A recently revamped menu has brought this Austrian restaurant back on our radar. While not strictly Austrian, the food certainly has character, as well as a charming, devil-may-care absence of self-consciousness that puts homey comforts alongside daring flavors, time-honored classics next to quirky reinventions – all offered at incredibly affordable prices.
Le Bistrot de Racine opened this summer with little fanfare, joining the already crowded pond of French bistros in Shanghai. With just over three months under its belt, the restaurant is already hitting its stride with both food and service, riding comfortably between laid-back indulgence and refined elegance.
Colca stands out among the multitude of F&B concepts in Yong Ping Li with its open-armed approach to Peruvian food. Chef-owner Eduardo Vargas and executive chef Oscar Beltran bring together their respective Peruvian and Spanish roots, throwing a dash of global inflection into the equation. The resulting menu is a free-spirited melange of flavors, but you leave nonetheless with a clear sense of what Peruvian cuisine is about.
Daimon Gastrolounge has something any number of fusion restaurants don’t: the sensibility of chefs who truly understand the cuisines they are trying to merge. The food is firmly grounded in Cantonese and Shanghainese classics, inflected with just enough twists and turns to hold our attention.
An institution of French cooking in Shanghai if ever there was one, Le Bouchon is the oldest French restaurant in the city, and has been serving up French classics for longer than many of us have lived here. As the restaurant reopens its doors after a brief summer hiatus – just in time for its 20th anniversary – it is clear that despite the new management team and revamped menu, Le Bouchon’s brand of old-school, no-frills French cooking hasn’t changed a bit.
Even though it is barely two months old, Épicerie 62 already has the air of a neighborhood establishment that has stood for decades, where it feels as if nothing changes but the day of the week, the constancy its own brand of excitement. It has built a narrative that weaves itself into our Paris daydreams, a way for us to feel Parisian at every moment of the day. That, more than anything else, is why I will be going back time and again.
Though it first claimed a spot on our radar with its ramen burger, Oh My Burger has continued to roll out new burgers over the last few months faster than we can try them, attesting to the restaurant’s creativity.
The level of antithesis found throughout Le Comptoir is fascinating: French vs. global, traditional vs. modern, bistro-style cooking against gleaming silverware, casual vibe among starched white tablecloths.
But despite these contrasts – and sometimes because of them – Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire does laid-back refinement better than possibly anywhere else in town.
DODU materialized quietly in a compact, two-story space on Changshu Road early this year. In the short months since, it quickly established itself as one of the best spots for rotisserie chicken in Shanghai, bringing joy to French expats and locals alike with this beloved French comfort food.
seul&SEUL delivers a tasting menu format at a relatively friendly price, but with more ceremony than quality. Whether we are willing to pay for that format, or prefer places that sit in the same price range but offer higher standards with less ceremony – that is a decision each of us will make for ourselves.