elcome to Gossip Fodder, where we babble on about new restaurants, cafes, and bars in Shanghai. This month: Brut Eatery Pudong, Roof 325, Pasha, Urban Diner Gastropub, and all the restaurants at The Shanghai Edition.
Refined American cuisine and dazzling views are the order of the day at Roof 325. Located on the top floor of the Shanghai History Museum, the restaurant pairs a panorama of the city’s skyline with Asian-influenced American dishes such as carpaccio with char siu sauce and black cod poached in XO sauce. Definitely sit outside if the weather is good.
5/F, Shanghai History Museum, 325 Nanjing Xi Road / 南京西路325号历史博物馆5楼
Urban Diner Gastropub
Urban Diner Gastropub closed their initial location at Joy City mall this May before reopening on Shaanxi Bei Road. Better location, same concept of a casual American restaurant and bar serving wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas, and more. They’re currently updating the menu to include dishes from the first iteration (created by chefs Sean Jorgensen and Anna Bautista of Highline fame) and new items from their latest chef. They also have plenty of deals such as ¥15 drafts of Coors Light all day on Tuesdays.
688 Shaanxi Bei Road 陕西北路688号
Brut Eatery (Pudong)
Brut Eatery expands across the Huangpu with their new Pudong location. It’s a family-friendly space with a kid’s corner, while parents get a wide range of wine and draft beer. They also strengthened their dinner menu with more sharing plates and bigger portions while keeping popular dishes including Korean-style organic pork ribs and New Zealand greenshell mussels.
Unit A, No.30, Zendai Big Thumb Plaza, 199 Fangdian Road / 芳甸路199弄30号1层
Pasha Turkish Restaurant
Pasha closed its longtime space on Nanchang Road to reopen right across the street in much bigger premises. There’s a bar downstairs and a huge dining room upstairs, with a space on the second floor for events such as jazz nights. The menu revolves around grilled dishes such as the mixed kebab platter, meat balls, and lamb shish kebab, and they have an extensive selection of beef including bone marrow, asado beef ribs, and T-bone steak.
125 Nanchang Road / 南昌路125号
Part one of the three new restaurants at The Shanghai Edition hotel on Nanjing Dong Road, this one from celebrated British chef Jason Atherton. Located on the first floor, his latest restaurant offers all-day dining with a menu of contemporary British cuisine such as this reimagined pork pie and hamachi ceviche with avocado, daikon, and wasabi sunflower seeds.
The Shanghai Edition
1/F, 199 Nanjing Dong Road / 南京东路199号1楼
On the second floor of The Shanghai Edition is Canton Disco, a Cantonese restaurant by Hong Kong’s Black Sheep Group, who’s responsible for places such as Ho Lee Fook in the territory. Named after a Hong Kong night club with the same name, Canton Disco updates classic Chinese dishes such as Berkshire pork char siu, lamb dandan noodles with crispy panko, and Wagyu carpaccio with snow ear fungus and smoked beef fat chili dressing, amped up by a soundtrack of 70s disco hits.
The Shanghai Edition
2/F, 199 Nanjing Dong Road / 南京东路199号2楼
Hiya is a Japanese izakaya-inspired restaurant and Atherton’s other venture in The Shanghai Edition. Perched on the 27th floor, the menu marries Japanese flavors with dishes from around the world such as king fish gyoza with summer green beans and this sushi rice with coconut and mango, and has a grill serving Wagyu sirloin and other items.
The Shanghai Edition
27/F, 199 Nanjing Dong Road / 南京东路199号27楼
Chop Chop Club and Unico
Bad news on the Bund front: Chop Chop Club and Unico has closed “due to commercial difficulties,” chef Paul Pairet said in a statement. Opened in March 2017, Chop Chop Club took over the food side of Unico and opened to fanfare. Despite the hype, “the new restaurant could not compensate for the unexpected, but inexorable drop of Unico’s bar and club activities,” Pairet said. “Ultimately, Unico could not find the resources to implement the strategic shift of the entire operation under The Chop Chop Club banner, and were compelled to stop abruptly the Shanghai operation.”