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Kakadu
    • ADDRESS:
      8 Jianguo Zhong Lu,
      near Chongqing Nan Lu
      建国中路8号, 近重庆南路
    • PHONE:
      5468 0118
    • AREA:
      Huangpu
    • METRO:
      5 mins walk from Dapu Bridge
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 10am-12am
    • CARDS:
    • PRICE:
      $$$$$
    • WEB:
      -
    • HAPPY HOUR:
      Daily, 4-7pm and 10pm-12pm, buy one get one free, all drinks except bottles of wine
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Kakadu is a modern casual Western restaurant with a small but plush lounge and a menu scattered with "bush spices", game meats like crocodile and kangaroo, and a range of standard steaks, pizzas, and pastas.
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    • Happy Hour

      Aussie restaurant / BBQ Kakadu on Jianguo Lu has a two-tiered happy hour, with all drinks (except bottles) buy-one-get-one from 4-7pm and again from 10pm-12am.
      Nightlife | Kakadu | daily |
  • Out with the old, in with the new
    For Kakadu on May 18, 2015
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    DagmarSolange
    Joined Jul 31, 2012
    Is Australian
    Posted 2 Reviews
    After seeing the post on smartshanghai for a plate of ribs I excitedly sent it to my friend and planned a Monday evening feast. We had started with the incredible oysters (service, cocktails, decor, etc) at The Nest which arguably set our expectations a tad high, but regardless of this what was promised at Kakadu was significantly below what we received.

    Monday can be pretty quiet dining in general so I get it that restos want to up their business with deals. Thing is, you can't just get people in the door with an ad for ribs and then deliver them lukewarm service and COLD RIBS. Are you serious? Cold Ribs?!? The only reason we came was because we were lured in by the thought of succulent, smoky, delicious ribs, and instead got some almost, nearly, not really warm meat drowned in sauce.

    Luckily for us they were accompanied by some sweet corn also drowned in sweet&sour sauce - gross. If the place had been pumping and staff were running riot I would have had less beef, but there were only 2 other tables aside from ours so this is nowhere near acceptable.

    Furthermore, when we explained to our waitress that the ribs were cold, she first had to go and discuss with the kitchen instead of taking them away directly - also not legit.

    The staff appear to mean well, they just aren't properly trained. Management should really get their act together or soon we'll be seeing another resto go into administration. Wouldn't be such a bad thing in this instance I suppose.
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    For Kakadu on December 11, 2014
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    funkatudinal
    Joined Aug 25, 2006
    Posted 22 Reviews
    Sometimes when you are a fairly regular type of bloke at a restaurant, you don't put in any efforts to review it. God forbid a cackle of Poms should start to frequent the place. Our even worse, Yanks. But here we go, Kakadu.

    Kakadu is a stalwart, a legend, an institution. There's that. But there's a whole lot more. On this last visit, I had "several" glasses of very serviceable red wine at happy hour prices, served by an excellent bartender with a lead-handed pour. God bless you and I hope Santa brings you something special.

    Dinner was a selection of crab spring rolls - crispy, excellent - combined with a nicely cooked sirloin - medium rare. What I love is that you have great food, not pretentious at all, with great wines and nice people. Like a good Australian mate. Hangs out, swears a bit, great character. Keep it up, Kakadu.
    Oh those Queenslanders..
    For Kakadu on August 4, 2013
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    MirrorMirror
    Joined Jan 16, 2010
    Is British
    Posted 29 Reviews
    An Aussie, a Pom and a Kiwi go to an Australian bar....

    The good: Nice setting, with an extensive Aussie wine list. The oysters were delicious, we went on the day they have a promotion for them, the dozen disappeared pretty quick! They're advertised as being shipped up live and being the freshest in town, and they certainly tasted like it. I would definitely go back again for the oysters.

    As it was our first time, we'd never seen the menu, and we got drawn in by the meat. The lamb was the best dish of night! The only other time I seem to eat in this town is at Xinjiang restaurants, and the flavour here is on a whole new level. When I go back, I'll definitely have the lamb.

    Great service from front of house, kitchen was a bit slow, more on that later! Waitress was easy to get hold of and had no communication problems.

    The bad: Steak was waaaay over cooked, we debated sending it back but it took so long to come out, and a good ten minuted after my friends lamb dish, that we just ate it. Chalked it up to "ah this is Shanghai", but really, it shouldnt be like that in a Western restaurant, particularly one where the bill runs into the thousands. We had the tomahawk, which is best for two or one seriously hungry mo fo.

    Also pet peeve of mine is restaurants in Shanghai using packet chips. Back home you'd never serve fish and chips with chips out a bag, and Kakadu is another restaurant on the list that does it. They're so bland and boring and really bring a good meal down - when you're paying Shanghai prices for western food, I just feel a bit let down by the frozen chips, it's what a roadside cafe in England would use.

    The strange - When chatting to the Aussie front of house dude, and chatting about where we're all from, he said he was from Cairns, and had we heard of it....still not sure if that's Queensland humour or if he genuinely thought an Aussie, a Kiwi and a pom knew where Cairns was....

    I'd defo go back again, despite the few little issues, the food was great, and tasted normal, no weird surprises, no MSG (hopefully) just good old Aussie tucker
    Try Litchee mojito with real mint and Desert Rose
    For Kakadu on August 12, 2008
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    MaLiNa
    Joined Jul 5, 2007
    Is French
    Posted 1 Reviews
    We enjoyed first some really good cocktails (try Litchee mojito with real mint and Desert Rose signature cocktail for ladies, just perfect) and appetizers which really openened even more our appetite. Good proportion, good presentation and emu carpaccio is definitely delicious! After that we wanted to try all the courses!
    Main courses may be kind of classical but offer a really great meat (rib eye just killed me) and also delicious sides. Only "bad" thing a little too salty for us.
    Desert menu is quite small but honestly we just asked it "for fun", we really didn't need a desert after all that!
    Staff was really nice, helpful and discreet enough to be there when needed and away to let us in a quiet atmosphere.

    Will definitely go back there with friends!
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