Black Pepper opening: Emre Gurel of Garlic fame takes Turkish upscale once again with Black Pepper, an elegant Taixing Lu spot that does away with the dirty water doners, and gives us lavish, but affordable set meals. Case in point: a 20-course set for only 228RMB! And it’s a veritable compendium of Turkish cuisine, starting with cold dishes like homemade yogurt with garlic, dill and crushed walnut paste (muhammara), proceeding to warm staples like dolmades (grape leaves filled with ground beef and spiced rice – think Turkish zongzi), and culminating in more varieties of grilled meats than you could shake a ‘skewer’ at.
Black Pepper // 2nd floor, bldg B, 89 Taixing Lu, near Wujiang Lu (泰兴路89号B幢2楼, 近吴江路). Tel: 138-1833-6837. Hours: 10am-10pm daily. Closest metro stop: Nanjing Xi Lu, Line 2.
China’s first cinnamon roll shop: US expats Jared and Heather Turner will turn their long-time dream into a reality when they open China’s first cinnamon roll shop, CinnaSwirl, early this fall! And their goal was achieved almost entirely through crowdfunding! Congrats guys! They’ll be starting construction on the store this coming month, but it looks like it won’t be unveiled until September. In the meantime, you can order cinnamon rolls for delivery at cinnaswirlchina.com.
The address will be 28 on 28 Yuyuan Road, Changde Road.
Montreal-style bagels hit Shanghai: Contrary to what we previously heard, only Tock’s will be serving the smoked meat ‘bagelwich’ and not the Pantry or Spread the Bagel. Fortunately, Spread the Bagel is offering the Montreal-style bagels that comprise the sandwich, and the Pantry may soon follow suit.
[Image via turkserecepte.nl]
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].