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Karaiya: People Behind Haiku Open Hunan Restaurant This Week

By Jan 22, 2019 Dining

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Ten years ago, or more, when Japanese restaurant Haiku was at peak popularity, I remember one of the owners whispering to me about his idea for a Hunan restaurant in Shanghai. After threatening it for more than a decade (and opening it in Beijing), that conversation has finally turned into reality. Karaiya in the new Xintiandi Plaza, across the hall from The Nest & co's Rye & Co project (more here) "opens" this week after a hush-hush trial operations period. The restaurant is more Spicy Moment at Kerry Centre than Wulumuqi Lu Hunan dive, with large paintings of qipao-clad beauties on the walls, dim lighting and a re-imagined take on the classic two-color fish head (it's a whole fish). They are technically open now but that mall is slowly getting up to speed. If you're looking for a new place for a spice fix, wait until this weekend and then put it on your list.

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