Juke is an intimate 18-seater neighborhood eatery on Dongping Lu serving a chef-driven menu of Mediterranean food with Asian accents alongside wines.
Located on Dongping Lu, Juke is one of the first venues to open on the once-closed strip. The street was once a popular destination, home to many restaurants and bars, and got shut down in 2018. Now there is a brand new facade and a new mix of tenants. A revival!
Juke is a tiny, intimate space with seating for 18 people. It is cozy, almost like a private kitchen. There’s also a gorgeous patio in the back. That’ll be fully utilized come warmer weather.
In the kitchen is Michael Janczewski, who’s back in Shanghai for Juke, his first independent project. He spent most of his formative years with Black Sheep Restaurants at Ho Leek Fook (Hong Kong), then Canton Disco (Edition Shanghai), and most recently Belon (Asia’s 50 Best, Michelin 1-star, Hong Kong).
What’s On The Menu
The food at Juke is neo-bistro, Mediterranean foundations peppered with Asian flavors, using high-quality ingredients. On the menu are 12-14 dishes with some specials. It’s mostly to share, not so much a course-by-course dinner menu.
Some dishes are more delicate with very fine flavors like the crudo, while others are punchy with rich sauces like the beef shank. Then you have the simple yet excellent three-ingredient calamari.
Here’s what to expect:
As for drinks, Juke mostly does wine. Their wine list, entitled “The Acre Project” is a selection from boutique wineries chosen based on “parcel size,” meaning wineries with an acreage of less than 50 acres. Yeah, it’s pretty complex, but hey, it’s a way to stand out. The winemakers are also given due credit with bios and fun facts in the menu. That said there are about 50-60 labels, wines by the glass from ¥68, by the bottle from ¥350.
They also have a small selection of cocktails by a featured guest bartender. The current drinks, classics with an Asian twist, were fashioned by Ilya Gorshkov of Italo Trattoria.
All in all, the food is very tasty, the prices are approachable, and it’s all done in a unique setting. It’s a nice addition to this part of town, where for the longest time has been a bit quiet.
Lunch hours to come early spring. Outdoor seating will open around the same time. Average check for dinner is about ¥350-400 per person with a drink.
Address: 9-11 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu 东平路9-11号，近衡山路
Soft Opening Hours: 5:30pm-midnight, last order 11pm