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Shanghai restaurant REVIEW:
Kakadu

What: A dedicated Australian restaurant in Bridge 8 that’s taken over the former Backyard Café, expanded and Australia-ized it.

Look: The design is divided by the continent’s regions. One section with a fish tank and pale blue walls is the “lagoon,” another with ochre seating and an airy, glass roof is the “desert,” and a third with a view of a small garden is the “rainforest.” Aboriginal art hangs on the walls. But it’s done subtly, and the overall feel of the restaurant is stylish.

Food: Western standards done with native Australian ingredients. Wattleseed, a coffee-like spice, pops up in pancakes, a creme brulee, and mixed with milk and sugar in a “Wattlecino.” Wild rosella, bush tomatoes, lemon myrtle, and riberry are scattered across a menu of pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and plenty of game meats – emu, crocodile, and boar.

People: Australians, of course, and others who want a twist on the city’s western options.

Bill: Democratic. Sandwiches, as a barometer, are ¥38, roast chicken is ¥65, an Australian lamb rack is ¥113, and appetizers hover around ¥65.


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Events Happening at Kakadu
Those Aussies know how to have it large. Kakaduon Jianguo Lu throws a double happy hour every day between 4pm and 7pm, then from 10pm to midnight with half-price on all drinks.
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Phone: 5468-0118
Kakadu, 8 Jianguo Xi Lu, near Chongqing Nan Lu, Shanghai, China

Price Range:

¥¥¥

Cuisine:

Australian
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