Fat Mama: After cranking out delicious scratch-made pizzas and pastas for two years, Jing’an’s beloved Fat Mama is packing up and lurching its way to 425 Yanping Lu, where it’ll open up an even ‘fatter Mama and beer garden’ sometime in October. To honor the flagship’s passing, the portly pizzeria is inviting you to help empty their larders this Sunday, June 20. 200RMB gets you free-flow pizza and wine from 5-11pm.
200RMB // 5-11pm // Fat Mama // 1000 Changping Lu, near Yanping Lu (昌平路1000号, 近延平路).
La Boqueria: Another day another artisanal food boutique in Jing’an right? Fortunately, La Boqueria stands ‘head-cheese’ and ‘pork shoulders’ above the rest, in part due to the fact that Julian Ruiz, works for Epicure’s Choice, a purveyor which you may know from supplying Shanghai’s Spanish heavyweights like El Willy and El Patio.
La Boqueria, is what it’s Spanish definition suggests – a market and eatery in one. The ‘market’ portion sells everything from imported Spanish meats to cheeses to frozen seafood to baguettes to gourmet Spanish canned fish, olive oil – okay, I’m starting to sound like a manager rattling off inventory. Their fortes include their delicious and criminally-affordable wines and their cured meats (namely the paleto iberica shoulder cut for 148RMB, and the Gran reserva joselito for 398RMB). They also offer super rare frozen Carabinero prawns; foot-long, blood red pre-Cambrian-looking critters harvested from the deep waters of the Mediterranean.
Onto the cafe. Every Wednesday and Friday starting from 6pm, they hold a 3-course wine pairing dinner, and everyday from 6-10pm they open up the terrace (all day weekends) for tapas and wine sampling. And they’re super liberal with their daily samples.
La Boqueria // 397-399 Jiaozhou Lu, near Wuding Lu (胶州路397-399号, 近武定路). Tel: (0)21-3112-5552. Hours: 10am-10pm. Closest metro stop: Jing’an line 2/7.
Shanghai districts pondering night markets: The endangered night market could be making a comeback in Shanghai! The city’s Jiading, Fengxian and Qingpu districts are strongly considering erecting a network of night hawkers to replicate the success of Jinjiang Amusement Park, a grubby, but popular knockoff of Taiwan’s legendary Shilin Night Market. This is a good sign in a city where most “street news” concerns the culling of venerable institutions like Wujiang Road as if they’re early-stage Melanoma.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected]