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    • ADDRESS:
      38 Donghu Lu,
      near Xinle Le
      东湖路38号, 近新乐路
    • PHONE:
      6255 6000
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    • METRO:
      15 mins walk from South Shaanxi Rd
    • HOURS:
      Mon-Tue, 5pm-2am
      Wed-Thu, 5pm-3am
      Fri-Sat, 5pm-5am
      Sun, 5-10pm
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted,WeChat,Alipay
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    • Editor's Description
      Bonobo is the new restaurant in front of Monkey Champagne—this time around, its owners are going for an edgy izakaya with a full bar and small, shareable tapas dishes. The bulk of the menu sees barbecued skewers and Taiwanese street snacks done with Western touches, like fried stinky tofu with chili mayo, braised pork belly buns with Asian slaw and fried tian bu la (fish cake sticks) dipped in sriracha-ranch sauce.
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    • Taco Power Hour

      Tacos and beer, the greatest love affair of all time, So, in their honour, Bonobo hosts a 6pm to 8pm special. Receive two complimentary tacos with the purchase of any Shanghai Love beer. Deal is on every day, seven days a week until...
      • Dining, Nightlife | Bonobo | Daily until Jan 21 2017
      • 2017-01-09 Finished
    • Oysterlicious

      Every Thursdsy, Bonobo next to Monkey Champagne on Donghu Lu offers six oysters for 88rmb. You can order them raw, fried, or roasted. Music by DJ Scarmixxed. Goes from 9pm-1am.
      • Nightlife | Bonobo | Thursdays
      • 2016-05-04 Finished
    • Ladies Night

      Izakaya-style restaurant Bonobo does their ladies night on Thursdays. Ladies get free-flow Chandon from 7pm-9.30pm and 188rmb on bottles of Chandon after that for the rest of the night.
      • Nightlife | Bonobo | Thursdays
      • 2016-05-05 Finished
    • Beats & Bites

      Food and music intertwine at this pop-up on Donghu Lu. On food duty is Sean Jorgensen, previously of Liquid Laundry and now just consulting all over town. He ate 20 tacos a few Tuesdays ago. Controlling the music is PCJ from the China...
      • Dining, Nightlife | Bonobo | on Sat Aug 20, 2016
      • 2016-08-20 Finished
    • One Year Anniversary

      You made it! Bonobo, the izakaya style restaurant/bar attached to Monkey Champagne celebrates a year in the game with free-flow Chandon, Absolut cocktails, wine mixers, and canapes -- for free. Indeed, for free. Dj Kelso spins tunes....
      • Dining, Nightlife | Bonobo | on Wed May 18, 2016
      • 2016-05-18 Finished
  • Is this place being run by bonobos?
    For Bonobo on December 13, 2015
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    With Friends
    Joined Jan 9, 2009
    Is Canadian
    Posted 4 Reviews
    Let me start by saying that I was previously a big fan of Bonobo, having been just recently only 4 months ago. At that time the food was great, service was on point, and they really hit home the 'tapas for everybody to share' environment that makes group dining super fun. Unfortunately, Bonobo has gone full circle and landed itself in a big pile of 'WTF'. Let me explain...

    Some friends and I were looking to have a group dinner (about 10 people) and I personally recommended we go to Bonobo, based on my past good experiences. From the moment we stepped in the door I realized I had chosen... incorrectly.

    The service was slow, non-attentive and just overall lackadaisical. We were the only table in the entire restaurant and yet we had to scream across the room to get anyone to notice us. It was as if the servers were all having a party in the backroom and we were totally not invited. For being the only people ordering food, dishes took a long time to arrive - and our entrees arrived in absolutely no particular order over the span of 40 minutes. Bonobo, you need to do better than this, don't slip to the level of MOST (who has possibly the worst service in China - yes, that is a bold ass statement).

    It might as well have been April Fool's Day, because the food was an absolute joke - we even laughed about it, for real. The burger was plastered in gutter oil accompanied with two day old microwaved McDonald's fries and hit the wallet pretty hard at 88RMB. The 'spicy red curry crispy shrimp spaghetti' was essentially spaghetti noodles tossed in DelMonte pre-cooked sauce with a few cold shrimp hanging out on top - another barn burner at 80RMB. The worst of the lot was the ramen. Oh the ramen. BONOBO WTF ARE YOU DOING?!?! Have you ever ordered a set lunch from any Japanese/Korean joint and they give you this little inocent cup of miso soup on the side? Imagine if instead you paid around 60RMB, and all you got was that same sized miso soup bowl and inside were what looked like somebody else's ramen dish leftovers. Brutal. You just can't do that, not even in expensive Shanghai prime time. Reality check Bonobo, your food sucks.

    As you can probably guess by now, everything was overpriced, small, and not memorable. What a shame.

    The only positive thing to take away from Bonobo is their unique decor - finally a restaurant in Shanghai that doesn't include the 'exposed cement and repurposed wood' starter pack. They have funky paintings on the wall highlighted by pretty cool neon lights, killer Pokemon style coasters on all the tables, and everything is hidden with a fun underlying message. Plus, the playlist was one of the best I've heard in years - mad props to that Spotify station.

    Here's to hoping that Bonobo is just experiencing a slight glitch, similar to Nintendo cube - maybe they can pull themselves out of this mess and deliver something better. Good try Bonobo, but not good enough.
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