Shanghai’s Modern Indian Restaurant KLAY Spices Up The Dining Scene
On July 14, 2021
KLAY is a contemporary Indian restaurant led by chef Hardeep Somal. It opened in February and has since commanded quite the following.
Located in Jing’an, KLAY is a tightly run ship with a fast-rotating menu of dishes. The food is contemporary Indian, and is similar to what you’d find at upmarket Indian restaurants in the London or LA—traditional roots with global influences. And that’s very much in-tune with Somal’s upbringing, who grew up in a Punjabi household in London.
Update May 2023:
Since opening, KLAY has grown into it’s own unique character and commands a loyal following. It’s a no-frills dining destination that promises delicious modern Indian cuisine in a fun, casual setting.
On the menu are refined Indian dishes that stem from its traditional origins. Other iterations like the butter chicken taco are more playful, while some are showy centerpieces like the whole rack of roasted tandoori lamb, a menu special that not only impresses in looks but in mouthwatering flavor.
Lunch & Brunch
Lunch sets start from ¥78, entrée with a choice of garlic or plain naan, rice, and soft drink. Weekend brunch menu is a la carte with dishes ranging from ¥38 to ¥358.
KLAY Address: 1124 Beijing Xi Lu, near Shaanxi Bei Lu 北京西路1124号, 近陕西北路 Tel: 52788175 Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 6-10pm; Sat-Sun 11am-2pm, 6-10pm
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.