elcome to Gossip Fodder, where we babble on about new restaurants, cafes, and bars in Shanghai. This month: HaoNoodle, Kanpai Wine Club, Red Lobster, and Pistolera. Gone, however, are D.O.C and Pret A Manger.
Kanpai Wine Club
Kanpai Wine Club is a rebranding of Kanpai Classic, a Japanese barbecue restaurant that opened in Three on the Bund about a year ago. The Taiwanese-run chain specializes in dry-aged Australian Wagyu and now they’re pairing high-end wines to go along with it. Many bottles come from niche producers or highlight an indigenous grape variety, and the restaurant has a strong line up of grower champagnes too.
2/F, Three on the Bund, 17 Guangdong Road
Nearest metro station: East Nanjing Road
HaoNoodle is run by the same people behind the popular Madam Zhu’s Kitchen. They launched the concept in New York in 2016 before setting up their first Shanghai branch in Pudong last year. Noodles are the name of the game here, and they range from dan dan mian to crab meat and clam noodles, at prices between ¥18 to ¥88. Other items include roasted squab, beef Bourguignon, braised pork intestines, and soy milk pudding with black sesame ice cream. There’s a decent wine list too with Beaujolais producer Marcel Lapierre a highlight.
5/F, Century Link Plaza, 1192 Century Avenue
Nearest metro station: Century Avenue
Red Lobster, the world’s largest seafood restaurant company, kicked off their China takeover with a first branch at IFC Mall in Pudong. They’ve taken the restaurant in a slightly more upscale direction but many signature food items, such as the live Maine lobster, the Ultimate Feast, and their much-loved Cheddar Bay biscuits, remain. There are also some China-only dishes such as the New England bake and oven roasted Icelandic halibut.
LG1-20-1, Shanghai IFC Mall, 8 Century Avenue
Nearest metro station: Lujiazui
Mexican restaurant and bar Pistolera opens their third location above The Blind Pig on Nanyang Road. You can get their crowd-favorite tacos, burritos, and quesadillas here alongside new dishes like pollo borracho (Spanish for drunk chicken) and tamales. They also have a lunch menu every weekday from 11am to 3pm consisting of fajitas, burritos, and a Mexican-style bibimbap.
2/F, 132 Nanyang Road
Nearest metro station: West Nanjing Road
Italian restaurant D.O.C becomes the latest Dongping Road casualty after its final day on December 31, 2018. But they won’t be gone long as they plan to relocate to Dagu Road soon. British cafe chain Pret A Manger, however, has completely pulled out of China. They launched here in 2014 and had two stores in Shanghai, but cut their losses last month.