This one hurts. Shanghai has collected another huge loss in food and drink causalities and it’s the end of an era on The Bund, a significant one that’s lasted over 23 years. M on the Bund and its next-door cocktail lounge Glam have announced with heavy hearts they’ll be closing up for good at the start of next year with Tuesday 15 February marking the final day of service.
Helmed by powerhouse Australian restaurateur Michelle Garnaut, M on the Bund is the first name a lot of us think of when it comes to fine dining on the Bund and that’s because it was – opening way back in 1999. Since then, it’s led the way for many our favourite free-spending Shanghai pastimes from afternoon tea to brunch and steak and wine terrace dinners with front row seats to that skyline view.
At Glam, Garnaut worked tirelessly to enrich the city’s cultural scene, with regular talks, art exhibits, film screenings, classical performances and, for many years, Shanghai’s own International Literary Festival.
Garnaut made the announcement on the restaurant’s official WeChat
‘Dear beloved customers, we could not have done it without you. Therefore, while we are sad to depart, we are more than grateful for the moments spent with you, and we hope your time with us has brought you nothing but happy and indelible memories. It has been a tremendous pleasure for us to serve the community over the past two decades, and we owe an immense debt of gratitude to everyone who has loved our restaurants and supported our businesses. Your trust and loyal patronage have allowed us to grow and mature. Therefore, while we are sad to depart, we are more than grateful for the moments spent with you, and we hope your time with us has left you with nothing but happy and indelible memories.’
Along with a personal statement.
‘M on the Bund, Glam, Shanghai & China have been a very large part of my life. Something of them will remain in my very essence. But restaurants belong to the people they serve, and in the end, it is the memories that remain. I'm proud to have left an indelible mark on this city and this community.'
Before the closure, the M team are collecting memories and photos from the community. Send any along to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring to the restaurant when you visit.
If we can take any positives in what’s – truth be a told – a crushing blow to the city’s dining and culture scene, we’ve been given some time to (literally) digest the news. Both venues will be operating as business as usual until the last day, so there’s still another two months to get your hands on M’s unforgettable pavlova.