Beverage brand Shanghai Love opens a brick and mortar, automotive brand Genesis has a restaurant in Xintiandi, and Tianzifang gets a refresh with new openings, including Mediterranean restaurant SUR.


Shanghai Love

Address: 221 Maoming Bei Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu 茂名北路221号, 近南京西路
Tel: 62666517
Hours: 11:30am-midnight

Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Shanghai Love is a bar and restaurant in Jing’an, brought to you by the beverage brand of the same name. Asian-inspired small plates and 24 taps for draft beer and cocktails.

Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

It’s located in Fengsheng Li on Maoming Bei Lu, in the space that was once White Castle. It’s fairly small; the centerpiece bar takes up most of the real estate. It’s mostly counter seating—at the bar, at the windows facing the street, and in front of the open kitchen.

Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The drinks menu covers all the bases from Shanghai Love’s own to China-only wines, sakes, and cocktails. There are 24 taps, pouring Shanghai Love beers (from ¥18/125ml), ciders, and draft cocktails (from ¥68/200ml), nitro cold brew coffee (¥58), and also features some guest taps.

There are also signature cocktails (from ¥88), created by Shanghai Love’s own Sean Shao. Drinks have an Asian twist, and most use locally made spirits like Crimson Pangolin. A handful of them feature beer as the base, like the Chocolate Negroni, which uses Shanghai Love Chocolate Stout.

Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Hibiscus Baijiu Tonic (¥98) – Hibiscus and dried orange peel infused baijiu with Pao original tonic. It’s bubbly, floral and citrusy, and light. Easy drinking.

The food is Asian-inspired small plates. They’ve employed the help of consultant chef Michael Janczewski to set up the menu. There are some bar snacks, a raw bar selection, deep-fried goodies that go well with drinks, and few sharing dishes from the charcoal grill.

Here’s what to expect:

Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bar snacks: beer nuts (¥28), Chinese cabbage (¥28), cucumber with seaweed (¥28). Choose three for ¥78.
Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Malborough Oyster (¥88/two) with konbu-ginger vinaigrette and chives from the charcoal grill.
Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Yellowtail Sashimi (¥78) with burnt chili tosazu (fermented vinegar), and a small mountain of finely grated daikon and apple. Delightful.
Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Salmon Sashimi (¥88) with bamboo and Mandarin
Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Chicken Mid Wings (¥78) – Fried chicken coated in Shanghai Love beer batter, sprinkled over with chili garlic crisp, and peanuts. The wings are so good you don’t need the Sriracha mayo that comes with it.
Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Tribute To White Castle (¥98) – A milk bun sandwich with wagyu M5 sirloin katsu, tamarind glaze, and cabbage slaw. Great value and very tasty.
Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bone-tender Iberico Pork Ribs (¥128) with daikon ponzu and chili glaze.
Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Whole Boston Lobster (¥488) – An extravagant dish compared to the rest of the menu offerings. I can’t deny that it’s absolutely delicious, especially when doused with the addictive seaweed butter and yuzu sauce. Will I go to Shanghai Love for a lobster dinner? It is unlikely.
Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Pork and Cabbage Udon (¥58) with shacha vinaigrette.
Shanghai Love, a restaurant and bar by the beverage brand of the same name. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Uni Chirashi (¥118) topped with salmon tartare and nori jam, and a cured egg yolk in the center. Sea urchin and salmon with egg over rice…what’s not to love?

A large majority of the dishes are snack-sized. There are a couple of sharing dishes, but there aren’t enough entrées for it to be a dinner destination. Though, you could order a bit of everything to fill up. The food is tasty—I’ll be back for the wings, sandwich, and ribs—but I’ll be going more for the drinks.

There’s also a lunch set from 11am-3pm, dishes from ¥68, includes a miso soup and soft drink or coffee.


Genesis Restaurant

Address: NL2-06-08, 2/F, Hong Kong Plaza, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu 淮海中路282号香港广场北座2层NL2-06-08, 近黄陂南路
Tel: 53951288
Hours: 5pm-10pm

Genesis Restaurant by automaker Genesis opens in Xintiandi, Shanghai.

Genesis Restaurant is a modern Korean restaurant from the automotive brand of the same name. Genesis, a sub-brand under Hyundai, opened a showroom in Xintiandi along with a restaurant—cars on the first floor, dining room and bar on the second floor.

Genesis Restaurant by automaker Genesis opens in Xintiandi, Shanghai.

There are two set menus available, five courses and a dessert, priced at ¥588 per person, which includes one signature cocktail or mocktail of choice. One set menu is a collaboration between Korean chef Tom Ryu of super popular, impossible to book Jeju Izakaya (Belloco Group), and the other set menu inspired by Michelin one-star Onijum (Korea). The restaurant is managed by Muse Group (Highline, Tiffany Café, The Nest, The Cannery, etc), and the cocktails were created by group bartender Michael Chen.

Genesis Restaurant by automaker Genesis opens in Xintiandi, Shanghai.

I tried chef Tom’s tasting menu. It’s tasty, modern Korean, and not dissimilar to the look and feel of what you’d get at Jeju Izakaya.

Some dishes are more casual (which taste great, like the pork and oyster), while others appear more polished (the sweet ebi starter, which feels more Japanese).

Here’s what to expect:

Genesis Restaurant by automaker Genesis opens in Xintiandi, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Haemul Bugak – A raw starter of tuna, sweet ebi shrimp, uni, caviar, and deep-fried potato chips.
Genesis Restaurant by automaker Genesis opens in Xintiandi, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Truffle Jeonbok Juk – Congee with abalone and shaved truffle. It’s a comforting, easy to enjoy dish.
Genesis Restaurant by automaker Genesis opens in Xintiandi, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Sous-Vide Bossam – Thick cut pieces of sous vide pork belly served with fresh raw oyster seasoned with a spicy, vinegary chili, fresh kimchi, and mentaiko sauce. Again, very easy to enjoy, and reminds me very much of the food at Jeju Izakaya.
Genesis Restaurant by automaker Genesis opens in Xintiandi, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Ojingeo Muguk – A spicy, light-bodied radish soup with a piece of whole baby squid. This was a highlight. It’s a deliciously complex soup and the squid is very tender and pillowy.
Genesis Restaurant by automaker Genesis opens in Xintiandi, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bulgogi Bibimbap – A crowd-pleaser. Barbecued beef with spicy fish roe sauce atop rice, completely blanketed over with finely chopped green onions.
Genesis Restaurant by automaker Genesis opens in Xintiandi, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Makgeolli Chocolate – White chocolate infused with makgeolli, a traditional Korean fermented rice liquor.
Genesis Restaurant by automaker Genesis opens in Xintiandi, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Cocktails by Michael Chen

I don’t have a single bad word to say about the food at Genesis. But will I go to a car showroom to have dinner? Nope. Luxury brands branching into restaurants and bars is not a novel thing, some work as standalone venues and some don’t. Let’s just say I don’t fall into the category of “I’m tired of browsing cars and am now hungry.”

Genesis Restaurant is currently in soft opening, serving the menus for dinner only.


SUR eatery & bar

Address: No. 11, Building 7, 210 Taikang Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu 泰康路210弄7号院11室, 近瑞金二路
Tel: 13570132722
Hours: Tue-Thu, 11:30am-6pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun, 11am-6pm

SUR eatery & bar, a restaurant in Tianzifang, Shanghai.

SUR is a restaurant/bar located in a newly developed area in Tianzifang that serves Mediterranean food and waffles.

The biggest attraction is most definitely the space. SUR has claim to a gorgeous brick-laid patio, and has access to an adjacent balcony. Now isn’t the best season for it, but come warmer months, and after SUR has completed their sun-roofed extension, it’ll be hella packed. It’s also dog-friendly!

SUR eatery & bar, a restaurant in Tianzifang, Shanghai.

The food is Mediterranean-inspired small plates with a rather heavy brunch vibe. There are also fresh made waffles, a requisite item as per the founders’ requirements. There are eight waffles on the menu, available sweet or savory.

Here’s what to expect:

SUR eatery & bar, a restaurant in Tianzifang, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Chili Con Carne Waffle (¥88) – Waffles with pork and red bean chili topped with a poached egg. I’m not a waffle expert, but I can say that these aren’t very dense and are nicely crisped around the edges.
SUR eatery & bar, a restaurant in Tianzifang, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Spinach Stracciatella (¥68) – Baby spinach, fried eggplant, stracciatella cheese, and peanut praline. Excellent combination of flavor and texture for a simple, tasty salad.
SUR eatery & bar, a restaurant in Tianzifang, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Truffle Matches (¥48) – Shoestring fries with truffle oil and a mountain of shaved parmesan cheese.
SUR eatery & bar, a restaurant in Tianzifang, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Sausage Plate (¥158) – Spicy chorizo and thick, fatty butifarra sausage. High quality ingredients speak for themselves.
SUR eatery & bar, a restaurant in Tianzifang, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Sardine & Cold Roasted Vegies (¥78) – Sardines over chilled, roasted eggplant, red peppers, and onion.
SUR eatery & bar, a restaurant in Tianzifang, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Scallop & Mushroom (¥118) – Pan-seared scallop with fried shiitake and white mushrooms over a smooth green pea purée and sous-vide egg. Clean flavors, very enjoyable.

The food is simple and polished with very clean flavors and clear ideas. It’s also good value for money. The lunch set is even more so, which is available from Tuesday to Friday from 11:30am, ¥88 for a main dish and a side.

SUR is in soft opening. Dinner hours are due shortly after Chinese New Year.