Liquid Laundry: After conquering Shanghai’s craft beer and vegetarian scenes, the Boxing Cat brew crew plans to take the gastro-pub scene by storm too with Liquid Laundry, their newest venture in the K. Wah Center. Having soft-opened several days ago, it’s a bit early for a review, but it’s essentially the same formula as Boxing Cat – Michael Jordan’s winning microbrews meet chef Sean Jorgensen’s winning microbrew accompaniments – except on testosterone. They offer a much broader selection of fare than Boxing Cat, including wood-fire pizzas with scratch-made Merguez (North African Lamb Sausage), homemade charcuterie, and bacon corn bread with maple butter that features real maple syrup. None of that congealed sugar water. All are to be washed down with Brewmaster Michael Jordan’s characteristically zany, but delicious brew concoctions like Tripel Threat, a Belgian-style beer containing ginger and Sichuan peppercorn.
Liquid Laundry // K. Wah Centre, 2/F, 1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Donghu Lu (淮海中路1028号, 嘉华房2/F, 近东湖路). Tel: (0)21-6445-9589. Hours: 5am-midnight. Closest metro stop: South Shanxi Road, lines 1/10.
Unagi opening: Tired of making that pilgrimage out to Gubei every time you have a hankering for Japanese grilled eel? You’re in luck, Taiwan-native Karen Chen of Jianguo 328 has brought grade A unagi to the French concession with the opening of her first Japanese restaurant, Unagi. No frozen filet-o-eel here, Unagi sources its namesake squirmingly fresh from a Fujian fish factory which exports live eels to Japan. They’ve also brought on board a Tokyo unagi maven to help hone the skills their her local cooks. If eel’s too squiggly for your liking, they also serve some spanking Japanese fried chicken.
Unagi // 342 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, near Wuyuan Lu (乌鲁木齐中路342号, 近五原路). Tel: (0)21- 6438-7383. Hours: 11am-10pm daily. Closest metro stop: Changshu Road, lines 1/7.
Ceviche closes down: Ceviche, our favorite of the Eduardo Vargas raw fish and lime depots, has unfortunately closed down. Vargas hopes to recreate the magic with the opening of El Bodegon, a similar ceviche spot with more fusion-y touches in Jing’an (review coming soon).
El Bodegon // 4th floor, 83 Changshu Lu, near Changle Le (常熟路83号4楼,近长乐路). Tel: (0)21-3160-3850. 11am-11pm daily. Closest metro stop: Changshu Road, lines 1/7.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].