Urban Thai 2: A tasty and affordable homestyle Thai depot in a city where the norm is mediocre Thai whacked with Western price tags, Urban Thai was ripe for a sequel. Urban Thai 2 recently opened on Dagu Road. It serves the same beloved steamed sea bass, fish cakes, and curries as the flagship store, just for the People’s Square peeps.
Urban Thai 2 // 393 Dagu Road, near Chengdu Bei Lu (大沽路393号, 近成都北路). Tel: (0)21-6327-1800. Hours: 11am-11pm. Closest metro stop: Peoples Square, Lines 1/2/8.
Chala Tapas & Bar: From the mind behind Bistro Burger (which Chala Bar is situated next to) comes this new concept specializing in cocktails with pisco, South American grape brandy, as well as wines and of course, tapas. Pisco cocktails all cost 48RMB. Tapas set you back 38-78RMB, and main courses feature the likes of rib eye with piquillo sauce (258RMB) and pan-fried tilapia (188RMB).
Chala Tapas & Bar // A Mansion, 1/F, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu (富民路291号1楼, 近长乐路). Tel: (0)21-6076-1925. Hours: 5pm-2am Tues-Sun. Closest metro stop: South Shanxi Road, Lines 1/10.
Boxing Cat Brewery Hongqiao: Your favorite American Brewhouse is opening an outlet in Hongqiao, slated for September. Another project, Liquid Laundry, is currently underway as well. More details to come. Stay tuned.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].