Pirata opening: Ling Huang, formerly of ElEfante and El Willy, has opened a new tapas restaurant and bar, Pirata, serving diverse global cuisine packaged into small bites (para picar). They also offer a diverse canned section, paella (88RMB, only available on Sundays), house-made chorizo (85RMB), Greek Steak gyros (115RMB), and fennel and octopus salad (68RMB). Best of all, they’re open until 1am!
Pirata // 136 Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu (乐路136号, 近襄阳北路). Tel: (0)21-5404-2327. Hours: 6pm-1am. Closest metro stop: South Shanxi Road, lines 1/10.
The Cut opening: As a native New Yorker, the two things I miss most are real bagels and a good steak. I haven’t been able to find the former, but increasingly, the latter is coming more available with openings like The Cut: a no frills steak spot by the guys behind Bar Rouge and Mr and Mrs Bund. All the staples make an appearance here, including a masterful steak frites. They offer three grades of beef, which we’ve listed in order of ascending quality; Canadian Prime (218RMB per 180 grams), Qingdao grain-fed (258RMB per 280 grams), and Australian wagyu (558RMB).And don’t worry they’ve also got plenty of “Bambi food,” here in the form of your obligatory steakhouse salad bar. But as far as we’re concerned, at a steakhouse, fries fill that niche.
The Cut // IAPM Mall, 6-7/F, 606, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu (淮海中路999号6楼606, 近陕西南路). Tel: (0)21-6443-5136. Hours: 11am-11pm. Closest metro stop: South Shanxi Road.
Through the grapevine: These aren’t set and stone, but Brothers Kebab is opening a new location soon (so keep an eye/tongue out), and the Camel has revamped their menu (so check it out).
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].