elcome to Gossip Fodder, where we babble on about new restaurants, cafes, bars, and menus in Shanghai. This month: Polux, Da Yi, Shinpaku, 3&Co., a second Funkadeli, and new offerings from Tai’an Table and Shanghai Tavern.
Da Yi (大一海鲜火锅)
Da Yi is a Hong Kong-style hot pot that has its sights on seafood. Run by the same folks behind Osteria and Oysterlicious, the restaurant imports fresh catch daily and diners can choose from more than 10 different soup bases that they drink first before cooking the meat in. The signature broth is made from chicken, Spanish ham, and shark fin, and they have another purely seafood version with clam, crab, shrimp, and abalone. Also popular is Australian oxtail and tomato soup.
418 Dagu Road
Nearest metro station: West Nanjing Road
Polux by Paul Pairet
Paul Pairet, the French chef behind famed Shanghai restaurants such as Ultraviolet and Mr & Mrs Bund, goes casual with this new concept called Polux in Xintiandi. It’s an all-day bistro slinging classic French fare from scrambled eggs in the morning to beef tartare for lunch. At night, they have mains such as grilled sea bass vierge, Iberico pork nicoise, and duck confit. Dessert includes baba au rhum, creme brulee, and the Mr & Mrs Bund favorite real French toast.
No.5, Lane 181, Taicang Road
Nearest metro station: South Huangpi Road
Shinpaku and 3&Co.
Shinpaku is Three on the Bund’s new izakaya overlooking Shanghai’s famed waterfront. There’s the regular Japanese pub fare – sashimi, sushi, tempura, and grilled items – but served in a classy space with an extensive sake collection. Alternatively, opt for the five-course menu at ¥488 per person with dishes such as cold tofu and salmon roe, sashimi, king prawn tempura, eel and rice, and dessert.
Shinpaku is also home to a speakeasy called 3&Co. The entrance is designed as an office that you’ll need a code to enter, and you can sip on Calamansi Gin Ricky or the pisco-based Palo Fashioned while listening to live music.
2/F, Three on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Road
Nearest metro station: East Nanjing Road
Funkadeli (Yanping Road)
Taking over Funka del Sur is Funkadeli, the Italian aperitivo bar owned by the same people. The interior has been slightly revamped and the food and drink menus remain the same as their Fumin Road branch, so those living in Jing’an don’t have to make the trek for their popular deals such as one-for-one pizza nights on Mondays and ¥10 bar snacks called cicchetti on Tuesdays. Additionally, Funkadeli Yanping is holding their grand opening party on April 13 with free-flow brunch, food and cocktail deals, and live music.
163 Yanping Road
Nearest metro station: Changping Road
Shanghai Tavern takes Champagne brunch up a notch by being the only place in town serving Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs. For either ¥588 (two courses) or ¥628 (three courses), you can have a glass of the 100 percent chardonnay sparkling wine with English pork pie, rye waffles with chicken, or scrambled eggs with buttered leeks. Then turn your attention to dinner at Tai’an Table as they usher in menu number 20. Spring ingredients feature heavily here with dishes such as white asparagus with Iberico ham, eggs, parsley, and butter, razor clams with a recreated paper crisp shell, and Yunnan morels with chicken mousse, confit leeks, and vin jaune, a savory wine from Jura, France.