shanghai’s Western dining scene evolves everyday. Only a few years back we were hard-pressed to find edible Italian or American food in Shanghai (still are to some extent), but now, with the opening of Brian and Richard Tock’s eponymous restaurant, we can enjoy something as niche as Montreal deli meats. And delicious ones at that.
Now I’ve never been to Montreal, so I can’t vouch for Tock’s authenticity, however my Montreal compatriots claim their food is spot-on. And regardless, they beat out any other Shanghai deli. The Tocks import their AAA Angus beef brisket from Australia, and cure for it for two weeks with a blend of “secret” spices geared specifically to the Chinese market, before smoking it for a full day. The end product is fatty and smoky with a slight chew, and the best way to experience it is in Tock’s three-tiered reuben (88RMB small, 98RMB large); two stories of tender maroon brisket, homemade sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese squished between three pieces of Glo London’s rye bread.
You can choose to have your meat lean, medium or fatty – go with medium or fatty, you’re not eating a triple-decker sandwich with cured meat and fries to shed pounds. The crisp, home-brined pickles and vinegar rather than mayo-based coleslaw help cut the richness.
Tock’s – 221 Henan Zhong Lu, near Fuzhou Lu, Huangpu district (黄浦区河南中路221号, 近福州路). Tel: 152-2113-3516. Hours: 11am-5pm daily.
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