Representing everything that’s great about Shanghai dining right now
So much more than a vegetarian eatery, WUJIE is ‘a restaurant that turns carnivores into veggie advocates.’ This creative and considerate concept throws everything you think you know about meat-free cuisine out the door; its innovative treatment of nature’s best making for culinary works of art whose flavours and textures surprise every time, showcasing Chinese cuisine at its finest and most imaginative. From elegant but playful dishes and gorgeous plating to the adaptation and reinvention of the menu according to season, the talented team of chefs at WUJIE dream up foods that you simply won’t find elsewhere.
The Commune Social
That ineffable X-factor, that unbottleable ‘it’ atmosphere – The Commune Social’s got it. From an always-fresh, ever-quirky global menu and coveted weekend brunches by Scott Melvin to the white-on-white ‘dessert bar’ with Kim Melvin crafting unparalleled sweets to order, the eatery never fails to remain trendy, interesting and passionate about what it serves. This Shanghai-famous spot spends year after year ceaselessly winning the hearts and minds of city’s diners, and in an ever-changing culinary landscape, that’s an accomplishment worth recognising.
Raw Eatery and Wood Grill
The verdict is clear: Shanghai loves Raw Eatery and Wood Grill. Though the team strips things down to basics, focusing on fresh ingredients prepared or cooked in ways that best preserve their natural flavour – charcoal grilling and straight up raw – the results are beautifully simplistic dishes that will never, ever let you down. This is honest, hearty food at its absolute best. Plus, if we had a prize for most spirited, it would surely go to the Raw team – though not shortlisted for this award, hoards of our readers showed their love by writing them in.
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Chef Alvin Leung of three-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong isn't pulling any punches with his pricey new fine-dining venture on The Bund. The Demon Chef’s ten-course tasting menu – a riff off China's eight traditional cuisines created via techniques and ingredients of international cuisines – is an all-out, no-regrets meal of some of the most interesting food in the city.
From the team behind perennially popular Rockbund hang out The Nest, The Cannery (literally) shines golden from dishes to decor. The restaurant delivers a laid-back elegance; its stylish interior paired with casual, filling dishes and excellent drinks. With its concise but well-executed menu, ever-changing range of freshly flown-in seafood and cocktails nothing short of outstanding, The Cannery is a fabulous addition to the Shanghai scene.
Ever thought Cantonese food could be just a little more exciting? Enter Daimon Bistro with its chicken tom yum soup dumplings, cuttlefish with kaffir lime leaf mayo siumai, five-spice ox tongue spiked with herbs de Provence but also rippling with Sichuan flavours… and that’s just the start. It’s casual yet classy, but also wild, raucous and unchained – in atmosphere and in food. In 2016, Daimon Bistro brought to Shanghai a totally fresh perspective on what is perhaps China’s most globally recognised regional cuisine – and it’s fantastic.
There won’t ever be a dish you dislike at this newly opened Michelin-starred restaurant. An experience here feels like coming home – always a relief, even if you didn’t expect it – which is exactly as Chef Stefan Stiller intends, and it makes for an inarguably unique evening of dining. A monthly-changing 14-course menu ensures intrigue and surprise with each visit, and Stiller’s food is flawless.