Eating out in Shanghai – Part III 

Eating out in Shanghai – Part III 

The rate at which we try new restaurants has slowed down a bit, because we have started to revisit some and are often pretty lazy during the week and get food delivered. Have I mentioned that I love Sherpas? 🙂 So here is part III of the Shanghai restaurant review with 10 more places we or I have recently eaten at.

Taste & See – Australian 

Taste & See describe themselves as a Melbourne Bistro. I went here with some colleagues and we ordered a good variety: avocado and quinoa salad, a smoked salmon appetizer, 2 seafood dishes and lamb. All the food looked beautiful and was very tasty (I didn’t try the lamb so I can’t judge that). Especially the seafood rice was yummy. They just reopened so the location looks nice and the service was pretty good as well.

Black Pepper – Turkish 

I had a work dinner after an all day workshop at Black Pepper. Work dinners usually mean a fixed menu with lots of choices. I’m not a huge fan of Turkish food but everything was pretty good. I liked the appetizers we had, especially the dips and fried vegetable patties. The chicken from the main course was also nice and the dessert was okay, nothing too exciting. The location is cool and they have a nice terrace upstairs, but I’m not sure I’ll come back – too many other nice places to try in Shanghai 🙂

Hai by GOGA – North American 

This was another work dinner and I sat across my bosses boss, so I didn’t take any pictures. We again got a good variety of food. We had tuna, scallops, a salad with salmon, lamb, rib eye … Everything was really good. My highlight was the dessert, a super rich chocolate mousse with some crunchy stuff on the bottom. The location is a bit hard to find, you have to go around the back of the building and enter through a hotel. The restaurant is on the 7th floor and from the terrace you overlook the French Concession, so it might also be a good spot for some drinks.

Long time ago – Barbecue

As you can see in the pictures, you barbecue your own food at the table here. It’s a cool system: you just place the skewers in the openings and the little chain which runs around the grill turns them automatically. After watching you food being cooked you then eat it dipped in a spice mix and chili sauce. Their specialty is lamb, which was pretty good and we also had chicken wings, sausage, mushrooms wrapped in bacon and kidneys which I did NOT eat those after the lung disaster. On the side we got some eggplant, salad, cold noodle soup (like the one we tried in Seoul), and peanuts in a vinegar sauce, which I really liked. Overall, the food didn’t blow me away but it’s a fun experience and I think a good winter activity with friends – the grill really keeps you warm.

Ganesha – Indian

This place got introduced to us as the best money for value Indian food in Shanghai. While I’ve had better Indian food, it was good and you definitely can’t beat their prices: We were 4 people and had pappadoms (lentil wafers), 4 main dishes, 3 different types of naan, rice, juice and beer and each paid just under 10 Euros. The mains we got were Mutton Keema, Chicken Korma, Paneer Makhani (Cheese) and Baingan Bhantha (eggplant). It’s inside a mall and the restaurant is pretty basic and not too cozy but if you are looking for some cheap, quick Indian food, this is the place.

Cobra Lily – Southeast Asian

Cobra Lily is in Xintiandi, a nice little area with brick houses, trees and lots of restaurants. So it wasn’t really a surprise that it was pretty expensive there. We had a nice dinner with a good mix of dishes: A mint and fried goat cheese salad, beef tartare, prawn cake spring rolls and smoked pork neck with rice noodles. I had to surrender after a few bites of the goat cheese mint salad, it was very good but super spicy. My favorite dish was the beef tartare. They had some pretty interesting sounding desserts so of course we had to get some 🙂 Thorben had green tea meringue with dark chocolate dried plum ganache and coffee ice cream (except for the chocolate-plum not my thing at all but he really liked it) and I had chamomile pannacotta with frozen white chocolate mousse and berry sorbet – yum!

Tribe – Healthy

The outside sitting is nice and so are the juices and smoothie. The food is a bit too much on the “gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, raw and super healthy” side for me. It’s not that I don’t like healthy or vegan food in general, it’s a nice change to all the meat and oil sometimes. My smoothie bowl looked pretty and the granola and fruit in there were good but once I ate the toppings, the dragonfruit with quinoa was just very bland. Thorben also wasn’t the biggest fan of his “Organic Breakfast for Champions”. We’ve gone back once in the afternoon to just have a juice and some snacks: The marbled “Cheesecake” and some Almond-Parmesan Crisps. Again it was okay, but nothing to rave about.

Loop & Carbon, Love Only One Person – Japanese

I couldn’t find the restaurant online but I swear that’s what it said on the sign 🙂 We went there with Pearl, Shane and 2 of her friends after an intense hour at Jump360. Shane’s friend got a groupon so we had a big menu with lots of different food for around 15 Euros each. I think I missed 3 dishes in the pictures and also the dessert (ice cream). I liked their sushi and tempura shrimp and most of the other things we ate, but I didn’t try the beef tongue 🙂

Funkadeli – Italian

Funkadeli is in a little restaurant area close to where we live and I finally tried it when I met a friend of a friend for the first time. She is Italian and suggested it, so that was already a good sign 🙂 The have a good happy hour and we had some appetizers first: Spanish tortilla, mozzarella, tomatoes and pine nuts and some smoked salmon – all good. We also had a pizza that was really delicious. As dessert I tried the “chocolate salami” just because it sounded funny. It’s chocolate with biscuit and nuts. It was alright but according to the Italian expert a bit too sweet and not enough nuts and biscuit. I’ll definitely go back because the location is cool and prices are super reasonable (pizza is only half of what it costs at Gemma!). They also do brunch so we might go there this weekend.

The Refinery – American 

Another Xintiandi restaurant, in the middle of Taicang Road, with lots of awesome outdoor seating. I loved the atmosphere and would just go back for that but the food unfortunately didn’t blow us away. Thorben rated it 6/10. The menu is big and I had spinach and artichoke dip and fish and chips and Thorben had avocado and salmon tartar and a grilled salmon dish. Nothing really stood out and the mocktails were way too sweet but we still had a very nice evening sitting outside and watching the city lights.

3 Replies to “Eating out in Shanghai – Part III ”

  1. Hallo Marina und Thorben, kennt ihr eigentlich schon die „East Eatery“ in Tianzi Fang? Chef ist Stefan Stiller, ein in Shanghai bekannter ehemaliger und aktueller Sternekoch. Er hat auch noch das „Tai an“, das aktuell auf der Michelin Liste einen Stern hat. In der E E gibt es im 2. Stock ein nettes Restaurant, im 1. sieht es nach Fastfood aus, dort gibts die leckeren mi Bao mit Schweinebauch.
    I miss it.

    1. Laut Smart Shanghai haben beide zugemacht 🙁 Die East Eatery soll aber laut Webseite 2018 an einem anderen Ort öffnen, dann können wir das hoffentlich probieren!

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