Welcome to Gossip Fodder, where we babble on about new restaurants, cafes, and bars in Shanghai. This month: Le Pain, Kru, Club 3 1/3, and BoBoLEE Cake Cafe.
Opening in the Hengshan Road compound with Colca and Styx as neighbors, Kru is a French bistro with an Architectural Digest subscription. The exterior is all white walls and black lines, and the brassy interior looks like a hip church. The food is more pared back, with a focus on simple French fare like the smoked sea bass carpaccio in the photo on top, with rocket, orange, zucchini, and lemon zest.
📍 199 Hengshan Road | 衡山路199号
Le Pain is chef Michael Wendling’s new French bakery. Located on the ground floor (the burger joint CU2+ and T for Thai are upstairs), there’re croissants, pain au chocolats, baguettes, and danishes, together with their signature pavés, which are small, round breads. Le Pain bakes them in four flavors: rustic, cereal, olive, and hazelnut and honey.
📍 1502 Middle Huaihai Road | 淮海中路1502号
BoBoLEE Cake Cafe
Across the road from Capella hotel is the new BoBoLEE Cake Cafe by designer-turned-pastry chef Bobo Lee. The man is known for his pared-back yet delicate wedding cakes, and he applies his minimalistic palate to his latest venue. Green plants burst from stark white walls, and the desserts are streaked with vibrant colors. For java, they’ve gone with German roasters Hanover Coffee, who roast their beans in Hunan.
📍 481 Jianguo Road | 建国西路481号
Club 3 1/3
Club 3 1/3 is what happens when a PR expert and a New York architect build a bar together. Slung around the corner on the ground floor, there’re velvet ropes, soft drapes, and marble tabletops, plus gold trim and lighting that draw eyeballs to its 15 feet ceiling. Bottle service typically rules in a place like this, but the lounge is also doing Caviar Wednesdays, where the coveted roe is paired with shots of vodka. Just don’t forget to dress fancy.
📍 3 East Zhongshan Yi Road | 中山东一路3号