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A New Thing From Michelin-Star Hoarder Pierre Gagnaire and Another From Shanghai Stalwart Cotton Ding
A short list, but there're some real kickers on there, like Nepal's taekwondo team for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Ninja (actually) opens, The Cut's rooftop (actually) opens, and, oh boy, Le Comptoir De Pierre Gagnaire and Lychee are both officially open tomorrow.


Now Open

Ninja has actually opened up, unlike last time I told you it opened. This time it's for real. So what with Kartel, Kung Fu Komedy and now Ninja, I guess there's no reason to ever leave the building ever again.

In other openings I told you about that weren't actually opened yet, The Cut's rooftop opened. By all accounts, it's a nice rooftop. Sort of inside but outside at the same time. The benefits of both the view and air conditioning at once. There's a neon bird.

Okay technically open tomorrow, but Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire kicking it off at Capella. You know Pierre Gagnaire? Kind of a big deal. 17 Michelin stars. This is his first concept in mainland China. Take a look at what he can do:

Press Crab, Dill-Flavored Pineapple Carpaccio, Carrot Foam

Rosemary-Spiced Leg of Lamb

In other big news, Cotton Ding's once again pulled off an impressive 6-week renovation and reopening of a lanehouse that used to be Hunan House on Fuxing Xi Lu. It is now Lychee. Three floors inspired by legendary Chinese beauty (and absolute lychee fiend) Yang Guifei, they're doing cocktails with lychees, an asian fusion menu with lychees, if they find a way to make vinyl records from lychees for the DJ decks on the third floor, they'll probably get on that too. Nice spot. Opening party tomorrow from 9.30pm.

Now Closed

Hootes (L'Avenue) closed. It leaves behind two siblings and bereaved dads who'll have to find somewhere else to take their sons after basketball practice.

The Word Around Town

What do I do when I don't have news to share? Birthdays! Congratulations Shake, one year anniversary on Saturday night. That's a nice supper club sort of thing. Saw Tarra Connor Jones sing there one night, and they had some reeeeal sharply dressed bartenders.

Also, I dunno. Bastille Day, anyone? The world is full of idiots who don't understand that Bastille Day is important. Bastille Day forever. 100 years Bastille


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