There's two reasons to mention restaurateur Eduardo Vargas, the man who started Shanghai's hunger for Tapas five years ago with his first restaurant "Che" in Xintiandi: For one thing, it's his birthday today, so don't forget to congratulate him when you see him at Azul or Casa 13. The other reason is he's just one week away from opening his latest restaurant: "Bam-bou" located just upstairs of Azul on Dongping Lu.
I was at a pre-opening food tasting last night, and can excitedly report back that fans of South East-Asian food can look forward to an interesting new dining option, described in their press-release as a "complete tour of South East Asia thru your palette." Bam-bou offers food from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, and even though they have a five-star hotel trained chef from Bangkok, the flavours seemed to me to be surprisingly different from Thai food. The interior follows Azul's style with comfy sofa-dining lounges, dark lightning and, of course, a lot of bamboo. Bam-bou opens next Monday on 18 Dongping Lu.
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