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Lil' Laundry

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    • ADDRESS:
      Unit 120, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu,
      near Xikang Lu
      南京西路1376号120室, 近西康路
    • PHONE:
      6289 8202
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    • AREA:
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Jing'an Temple
    • HOURS:
      Sun-Thu, 11am-midnight
      Fri&Sat, 11am-2am
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted, Alipay
    • PRICE:
      $$ $$$
    • WEB:
    • OPENED:
      Unknown. Listed since Jan 2017
    • Editor's Description
      Lil' Laundry is the sequel to serial restaurateur Kelley Lee's Liquid Laundry. This one's smaller -- maybe one-fourth the size -- and there're new items on the food menu (more seafood in particular), but it's basically the same deal. A bunch of Boxing Cat beers on tap, a list of cocktails, idiosyncratic pub grub. Less of a nightlife, lounge-y sort of vibe compared to the other LL and more like a cafe-by-day, pub-by-night kind of thing. Pretty nice lunch menu with lots of burger and sandwich options for around 100rmb.
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    • Overall, Lil Laundry isn’t much different from its older sister, Liquid Laundry. The service is consistently hit or miss, but I usually hit more often at Lil over Liquid. I think this is because when in closer proximity to the staff, it’s easier to flag them down. The menu looks surprisingly similar. It’s got a different font and its own style to make it look edgy (or something), but the classics stay the same. They still serve up the best value to quality ratio of mac and cheese in Shanghai, and the steak salad was cooked just the way I like it.

      The location is conveniently located inside Shanghai Center, but it’s oddly quiet at random hours, and I just can’t figure out if there’s any rhyme or reason. Lunch seems to have a consistent smathering of people who work in the area, but dinner is really hit or miss. And something about the empty atmosphere at brunch doesn’t make it as cozy and lively as its counterpart.

      Overall, Lil Laundry gets points for having better service, but the food is very close to / almost exactly the same as Liquid Laundry. Grabbing lunch from the office or dinner right after work? Lil for sure if you work in Jing’an. Literally any other occasion? Probably best to stay on a Liquid diet.  

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    • Singles Night Fridays

      Every Friday night down at Lil' Laundry they're hosting a Singles Night with T-Plus playing hip hop and 30rmb glasses of beer from 6pm till late.
    • Christmas Brunch Special

      Lil’ Laundry will be serving the “Pink Christmas” Ham Steak and Eggs as the Christmas Brunch Special from Dec 22nd to Dec 25th.
      • Dining | Lil' Laundry | Daily until Dec 25 2018
      • 2018-12-22 Finished
    • Lil' Laundry Thanksgiving Dinner

      Indulge in the dinner set menu by Lil’ Laundry for only 188rmb/pax on Nov 22nd. Free flow on selected house wines and craft beers are also available by adding 128rmb.
      • Dining | Lil' Laundry | on Thu Nov 22 2018
      • 2018-11-22 Finished
    • Lil’ Laundry Thanksgiving To-Go Combos

      Feeling like to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day at home? No worries! With 3 To-Go Combos menu, Lil’ Laundry is ready to serve you! Our last order date will be on Nov 18th. 1,288rmb and up.
      • Dining | Lil' Laundry | Daily until Nov 18 2018
      • 2018-11-02 Finished
    • The Goose Island BooshKaBaash Third Acoustic Session

      Enjoy live music, chill with a beer, meet artists from all over the world and shop shop shop at the Boosh Bazaar at this daytime festival. Free.
      • Nightlife | Lil' Laundry | on Sat Aug 18 2018
      • 2018-08-18 Finished