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  • Even though in Shanghai there are around 5 restaurants per block average, it is yet hard to find healthy spots all over。 Organic and healthy cuisine concepts are getting more and more developed in the last year but still is hard to see。

    On Xiangyang road you will find this little place -no more than 10 seats aprox- called Banana GG, a healthy and pet friendly place to go for a fit meal。 If you go in the rush hour you might have to wait a bit because it’s gone popular。 The staff is very friendly and the menu has salads, wraps, pokes, yogurt and more。 You have all the proteins and veggies in different dishes presentations, which is a very smart decision。

    We went with our lovely dog and had the salmon salad, the falafel wrap, the chicken quesadilla and the granola with yogurt。 As usual we order more than we should and we ate it all。 The dishes are fresh, the portions are perfect (you won't feel hungry afterwards) and everything is very tasty。 My fave is the granola and the size is pretty big! Prices are fair: 300 Rmb aprox for a big meal。

    幸运28投注The only thing I would change is the garnish salad in some dishes since it is the same one in all the menu, but other than that Banana GG is definitely a good spot when you want to take a healthy break.

     

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  • RAC has opened up a new spot and it's even more Instagram friendly than the last one. Sitting on Shaanxi Nam Lu, the two –floor lanehouse is gorgeous and picture-worthy at every corner- light and bright industrial-chic embellished with playful tiles design laid from the floor all the way to the bar, greenery around the corner, and natural light from the windows and roof window, creating the right mood and settings for your favorite brunch place.  

    Let’s get into the action。 Sautéed mushroom, earthy tomatoes, cheese and an egg in the middle, the Veggie galettes is crispy, rich, and moreish。 I can understand why people are crazy about the galettes and crepe here。 While galettes is the focus here, don’t miss out the avocado toast。 Bread is crispy by edge and soft in the middle, topped with a generous scoop of avocado spread and followed up with sliced avocado, half boiled egg and handful of walnuts for the crunch。 It might be the best avocado toast in the city。  

    The place is quite small with limited seats on the second floor。 First floor is an even smaller space serving coffee and drinks, so a line should be expected when visiting。 The well decorated dishes are just as beautiful as the surroundings。 Another spot for the brunch lovers!


    Price: 140 RMB for 2 dishes
    Summary: RAC’s second location is just as great as the first one. Serve with delicious galettes, crepe, coffee, and sandwich, brunch is the best time to be at RAC for a sunny afternoon.

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  • Seve is a gem of a restaurant tucked away along Hua Shan Lu, serving consistent homestyle Italian fare.

    Four hungry chaps caught up for a quick meeting over dinner, we were able to sit out on the street-side veranda of Seve this past Monday evening.

    The meal consisted of the following dishes:

    Italian Buffalo Mozzarella and cherry tomato salad, combined with giant Apulian black olives and asparagus, dressed with extra virgin olive oil。

    Crispy eggplant, topped with cherry tomatoes, San Daniele and Buffalo mozzarella.

    Octopus carpaccio served with sweet and sour vegetables, a lemon dressing and black pepper.

    Traditional home-made ravioli, filled with pumpkin.

    Pizza Formaggi, one of the better and consistent pizza’s I feel in town。

    A dessert plate for three, that had the following classical Italian sweets to finish off the meal, with a glass of complimentary limoncello Tiramisu, Semifreddo Zabaione, Pannacotta al Caramello.

    To accompany the meal, we had three bottles of wine, two Sicilian whites, and a Nero d’Avola, all these wines were of quality and at an affordable pricing structure.

    Could not expect any better family style Italian food, everything from atmosphere, warm and friendly service, from the greeting by Severino, the Patron who goes around the tables giving a personal touch to the restaurant, along with Cherry who served at table, who was proactive in recommending dishes, and clearing away plates when needed, not obtrusive in any way.

    The menu has a variety of options to choose from and changes with the season, no doubt you will find something of your taste, positive comments all round on the pumpkin ravioli in a white truffle sauce。 Can highly recommend Seve for a casual night out, damages came to 576RMB per person。

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  • As I walked past this small cafe not too far from Ruijin Lu, the exterior bar-stool seating beckoned me to come and take a rest on a beautiful spring afternoon. Having visited Paris not too long ago, I was hoping this cafe might transport me back to the gluttonous city. 

    The first thing that acknowledges Paris is the small display of five to six croissants by the register.   The menu offers up a simple selection of sandwiches, salads, smoothies and coffee.    I ordered the Le Parisian Ham sandwich, an espresso to get a pick me up, and the Paris smoothie.

    The sandwich is presented showing off all the layers of tomato, cucumber, lettuce, ham and oregano-seasoned fried egg drizzled in mayo.  The toasted bread quickly falls apart upon biting into it.  It’s best to resume eating it by scooping up the ingredients with the toast, Indian-style. 

    The smoothie looks like ice cream as it’s served in a blue-tinted mason jar.  Perfectly cold and refreshing, though lacking much of the strawberry-banana flavor promised from the menu.  The espresso is invigorating.  Dark, bitter, with a subtle fruitiness.  The perfect pick-me-up.

    While it may not make you feel as if you’re back in Paris, Meet in Paris does offer terrific seating for people-watching and a cozy atmosphere to pass time on a lazy afternoon.  The food may not stand out, but the espresso, brewed by an ever smiling barista, is on par with that of any decent cafe in Shanghai.   

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  • At this brunch spot the buzzy energy hit me as soon as I walked in。 This place is constantly packed with the open space and tons of natural lights。 As soon as I sat down, the staff came with water and menu, which I found very attentive considered how packed it was。

    I had a odelice brunch plate and a veggie mozzarella plate on the side. The brunch set came with a drink, and I went for a latte.  Scrambled egg, sausage, bacon, salad, croissant and a half of a avocado, the brunch plate was very pretty self explanatory with simple seasoning. The appetizer was delicious, slice zucchini and cooked cherry tomatoes with mozzarella and balsamic vinegar, tasting delicious and light. My friend also got a strawberry smoothie yet he found it quite sugary and unnatural. We stayed for quite awhile and the crowd didn’t seem to go away until late afternoon.

    In general, you may have to get a little cozy with your neighbors on the busy times, but it is overall a great place to have delicious brunch and to enjoy your afternoon with。

    Price: 200 RMB for two

    Summary: A cozy restaurant with open space and delicious food. Friendly and attentive staffs that’re always happy to help even with a full crowd.

     

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  • I’m pretty sure brunching is one of the top expat pastimes in Shanghai. The sheer amount of brunch deals can be overwhelming.

    I would judge brunch based on drinks, atmosphere and food。 In most cases, you are lucky to get two out of three。 Bull & Claw is the exception that does a great job across all metrics。

    Most free flow brunches are limited to some house wines and a standard beer. Bull & Claw’s includes those and a decent selection of cocktails and beers (even IPA’s).

    Located in an old villa, Bull & Claw has lots of outdoor space with large patios and on both the first and second floors along with a private party room on the third floor. Weekends are crowded with big groups, but with the high walls, it still feels like you are escaping the city.

    Lastly, the food is actually excellent on its own. The pancakes on the kids menu is basically every kids’ dream. They take two fairly typical pancakes and basically cover them in syrup, candy and ice cream. It is off the chains. 

    幸运28投注The brunch roast beef takes a traditional pub roast and elevates it by using wagyu chuck and goose fat roasted potatoes. It is a huge portion, but I left a spotless plate when I finished.

    Without drinks, you can have a good two course brunch for 168 rmb.

     

     

     

     

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  • Here’s the low-down on the latest action-

    The Beef: Kept it carb-friendly with pancakes! Plenty of protein on the menu as well naturally - eggs, bacon, burgers, etc.

    The first thing about the place is the vibe. Lots of buzz and energy with the weekend crowd. We had debated whether to go to this outpost or to the Xiangyang Lu location. Pros for Changle Lu: The décor is more fun/lively; outdoor seating is available; and the icing on top is that they have a full-on Gracie’s ice cream selection in the back. Pros for Xiangyang Lu: bigger space, more tables; apparently their bacon is better; also have Gracie’s but feels less “retro” without the ice cream parlor feel.

    I opted for sweet this time and gave the pancakes a try. These were dense and rich, more cake-y than fluffy (and extremely filling)! strawberry cheesecake pancakes had graham cracker crust bits which were delicious but could have had more sauce. By the second pancake (each “original” size order comes with three), the pancakes started to feel dry. I enjoyed them but had to order a soda to wash the rest of it down. The strawberry sauce was also a bit too “lemon citrus-y” for me.

    The Purgatory Eggs got a decent review. Seemed good but nothing mindblowing or “hellalicious”.

    The Gang: 幸运28投注Cool kids (literally), there were lots of families as well as smaller groups of friends. A mix of Chinese and laowai although probably with a majority of the latter.

    The Motive: The brunch menu seems to be different than their usual menu with expanded offerings. But they do have all-day breakfast on the regular menu. Also, I would come by just for a scoop or two of Gracie’s.

    The Damage: 285RMB for three (coffee, no alcohol)

    The Down n’ Dirty: Single bathroom, although surprisingly no line despite the crowds. Spic n' span.

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  • You hear mixed things about Bella Napoli。 Some people swear by it as their go-to Italian spot, the place you can go to on a weeknight and get reliable staples on the reg。 Others seem to think it’s bland, a rip-off, or both。

    幸运28投注After a recent visit, I’m pretty much right in the middle。 The food itself is OK, some of it pretty good even。 The rucola and prosciutto pizza, in particular, was a real winner – great crust, quality toppings。 Our salad, with similar ingredients, was just fine, as was an under-seasoned sausage risotto。 Fine, but not much better。 Hard to be mad at, hard to get excited about。

    You can get better Italian than this, without going far – La Vite, which I’ve reviewed before, is a few blocks away, and offers more authentic-feeling and comforting food。 You get the feeling they could do better if they wanted, but don't really need to anymore。 

    幸运28投注Where it gets extra points is the location, which is honestly great and a clue as to how the place still commands a lot of affection despite being one of the oldest Italians in town. Tucked away down an unassuming alley off Changle Lu that gives it just enough of a hidden vibe, it’s hard not to be won over the first time you hang right and wander into an open courtyard and restaurant that looks just like your favorite Italian spot back home. On a Thursday night at 8:30pm it was still busy with tables having a laidback meal and a bottle or two, the contented murmur of a lot of people having a low-stakes good time.

    It’s this space, not the food, that makes it worth stopping by. But that still means it’s worth a visit.

     

    Price: RMB 100 – RMB 200 per person

    Summary:幸运28投注 Italian stalwart that matches a cozy location with decent if uninspiring food. Not the place to be blown away by great cooking, but maybe the place to impress a date that hasn’t been before, or just get a couple pizzas and bottles in with friends when you’re in the neighborhood.

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  • Was in the neighbourhood of the Portman Centre, the rolling TV screen of Beef & Liberty caught my eye, so I popped in at 14h30 which was well past the regular lunchtime trade of the various F&B outlets that surround the perimeter of the complex.

    Was greeted by the manager, as other employees appeared to be dining at the tables dotted around the outside edge of the restaurant, and taking their own late lunches.

    幸运28投注Didn't fancy a meaty burger (too hot today) so gave their new beetroot burger a go, which consisted of a brown rice and kidney bean patty, topped off with a slice of beetroot, and garnished with goat’s cheese and it's well worth it, the brioche-style bun, was moist and springy, a lot to thank the French for here, I opted for the Liberty Fries, over the side salad, the Liberty Fries are crisp, full of flavour.

    I also ordered the Scotch eggs, natty little Scotch eggs, the quail eggs were cooked to perfection, along with pork coating and breadcrumbs, no taste of stale oil at Beef & Liberty, the accompanying Wilkin & Sons Tomato Ketchup is a nice touch, slightly different style of ketchup。

    I have eaten at Beef & Liberty a number of times over the years and can honestly say you can't fault the place for its consistency。

    Damages for one 138RMB, and yes would recommend。

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  • I’m pretty sure brunching is one of the top expat pastimes in Shanghai. The sheer amount of brunch deals can be overwhelming.

    I would judge brunch based on drinks, atmosphere and food. In most cases, you are lucky to get two out of three. Bull & Claw is the exception that does a great job across all metrics.

    Most free flow brunches are limited to some house wines and a standard beer. Bull & Claw’s includes those and a decent selection of cocktails and beers (even IPA’s).

    Located in an old villa, Bull & Claw has lots of outdoor space with large patios and on both the first and second floors along with a private party room on the third floor。 Weekends are crowded with big groups, but with the high walls, it still feels like you are escaping the city。

    Lastly, the food is actually excellent on its own。 The pancakes on the kids menu is basically every kids’ dream。 They take two fairly typical pancakes and basically cover them in syrup, candy and ice cream。 It is off the chains。 

    The brunch roast beef takes a traditional pub roast and elevates it by using wagyu chuck and goose fat roasted potatoes。 It is a huge portion, but I left a spotless plate when I finished。

    幸运28投注Without drinks, you can have a good two course brunch for 168 rmb.

     

     

     

     

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