The shortlist: Cheap Eats of the Year

The shortlist for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016

We love Shanghai. And with top-notch cocktail bars, off-the-hook restaurants and fabulous nights out hitting the tiles, how could you not? Here's this year's shortlist, with nominees hand-picked by our editors, for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016. Want to spread the love? Click here to vote for your city favourites – shortlisted or not!

The shortlist


A venture that puts a modern twist on the traditional bao – there are delicious hongshao pork and Korean fried chicken baos, plus tasty sides such as fried lotus root and roasted aubergine. Lunch sets, featuring two bao or a rice bowl plus two sides are 45RMB each. You can also add a drink for ...

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150 Hubin Lu

Co Cheese

Part of the growing development of food stops on Yuyuan Dong Lu, just behind the newly opened Crystal Galleria mall, the Canadian owned Co. Cheese is Shanghai's first dedicated grilled cheese restaurant serving more than 20 varieties of the not-so-humble cheese toasty. At night, the small ...

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32 Yuyuan Dong Lu

Little Catch

Friendly neighbourhood fishmonger on the bustling Wulumuqi Lu stocking prawns, salmon and cod, as well as special-occasion seafood including mussels, oysters, king crab and lobster. Opened by the two sisters behind Andes Premium Catch in Hongqiao, Little Catch offers quality imported seafood at ...

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247-6 Wulumuqi Lu

Madison Kitchen

Popular chef Austin Hu's American sandwiches are currently being stacked and pressed from its temporary home inside Bonobo. Find awesome tuna melts, gooey kimchi grilled cheeses and a meatball subs, along with specials such as lobster rolls, cakes and other treats including 'cheddar biscuits' ...

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38 Donghu Lu

Spread the Bagel, Nanchang Lu

Initially labelled as a ‘pop-up’ when it first opened last year, we’re hoping that this dedicated outlet for California native Christine Asuncion’s bagel brand is here to stay. Even if you don’t work in the IAPM office towers next door, you’ll want to get to Spread the Bagel in the mornings ...

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611 Nanchang Lu

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