Food news: Free burgers, Raclette to the max, new carvery concept from Paul Pairet

Because New Year's diets are so 2016

It's those weird weeks of limbo between the December holiday season and Chinese New Year's, but still, as ever, the Shanghai F&B scene is coming in hot. First up, head to the new Pudong branch of Fatburger in the Shanghai Tower tomorrow Saturday 7, where they'll be giving away burgers to the first 100 people who come in before midday. Sounds like weekend breakfast time to us, but hey... what's better for a hangover than fast food?


Over on Yueyang Lu, at Jianguo Xi Lu, heavy-hitter French chef Pierre Gagnaire is partnering with the new Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li, a luxury residential and hotel shikumen complex scheduled to open in March. Gagnaire has an impressive 12 restaurants around the world, and Comptoir Pierre Gagnaire, his first venture in Shanghai, will see seating for 70 plus a 50-person bar and a bakery with goods for takeaway.


And the Nordic invasion: it don’t stop. Up in Hongkou in new shopping development Ruihong Tiandi, there’s a new Swedish restaurant called SVEA that boasts the tagline ‘Nordic sensations’. On Yongkang Lu, a ‘dessert boutique’ from Copenhagen called Strangas has sprung up, serving all manner of delectable bites.


Over on Shaanxi Nan Lu, there’s a new Swedish bakery called FiKA from China-born but Sweden-raised Valentina Chan, and she's baking tasty and adorable pastries to please both the eyes and your belly.


Winter menus are going strong even as the cold weather lags behind – Mr and Mrs Bund have a pop-up concept called Le Chalet that they launched in December but will continue on through the end of winter. They're taking folks on a comfort food journey with charcuterie, Raclette, mulled wines and more.


Even chains are going hard with the winter menus. blue frogs around town have rolled out 'winter warm up' cocktails like an Italian Après-ski Bombardino, made with advocaat (a custard-like special egg liquor) combined with milk foam and chocolate powder. Rich. There's mulled wine abound at everywhere from small spots like Dogtown to places you'll find all across the city like KABB. For more booze to give you the warm fuzzies from some of the top bars in town, check out Shanghai's best hot cocktails.

Finally, there's another incoming opening on our radar from the team at UNÏCO, who have announced new restaurant The Chop Chop Club, a carvery concept in collaboration with Paul Pairet of Mr and Mrs Bund and Ultraviolet. It's expected to open just before March though they are staying hush hush on any further details. Stay tuned for more on that.