A new season means new openings around town, and this Spring, there’s a great new selection of restaurants to choose from. From Mexican spice through New York-style Italian, there’s plenty to tempt your palate. Here are some of the best new eateries in town:
1) Chalet SuisseView In Map
There are already a couple of fondue places dotted around Shanghai, but we can’t believe it’s taken this long for raclette to arrive. Newly opened Chalet Suisse comes up trumps, offering raclette (a slab of cheese melted under a heat lamp then eaten with pickles and potatoes) along with Swiss meats, sausages, salads, and fondue. The décor is kitschly authentic – wood panelled walls, photos and paintings of Switzerland, and the Swiss manager and his Chinese wife will make sure you feel welcome. Next door there’s a bakery and imported goods shop, so you can stock up on home comforts after your meal!
Add: 1582 Kangding Lu, near Wanhangdu Lu, Jing’an District, Shanghai
地址: 上海静安区康定路1582号, 近万航渡路
Tel: 021 3353 3887
Open: Tue-Sun, 17:30-23:00
2) Mi TierraView In Map
Mexican food delivery company Mi Tierra has branched out and opened a restaurant, where it will serve up the same authentic regional food that it has become known for. The firm occupies four stories on Yongjia Lu, with the bar and taqueria on the ground floor, restaurant on the second, and delivery company on the third and fourth. While the food is little on the expensive side, Mi Tierra is a nice addition to Shanghai’s selection of Mexican restaurants; time will tell if it will enjoy the success and popularity of more established venues like Cantina Agave, Maya, and Adobo Latin Flavor.
Add: 17 Yongjia Lu, near Maoming Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海永嘉路17号, 近茂名路
Tel: 021 6225 7639
Open: Mon-Sat, 17:30-22:00 (soft opening)
3) ProntoView In Map
Number 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu at the crossroads with Julu Lu is fast becoming a dining hub. On the first floor, a New York-style Italian restaurant has just opened, which is an interesting concept. With so many Italians in New York, the city has developed a special sort of Italian cuisine, including deep pan pizza, veal piccata and parmesan chicken. Pronto’s managers were wise to add this Big Apple twist to their menu, since Shanghai is already chock-full with Italian joints – the New York influence makes Pronto stand out, and will hopefully ensure that it flourishes.
Add: 1/F, 1 Xiangyang Beilu, near Julu Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海襄阳北路1号1楼, 近巨鹿路
Tel: 021 6190 6366
Open: Daily, 18:00-22:30
4) DeraView In Map
One floor up from Pronto in the same building, you’ll find Dera, the latest Indian restaurant to open in Shanghai. If you’re after a cheap and cheerful Indian meal, this probably isn’t the right place, but for foodies looking for authentic, high-quality North Indian fare, Dera fits the bill. Expect to pay at least a couple of RMB per person, but it’s definitely worth it for such upscale food. Fans of shisha can book the private hookah room.
Add: 2/F, 1 Xiangyang Beilu, near Julu Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6190 6366
Open: Daily, 11:30-15:30, 17:30-22:30
5) Pasta InnView In Map
What sets Pasta Inn apart from all the other Italian cafés in Shanghai is the fantastic afternoon tea special. For 19 RMB you get a coffee and dessert, perfect for a post-lunch, pre-dinner pick-me-up. However, if it’s a meal you want, there’s a selection of solid Italian classics that won’t disappoint. It’s definitely value for money: pizzas are around 40 RMB each, while pasta dishes are around 30 RMB. There’s also risotto, meat and seafood mains if that’s more your thing.
Add: 132 Maoming Nanlu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5465 9816
Open: Daily 10:00-22:00
6) Zest Express择鲜View In Map
Located on the pedestrian stretch of Wujiang Lu opposite where the street food vendors used to be, Zest Express is a health food café offering salads, soups, smoothies, juices, sandwiches and desserts. The interior is fresh and white, with a big window running down one side. Zest partners with Shanghai Organics, so all of their food is guaranteed to be healthy and pesticide free.
Add: 1F, Inpoint, 169 Wujiang Lu, near Shimen Yilu, Shanghai
地址: 上海静安区吴江路169号四季坊1楼 (近石门一路)
Tel: 021 6218 3199
Open: Daily 10:00-22:00
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