Opening a proper, licensed food truck in Shanghai as a foreigner is probably impossible. According to a press release from chef Willy Trullas Moreno's Elefante, "Apparently is only possible for ice-cream trucks so far…"
Burger deals -- can't stop won't stop. This has been a Monday institution in Shanghai for many years now, and we just called up and got the latest info. Here's most of the places slangin' buy-one-get-one burgers and other deals on dead cow flesh on Mondays and the rest of the week.
Starting with the Monday deals, cocktail lounge Cu2 has a full meal for 88rmb from 6-10pm. That includes a burger, fries, and a cocktail or beer. They're some of the best burgers in town, probably because they're made with steak trimmings from CU2's sister restaurants T For Thai and CUIVRE.
Beef & Liberty does a buy-one-get-one free burger deal for their Monday nights. It starts at 3pm and goes until they close. These burgers start at 70rmb, but you’re better off grabbing a more expensive one with this deal. It's an alright burger, but the drinks are solid, especially the lemonade.
Le Rooftop is the rebranded theme terrace owned by longtime Shanghai restaurateur Franck Pecol down on Ferguson Lane. My first draw to this space was last year, when they rocked some stellar / expensive tacos under the name Franckito. For those wondering why such a solid concept did not re-open this year, Franck likes to change themes each summer.
This year’s incarnation -- a Southern France–inspired rooftop bar -- really doesn’t go beyond the namesake. But the generic feeling may be intentional -- when one sense is dulled, the others become more pronounced.
Every Monday we give away 500rmb in free Sherpa's delivery to whoever wrote the most entertaining / useful restaurant review of the week. That's after we delete all the planted reviews from shameless marketing / PR peeps. You know who you are.
Starting with the positive, DCSH says Le Jardin Secret is a great spot for a date. "candles flicker on bookshelves full of weathered books from times past...vines crawl up the walls and there are vases full of flowers throughout the restaurant. The place looks, and smells quite romantic." Sounds erotic like a Prince video. They also praised Slurp! for a really decent brunch -- only trouble was the seating.
Nybosh said Sushi Oyama was "very good but not perfect", and apparently when you're dropping 1500rmb per person, that extra 1% of effort really matters.
Catering Town's second night of their "Pre-Opening Party". Again, they've been open for a couple of weeks. They've got DJ Tygi & Marcos Godoy playing tonight and a free-flow Asahi beer deal for 150rmb from 9-11pm. No cover to get in. Party starts at 9pm.
Elefante, the Donghu Lu restaurant serving up Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, has a food truck launch party on their third anniversary. There will be a BBQ cooking session with a Paella brunch and local DJs playing at the event. It goes from 12-4pm on August 29 and 30. It's 250rmb per person for the BBQ and a drink.
This Saturday night, Franck's rooftop spot has a champagne tasting. For 280rmb, you can try some "exquisite, cult status Champagnes". That includes three glasses of Vouette & Sorbeè, followed by free flow on Loire Valley's Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Gris. There's also some small canapés going around for free. Sounds good. Ticket is 280rmb. Goes from 5-9pm. RSVP is mandatory, to firstname.lastname@example.org.