Operation Dagger: The Wine Drink that Stole My Cold Wine Snob Heart

With its offering of innovative culinary concoctions made of micro herbs, vinegars, fermented produce, as well as a mix of cooking techniques, Luke Whearty’s Operation Dagger in Singapore has been at the forefront of Asia’s bar industry for the past few years, appearing on the World’s and Asia’s 50 Best Bars lists year after year.

DMBA 2018 – A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

DRiNK Magazine has been bringing the best of Asia’s beverage industry together for the past few years, creating an incredible educational and entertainment program of pop-ups from the world’s best bars in Shanghai. They’ve given our local cocktail connoisseurs and aficionados the great chance of exploring the world of drinks, all in the comfort of…

Creative Japanese Food with a Hint of Germany at UMI, Taikoo Hui

[This venue has since been closed and substituted with yet another hot pot restaurant] Taikoo Hui has been positioning itself as a fine dining mall nestling various high-end restaurant concepts that aim at satisfying the palates of Shanghai’s most discerning diners. UMI Restaurant & Terrace is the latest addition to Taikoo Hui, offering a German-influenced Japanese…

Take a Peek at New Boutique Hotel, The Shanghai EDITION

Highly anticipated and hyped new boutique hotel The Shanghai EDITION, is now open on Nanjing Dong Lu, near Henan Lu, a stone’s throw from The Bund. Obviously I had to go take a look, and was lucky enough to receive a complete tour by Eddy Ding, the affable Signature Restaurant and Bar Lounge General Manager….

Food with Character in a Stylish Ambiance: Blackbird Nails It!

OHA Design, the design and architecture firm behind OHA Eatery and Bar No. 3, is bringing Blackbird back to life at new lifestyle hub Columbia Circle. As you enter and walk deeper into the Changning commercial complex, you’ll soon notice a stunning glass building. Designed by acclaimed Dutch architect and Harvard professor Rem Koolhaas, Blackbird’s…

Tested and Re-Tested: Canton Table Wins the Cantonese Food Game.

Canton Table is the latest addition to the Three on the Bund family, and what I consider one of my favorite restaurant openings in the past (too many) months. It’s so good after the invited tasting I had to immediately go back with friends, and I’m looking forward to my next visit already. The vast…

Re-defining Mall Dining: Oriental House

If you’re part of the Shanghai F&B industry or affiliated to it or even just a foodie, you will have noticed that many great restaurants are being pushed to move into malls and commercial complexes. It’s a government-led effort to make Shanghai cleaner and safer (?), with street-front businesses being shut down or losing their…

New Menu at The Nest: Brunch Lovers Rejoice!

Shanghai brunch culture is getting stronger and stronger. Every week, on Friday afternoon, many WeChat groups start debating on what’s the latest best brunch in town. Several venues are currently competing to get a portion of this lucrative market share with more or less attractive brunch menus and set deals.

Sexy Date at Dozo Izakaya Shanghai

Dozo is a very sexy venue in the heart of Jing’an District. Bring your crush, date, partner here and you won’t fail to impress him/her and considerably higher your chances of getting laid after dinner. The food is standard izakaya food at a premium, definitely go for their sushi and sashimi platters, which are fresh…

Great After-work Deals at Shangri-La’s 1515 West Chophouse and Bar

After-work time is always a delicate matter, with floating doubts on whether to go home and cook up something healthy, giving in to laziness and going for an early dinner out, hitting up the about-to-shut-down Yongkang Lu for some action, or treating yourself a fancy time after a tough day. Shall you opt for the…

Sexy Pornstar Martinis at el Cóctel.

[This venue has unfortunately been closed since the time of my visit] El Cóctel is a cocktail bar (quite obviously from the name) backed by the lovely guys of el Willy (also, quite clearly from the name). Opened in 2010, this bar is the product of a communal effort of three passionate and expert mixologists Munenori…