es, it’s only May and your armpits are sweatier than a fat middle-aged man shuffling to the Filipino cover band at Big Bamboo on a Saturday night. Thankfully, a number of restaurants around town have come up with new dishes that will help you cool off. Here are four of them.
California chop-chop salad at Deli Boys
Smoked meat slingers Deli Boys recently expanded their menu to include items such as pasta, grilled salmon, chicken matzo ball soup, and this chop-chop salad. True to form, everything is cut up: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, radicchio, edamame, sun dried tomato, roasted sweet corn, red and white cabbage, dried cranberry, red and yellow bell peppers, toasted almond, fresh herbs, sliced crispy wonton skin, and cheddar, which are all tossed together with a lemon vinaigrette. Comes in two sizes, either ¥32 or ¥58.
Lane 710 Dingxi Road / 定西路710弄
Tartara frutti di mare at Lago
The Bellagio hotel’s Italian restaurant lets you play chef with this do-it-yourself seafood tartare. On your main plate are four kinds of meat: Madagascan tuna, Japanese scallop, French mussels, and Norwegian salmon, which you can customize with avocado, roe, cucumber, onion, mustard, herbs, and spices. Like a food version of a choose-your-own-adventure book, but without any dead ends. The tartare is only available as a part of Lago’s new weekend brunch set, which gets you two courses and a dessert buffet for ¥238.
Lago by Julian Serrano
6/F, 188 North Suzhou Road / 北苏州路188号6楼
Tenderloin tournedos béarnaise at Zeitgeit
In Western Europe, white asparagus comes into bloom from late April to June and they’re so revered that restaurants plan menus around it. Bavarian eatery Zeitgeit is doing the same here with theirspargelsaison(asparagus season) menu, which features eight dishes based around the white vegetable that they get from Shandong province (side note: the color comes from covering the shoots in soil, which deprives them of sunlight and the resulting lack of photosynthesis). This dish sees asparagus blanched in the same vegetable stock, slathered with béarnaise, and served with tenderloin and buttered potatoes. On the menu for ¥168.
537 Haifang Road / 海防路537号
Pandan Rice Pudding, tropical fruits, aloe vera, and mango sorbet atPhénix
Phénix, the one Michelin-starred French restaurant at the Puli hotel, takes acue from Southeast Asia for this tropical flavored dessert on their latest spring menu. There’s mango, passionfruit, aloe vera, and coconut chips, which mingle with a glutinous rice pudding scented with pandan leaf. Crowning the top is a mango sorbet, sliced to look like the fruit folded open. Get it for ¥95.
Phénix Eatery & Bar
2/F, 1 Changde Road / 常德路1号二楼