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  • Here’s the low-down on the latest action-

    The Beef: Some intensely flavored Southeast Asian food at a great value. Spicy, sour, savory, and even a bubbling stone pot of durian tofu. Mix of Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai dishes ranging from the traditional to the more “creative” – snack/appetizer, curries, grilled meats, veggie stir-fry, soups (tom yum, bah-kut-teh). Every dish succeeded in making my palate go “wow!”

    Highly recommended: Black truffle longley fish (42rmb) was slightly battered and coated in a thicker sweet soy sauce with a hint of truffle, fish was super tender and boneless. Braised squid with lemon (49rmb) – the green sauce was unapologetically sour and tangy, felt more lime than lemon. I wanted to drink it all up! Stir-fry morning glory (32rmb), because we all need some greens, and this is a no-brainer.

    Durian tofu (39rmb) – definitely for the Durian-philes, a radical take on “stinky” tofu. I am always curious when it is integrated into a savory dish. The durian-ness isn’t as intense as I would have liked, but it got me through my fix. 

    Laksa (39rmb) – always love me a bowl of hearty laksa, this version is fantastic but super spicy even for me (I consider my spice tolerance to be quite high). If you can’t take the heat, ask them to tone it down a few notches.

    Mix appetizer platter (69rmb) came with a nice spread of satay, chicken wings, shrimp cakes, spring rolls, skewered shrimp. Some hits and misses there but overall good for a small group to sample.

    The Motive:  Situated in a small-scale office/mall complex. Which also houses a Hema supermarket store, although not a big fancy one with a full-on food court.

    The Damage: 300rmb for 2 hungry diners, and lots of leftovers for dabao. Fire up a feast!

    The Down n’ Dirty: Inside the mall a few stores down. Clean and new as well as mall bathrooms go.

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  • eatingglace on Pera
    06 Nov 2019

    Here’s the low-down on the latest action-

    The Beef: A decent food option within the Found158 complex. I’d come for the reliable food but definitely a must to stop by when I’m in the mood for a glass (ahem, bottle) of raki.

    The food is a mix of Turkish and Indian, kind of an odd pairing at first but when you look at the menu, the cuisines really aren’t all that different. Plenty of grilled meats/kebabs/curries, breads (Turkish pizza a la pide, Indian a la naan, paratha, roti…), dips (hummus, baba ghanoush), and in both cuisines…lots and lots of spices! There’s two menus to choose from, so a myriad of options to fit the pickiest crowd. You’ll also see (on the menu itself) that this place is also owned by Kebabs on the Grille, who kept the existing Turkish menu and added their own Indian one. Why reinvent the wheel?

    The only dish I’ve tried that I didn’t enjoy here was the green salad with chicken breast (pictured). The dressing was more Thai sweet and spicy sauce – thick and cloying. Kind of the opposite of what I wanted in a salad.

    They have some sort of special going on every night of the week (see “The Motive”), and worth checking out if you want to hang out with some drinks and nibbles in between too casual (pizza) or too fancy (french/seafood places) within the establishment.

    The Motive: Specials on most days of the week. Mon/Tues: 50% off on all beers; Wed: Turkish Beef Steak 88rmb; Thurs: Chicken Tikka 38rmb; Fri: bottle Prosecco 148rmb; Sat: Raki BOGO glass; Sun: 50% off all cocktails. Also a buffet brunch on Sundays for 120rmb.

    The Damage: 400rmb for 2 girls on a Friday prosecco deal date, with hearty meal.

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  • Here’s the low-down on the latest action-

    The Beef: For the bilingual speakers, the naming is a tad confusing. In Chinese, BenNiao (Stupid Bird) somehow translates to “Early Bird” in English. Are we implying that the one who gets the worm might not be the brightest?

    In a nutshell (birdseed), this place caters to the Chinese brunch crowd with some interesting offerings – “creative” western food and lots of crazy plating. The first thing you notice as you scroll through the ipad menu is how “pretty” the dishes look. For example, the signature dessert platter is a dizzying explosion on a plate – spilled forth with egg pancakes, chocolate rice sticks, biscuit crumbs, ice cream, and fruit. Fun to look at, but like some of the other dishes we tried, the flavors did match up in wow factor. Not horrible, but just ok.

    Case in point - The pasta souffle was cheesy enough, but the souffle topping didn’t elevate the dish, besides the novelty value. The truffle beef fried rice came with a truffle topping but the flavor wasn’t integrated into the rest of the dish. The beef itself was not tender, the fried rice was *yawn*. The most exciting part of that dish was the overeasy egg (despite being topped with a festive purple flower…?)

    The Motive: For the food photos. Could take the kids for the novelty value. 

    The Damage: 350rmb for 2 at brunch. 158rmb for the truffle beef fried rice. 128rmb for the signature dessert platter.

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    The Beef: Yunnan cuisine is one of my favorite Chinese cuisines, so I never miss a chance to try a new spot that serves up the sour and spicy flavors. Yun Hai Yao has been around and has quickly expanded – with more than 20 stores in Shanghai alone and even more nationwide, and can be found in most malls and mid-range dining establishments.

    I’ve been to a few within Shanghai and the quality of food and service has always been consistently good. Sit down, scan your table qr code to order, and your dishes are served up rather promptly.

    Offerings include the typical open-faced grilled fish (one of my favorites, pictured), Yunnan style mashed potatoes, stir-fry pork belly, and the rice noodle soups (mi xian). They also have some interesting combo dishes like pu-er tea leaves stir fried with tofu, jasmine flower with eggs, you can’t really go wrong here. It pays to be adventurous here, especially if you have been in SH for awhile and are used to lot of the typical Chinese dishes.

    The Gang: Popular with local Chinese diners, in either smaller or larger groups.

    The Damage: Group of six came out to 120rmb/pax with a few beers each. Definitely good for groups if you’re looking to switch it up from the requisite Lotus Eatery.

    The Down n’ Dirty: In the mall…’nuff said.

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  • Here’s the low-down on the latest action-

    The Beef: Bird has a loyal flock of fans in Shanghai, and it’s not hard to see why. The creative, not to mention insta-worthy dishes seem to be updated to make use of seasonal ingredients. A girly brunch date was made, and off to Bird it was.

    The place itself is small and intimate – bar seating, window seating, and a single long table for groups, in total you can cram in around 25ppl. Upon entering on a 12:30 weekend day, the kitchen was already bustling and servers were busy scrambling behind the bar, and shuttling in and out of the door (sending food next door to sister café/bar Bitter next door).

    Without anyone to greet us, we sat ourselves by the only available seats along the window. It was a nice view of all the activities on Wuyuan Lu on a slightly drizzly day. Maybe it’s the old age, but instantly I felt the backless high stools were not doing it for me. No place for my bag either, where were the hooks under the table? This forced me to place my bag behind me, giving my ass even less comfort and space.

    The food menu looked great, however. Our appetizers. The kidney bean dish was carefully composed with dollop of smooth-as-butter hummus. The broccolini was roasted and charred perfectly, each bite so intense. I was not as much a fan of the two mains we had, however. The crab was rather too much flavor, too briny, too umami, too seafood-y (which I’m usually not put off by). It was also logistically challenging to eat as a benedict dish, so I ended up eating the crab on its own then dissecting the bottom part separately. The double sliders tasted bland and way less interesting than they looked, even with the two pretty green sauces. Squash fries were oily and soggy, could have been easily be mistaken for avocado fries without the nutty flavor. Portion sizes on the small side.

    The Motive: This place seems more of a girly date spot, although not really a brunch place where you can plop down and leisurely chat through the afternoon over drinks (a la seating situation). Suggest popping into Bitter after your meal.

    The Damage: 118rmb for brunch set (1 app + 1 main). Select mains require additional+20rmb.

    The Down n’ Dirty: Free (and clean) as a Bird splattering in the garden birdbath.

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    The Beef: “Eat and Drink Like in Italy” – those are the words boldly etched onto the wall for all patrons to see. For better or for worse, it’s a promise for authenticity, and zero compromises on the finest Italian ingredients and cooking. Sorry, you won’t find any Peking Duck pizza here.

    The Italian welcome is evident upon entering – with warm greetings and smiles while you make your way to the table. Francesco, the manager is as hospitable as ever, sharing his recommendations for food and drink based on our preferences. The wine and cocktail list was extensive, but we stuck with Spritzes (“misto” – mixture of Aperol and Campari, which is slightly more bitter and less sweet than the classic Aperol itself). Drinks arrived shortly, along with a bread basket filled with grissini (Italian breadsticks), olive focaccia (baked fresh every day), and wheat bread slices.

    As I understand it, traditional Italian food is true to simple roots, focusing on the ingredients to bring out the most “clean” and natural flavors. Well, it must then be said that Seve serves the freshest pizza and pasta we’ve had in Shanghai. The Strozzapreti alla Norcina, a “twisted” pasta with mushrooms and pork sausage in a creamy sauce, was an OMG dish. The pasta was both delicate and resilient in texture at the same time. The sauce was thick but not overbearing and clung to the “twists” in perfect adhesion with each bite.

    The Pizza Principessa was so simple- topped with rocket, mozzarella, and parmesan only after the pizza dough was baked (no sauce). The cold crispness of the fresh toppings and the hot crispness of the crust made this dish entirely worthy of its royal title.

    Dinner ended with dessert – tiramisu, of course. Creamy and airy. If you’re looking for something heavier, try the cannolo millefoglie, a more saccharine choice that is sure to satisfy the sweetest tooth.

    The Gang: Couples and small groups – but no matter who you go with, it really feels like you’re dining among family and friends.

    The Damage: 500rmb for two on a lovely dinner date, complete with salad, pizza, pasta, and dessert to share. And what Italian dinner would be complete without the complimentary limoncello, the ultimate digestive, to cap off the meal.

    The Down n’ Dirty: Business as usual, no complaints here.

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  • Here’s the low-down on the latest action-

    The Beef: Ok, this review title probably wasn't the best choice of words. What I meant: Mi Thai is owned by the Mr. Willis group serving up fantastic Thai food in a beautiful space- similar concept open-dining room-kitchen, as well as an additional room outfitted with an elongated bar.

    The food – must order the crunchy winged bean salad. I agree, papaya salad is the gospel of Thai food dishes but this winged bean salad is just so unique, and simply divine. Or get both. For apps, shrimp cakes (I prefer the donut-shaped ones over the moon ones) and satay platter (both beef and chicken). Admittedly, the fried spring roll is less than stellar (not a fan of the plum sauce).  Green curry chicken here is more a thicker sauce than some other soupy Thai curries which I prefer. Pad Thai is a solid dish. Can’t go wrong with stir-fry shrimp paste morning glory. End with mango sticky rice.

    The Motive: Favorite “fancier” Thai spot for a night out, whether it’s date night, girls night, or a big group dinner. Define “fancier”: I’d feel just as comfortable walking in with heels and a dress as I would in jeans, but probably not in workout gear like I would a Wagas (which incidentally, also serves up a nice green curry bowl. Oh right, also same family).

    The Damage: Very reasonable prices. 550rmb for 2, including wine.

    The Down n’ Dirty: Shared within the family abode, in between Baker & Spice (1F) and Mr. Willis (3F).

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  • Here’s the low-down on the latest action-

    The Beef:

    Have you ever thought to yourself, I just want a nice home-cooked Portuguese meal in Shanghai?

    If your answer is no, that’s probably bc you’ve never been to Viva!! (yes, double exclamation…the first one is part of the name so I’m only singly-!-shouting).

    Preface: My first (and what I swore to be my last) Portuguese meal in Asia was a distantly unpleasant memory – in Macau where the food was overly salted yet managed to be bland (boring) at the same time. Extremely unimpressed. But this place has since reversed my distaste.

    In Shanghai, the F&B competition is fierce, which is generally a good thing for diners, because it ups the bar on quality, service, the works. Yet, the fact is that even though there don’t seem to be many other contenders for Portuguese cuisine here, Viva! really does deserve that exclamation mark. The proof is in the Dianping with a near 5-star rating although we discovered it though a highly enthusiastic WOM (word of mouth) from friends.

    Highly recommended dishes: 1) Burrata Cheese salad w/roasted eggplant – a wow! dish I’d order every time. Less a “green salad” than a “cold dish”, the creaminess of the burrata perfectly complemented the balsamic tangy roasted eggplant. Amazeballs. 2) Stuffed baby squid with ink dish (not exact name) – you won’t stop once you pop one of these into your mouth. Just don’t scare anyone when flashing your ink-black smile.

    The Gang: A rather measly crowd on a Wednesday evening, but stimes a quiet night out is just what you need in this city.  

    The Damage: Happy hour deals from 5-8pm. We barely missed it. In the end, dinner & dessert plus a reasonably priced bottle of wine for two: Approx. 700RMB. You could also just as easily get away with a 150RMB/person bill depending on what you order.

    The Down n’ Dirty: Pretty clean, in light of the number of patrons :)

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  • Here’s the low-down on the latest action-

    The Beef: Definitely come for the caipirinhas. These are probably some of the best in town, not the mention the variety – classic, pineapple, ginger & cloves, chili pepper, coffee…and more. Also the music – latin beats that will instantly make you feel sexy and uplift your spirits.

    We also ordered some bites to go with our drinks, as you can see from the photos, not the most photogenic plates.

    The good: Cheese bread (pao de queijo) – warm and chewy, almost the consistency of a mochi.  Fried tapioca cubes – very interesting texture, crunchy on the outside and a gummier consistency than the cheese bread. Paired well with a red spicy sauce.

    The not-so-recommended: Chicken empanada – too dry, the filling was almost like dried chicken floss. Also could have used a sauce to spice it up. Spinach and cheese croquettes – the crust was a bit too dry, even paired with the “Thousand Island” sauce, the flavor just felt unusual.

    I’ve heard great things about the beef dishes here, as that is what the Latin Americans are known for. Will have to come back for a full-on steak.

    The Gang: Locals and laowai alike enjoying the chill vibes. Until the floor is cleared for some sexy Latin music later in the evening (9pm on a Fri night).

    The Damage: 250rmb/person for drinks and a sampling of nibbles. ~60rmb for cocktails and caipirinhas.

    The Down n’ Dirty: Shared for all establishments in the Found158 complex. Can be clean or gross, depends on your luck – and the time of the night.

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    The Beef: From the guys who brought us Nest, Rye & Co adds a Nordic twist to the Shanghai food scene. Given the fuss made about this place, my lunch date and I thought we would be in trouble when we forgot to make a reservation but in fact when we arrived at a bit past noon, the place was only partially filled and peacefully quiet. Maybe not the best value for the regular lunch rush crowd, even with the lunch specials on the menu.

    The most notably Nordic dish was the smorrebrod, an open-faced rye bread topped with cream, cheese, smoked salmon, and micro-greenery. A rather small portion but delicately constructed. The scallop risotto (specials vary daily) was richer and heartier, a satisfying dish – highly recommend! Generally, the food is simple but well-executed. 

    Service was just ok although I expected more – the server could not tell me what the soup of the day was, and he also did not know the pasta/risotto special.   

    The Gang: A smattering of the work lunch crowd and leisurely ladies who lunch (on their day off)

    The Damage: Lunch deals starting from 68-128rmb. Soup+Smorrebrod+Drink=98rmb. Burger or Fish&Chip+Drink=98rmb. Soup+Pasta or Risotto+Drink=128rmb.

    The Down n’ Dirty: In the mall, but no complaints in a high-end mall like this one.

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