Popular Italian café and bistro comes up trumps with a super-thick, tasty hot chocolate for ¥30. Best drunk on an empty stomach. Prepare for a sugar rush.
835 Huaihai Lu, near Maoming Lu, 5466 1765
Kakaw’s gorgeous offering is a mix of three Belgian chocolates. At ¥21, it’s one of the city’s best deals. Closed on Sundays.
Sweeter than coffee, smoother than tea and tastier than boring old shui, hot chocolate occupies a place all of its own in the hot beverage pantheon. Luckily Shanghai has plenty of ho-cho options. Here are 10 of the best:
1. The Grumpy Pig
Gary Wang has overhauled KIN Cafe and transformed it into a chilled-out venue serving pork-based snacks with a side of hip hop.
2. The Sailor's Fish and Chips
If you're craving the flavor of traditional Australian fish and chips, give this new chip shop on Yongkang Lu a go.
The New Year is upon us, so before Shanghai clears out for Spring Festival, treat yourself to dinner at one of these newly opened restaurants.
The COOK's Turkey Hamper
The festive season is just around the corner, which means it's time for turkey. No respectable Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table would be complete without a well-stuffed gobbler, so we've scouted out some of the best delivery options.
1. Drunken Dragon CNY Pub Crawl (19th January)
The Drunken Dragons really come into their own as the Year of teh Dragon rolls around. Join them on one of their legendary crawls for fireworks, cheap drinks, and plenty of fun. Dress code: red. 150 RMB with reservation. 180 RMB at the door. Meet at O'Malley's @ 9:30pm.
2. Mod Dance Party @ Lune (21st January)
Party in style as you say goodbye to the Rabbit and hello to the Dragon. Here is our pick of the best CNY nights happening around Shanghai this year. 新年快乐!
Another one bites the dust. David Laris has just announced that the Purple Onion will close on January 15. Apparently it's all due to the lease, and the Onion will reopen in a larger space later in the year.
David Laris announces the closure of his Purple Onion restaurant.
Peninsula Hotels have issued a ban on their menus to no longer supply shark fin soup. The ban will also take effect for all the hotels linked with the hotel's parent company, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Ltd.
Shark fin soup is seen as a luxury dish and is a traditional addition to the Chinese wedding banquet menu, dating back to several centuries ago.
1. Anna Maya
This cute cafe on Taojiang Lu serves a great selection of vegetarian and vegan food in a retro setting.
The newest kid on the block, Kush is a tiny space with a strong sustainable focus, serving tasty Western and Asian dishes.
It's not easy being a vegetarian in Shanghai, but the good news is that the city now has a decent array of veggie and vegan restaurants, from Western-style cafes to Buddhist havens serving Chinese fare. Here are the five vegetarian restaurants we like best.
On October 17th at around 12:05, three guys in suits entered Da Marco Italian Restaurant and stole the reservation book from the reception desk. A couple of days prior, the same thing had happened at another Italian restaurant close by. The question on a lot of lips is "Why a reservation book?" Forum users have speculated about nefarious contact gathering techniques, which seems like the most obvious motive.
The YouTube video of Da Marco's closed-circuit TV from the incident can be seen here.
Two thefts of restaurant reservation books by laowai dressed in suits have sparked speculation about motives, and fear of more pilfering.
Hailing from the USA but living in Shanghai, Jesse and Stephanie love artisan food, so have turned their passion into something useful, informative and attractive in the form of Artisan Foods. Filled with gorgeous photographs of their culinary adventures, plus recipes, tid-bits and anecdotes, it's definitely one to put on your blog feed.
Find them at artisanfoodsinc.wordpress.com
Two Shanghai-based foodies put their love of the good stuff into cyberspace with a great new blog.