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F&B Gossip: New Sproutworks, High-End Baozi, Nosh Expansion, Lots More

By Mar 27, 2015 Dining


Shanghai loves new things. Let's feed the beast!

Nosh is expanding it’s reach with a new kitchen on Kaixuan Lu. From this weekend their delivery zone extends to Zhongshan Park, Hongqiao and Xujiahui. 

Ahead of their 8th anniversary, Abbey Road -- which recently moved from Yueyang Lu to Taojiang Lu -- is doubling their patio size by taking over the parking space next door. That new space will open in the next 1-2 weeks. Nice patio there.

Wagas recently brought in an Italian guy to make fresh pasta, and is in the process of changing all their mian to freshly home-made pasta. Sounds like some desperately needed change at this chain that’s recently been more famous for simplifying their products to the point of boringness. 

The guys behind La Creperie on Taojiang Lu have taken over the space that used to be occupied by The Villa. The place is called La Cabane, because: “a French Restaurant doesn't necessary rime with expensive food”. So says their press release. On the menu are toasts, salads and fondue, and draft Delirium beer. We went for a test last night and will report back next week.

DJ Siesta's Pie Society British pies project / retirement plan is getting a brick and mortar shop soon. Good pies.

Gourmet baozi shop Baoism opens in May, in Xintiandi. They've been doing stands at festivals for the past year. One of the owners is Jenny Gao, who runs a food-focused blog called The Jing Theory. She was the one who took Eddie Huang around when he visited Shanghai to film an episode of "Fresh Off the Boat" for VICE. He's the one with that BaoHaus restaurant in NYC.

Sproutworks is expanding too, with a new shop opening on Changshu Lu in May. Wonder if they'll hire some more help and take those "We Are Not Your Ayi" signs down.

Someone named Antonio has apparently had a dream "of bringing the true flavours of the Mediterranean tradition to China” and the result is MYLK (My Little Italian Kitchen), which recently opened at the Kerry Centre. Like the Pizza, Antonia comes from Naples, and their press statement says they offer “a true Neapolitan food experience at an affordable price". Sounds like something worth trying. If you do, please let us know how it was in our user review section. A 500rmb Sherpas voucher awaits for the best review of the week.

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  • 4 years ago chachachow

    Love the comment about Sproutworks. Depsite their good choice in music, I couldn't agree more with those absurd signs. Just hire an Ayi, my dogs have an Ayi for crying out loud.

    Since when does "Italian" begin with the letter L? That place is extremely mediocre. If you're going to do Italian, do it for the cheap or do it really flipping good. Don't charge 98 RMB for small portioned canned pasta.

  • 4 years ago phreaktion

    How did you know about the pie shop dream?! Word travel fast!! :P

  • 4 years ago demidreams

    From "Antonio" to 'Antonia" :p

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