Borderless Cuisine at Sage Shanghai, Chef Jun Nishiyama’s New Restaurant
On October 5, 2023
Singaporean chef Jun Nishiyama, previously senior sous chef at Ultraviolet, has joined up with Alan Grillo (Cometa) to open Sage, his first independent restaurant in Shanghai.
Sage dishes up borderless cuisine in the style of casual fine dining; it’s wholly casual and fine dining aspects are only found in the food and technique.
It’s the most interesting and exciting new restaurant I’ve seen this year; brazen flavors with eyebrow-raising accents, and memorable one-two punches is what you’ll find at Sage.
Located along Suzhou Creek right next to Cometa, Sage is a small space with about 22 seats, a galley dining room and a large table facing the open kitchen. It’s intimate, unstuffy, and comfortable.
The food at Sage isn’t limited to one cuisine; influences span the globe and are married with techniques usually found in fine dining kitchens. The result is one that’s unique and creative, yet playful and easy to enjoy.
For drinks, wines by the glass start from ¥88, simple house cocktails from ¥88, Peroni beer ¥38.
Sage is exciting.Flavors are big! No hiding that. Diners looking for a meal that’s experiential will likely find plenty of conversation starters here. While it is a dining experience that’s great for discovery, it is also very approachable in form—I believe anyone would find it enjoyable.
Very looking forward to more development at Sage.
Currently a la carte. Later, Sage aims to switch to a set menu with supplemental dishes.
Sage Gastro Shanghai Address: 1407 Nan Suzhou Lu 南苏州路1407号 Tel: 18917043962 WeChat: sage_gastro Hours: Tue-Sat, 6pm-midnight; closed Mon& Sun
Rachel Gouk has been writing about food and drink in Shanghai since 2011. She is a food critic, writer, photographer, and F&B consultant based in Shanghai. Nomfluence was founded in May 2018 as a means to express her love for the Shanghai F&B scene. Follow her blog www.nomfluence.com or on Instagram @nomfluence.