New menu at Mexo at the Bund: Mexo at the Bund expands its list of Mexican favorites, adding tacos, empanadas, chimichangas (okay, some Tex-Mex), and new desserts. Highlights include their tacos with pickled shallots and both red and green salsas (30RMB), sausage empanadas (55RMB), pork carnitas (150RMB), red enchiladas with pork carnitas and cheese, and mucho mucho more.
Mexo at the Bund // Wharf 1846, Room 114, Block 3, 601 Waima Lu, near Zhuhangmatou Jie (外马路601号3号楼114室, 近竹行码头街). (0)21-3330-0977. Hours: 11am-10:30pm daily.
Formosa opening: Outside of Shanghai’s Taiwanese enclaves in Hongqiao, Minhang, or Jingqiao, Taiwanese rice and noodle dishes are too often a tutorial in blandness, and not representative of Taiwanese cuisine. That all changes with the opening of Formosa, an offshoot of the larger outlet in Century Park, that serves vibrant, aromatic lurou fan (28RMB per set), robust hong shao rou noodles (38RMB) and more. It helps that the helmsman hails from Taiwan.
Formosa // 39 Anfu Lu, by Changshu Lu (安福路39号, 近常熟路). Tel: (0)21-5403-3400.
Porto Matto: New Italian opens up in that Changshu Lu strip housing Fortune Cookie and Xibo, previously the only relatively Italian-deprived area of Shanghai. It offers your standard Caprese salads, carpaccios, pastas and more, but better executed. We recommend the four cheese gnocchi (RMB98).
Porto Matto // 2F, 83 Changshu Lu, near Julu Lu (常熟路83号2楼, 近巨鹿路). Tel: (0)21-6417-7577. Hours: 5-10:30pm.
Sprout Lifestyle: Sprout Lifestyle has spread its green thumb to Minhang, where it’s latest store has opened. More details to come!
Sprout Lifestyle: Unit 138, Fashion Park, 569 Yunle Road.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].