businessinchina kept it real about Liquid Laundry, and concluded that "While the experience wasn’t perfect and the drink selection was generally unnecessary, overall I enjoyed the atmosphere, service and food…The duck bites might as well have been deep-fried sloppy Joes and the cornbread was meh. The mains were solid." And pfeifer says De Refter has great beer but they don't know how to pour it.
It takes courage for a Chinese restaurant owner to serve lukewarm food. On our first visit to the newly opened Raw Plus on Shannxi Nan lu, a girl observed all the salads for a while, then asked her boyfriend, "Are all of these cold?". They promptly left. Read on
That new wine app BottlesXO, which specializes in delivering bottles to wherever you are in less than an hour, e.g. the park, your house, some cheap Chinese restaurant, has a good wine tasting for 100rmb at Solo on Hengshan Lu. That cover is actually for unlimited canapés, and the wine is free. Goes from 6.30pm–?? this Thursday. That includes access to around 15 of their wines from all over Europe, and our source there tells us "there'll be plenty". Details. In order to know how much food to make, they've asked people to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then in Jing'an, that place Maison Camus in the Portman has a tasting from 7-9pm. That one will set you back 250rmb, which includes flights of 15 wines that are new to the Chinese market, coming from Canada, Australia, France, Spain, Germany, and Argentina. Selections include Domaine Pinnacle ice apple wine and some Geoff Merrill. Those are paired with food as well, and there's some kind of live music going on downstairs after the tasting. Details.
Alright alright, coming in a bit late this week, which actually worked out better, because we just got this gem from user "bigNblack69", who reviewed the Lan Zhou La Mian on Wuyuan Lu. About that, they said "CHAIRMAN WOW! This food is off the chain yo! It's like, hey tastebudz, you ready for a wild ride? If so, STRAP IN! Or should i say, STRAP ON? #amirite?" Think this dude might be that Waffle troll from r/shanghai. Seems they got shadowbanned there and have moved on to our restaurant reviews section...
In other positive news, a surprisingly nice review from handoogies. About Cyclo, he says, "Of all the well known pho shacks around town, I would say this is the least shitty." And thoni63 had mostly positive words for the new Anadolu in Xintiandi (hey hey, that place is open until 2am…).
Looks like its Splitsville for Stefan Stiller and naked Retreats. In a press release issued yesterday the veteran German chef provided your typical bit of cordial "parting ways" boilerplate:
"It was a pleasure to work with a great team of talented individuals. I wish them success in the future and looking forward to visit their new resort projects once they are built."
This move comes almost exactly two years after Stiller partnered with the popular Moganshan resort to open Kikaboni, a boutique fine dining concept that we wrote about here. Just a few months ago, they opened naked Bite on Wuyuan Lu, which we covered here. Kikaboni will get an overhaul after Stiller departs in August. Neither has specified what that will be or when it will open.
Stiller cites his reason for leaving as "new projects", about which he says he'll reveal more this coming fall.
This summer, Essence at the Hilton is adding new items to their buffet selection, including a number of delectable seafood offerings such as fresh oysters, Boston Lobsters and abalone. 288rmb per person +15% service charge. Daily from 6pm.
Scoreboard, the popular dive bar for students foreign and local, has a buy one get one free roasted chicken deal on Mondays from 5pm-9pm. It comes with a side of fries and salad. Two chicken meals go for 35rmb. They've got a pool table, darts, and a pretty decent dance floor that's sometimes dominated by local drunk dudes on weekdays. It's a good place to pregame without spending too much. No cover.