Hi! Sorry for not posting last week. Junior year is really heating up. Good news: History paper done, Capstone paper done and aced my English paper. Yay! To celebrate, I decided to spend yesterday morning at ShanXi Rd.
North ShanXi Road is one of Shanghai’s most historic and beautiful areas; however its not as historic as the bund nor is it a food paradise like XinTianDi. Why did I go there? Well, there are a few spots I’ve been DYING to try: Sumerian Coffee and Light&Salt
Sumerian Coffee is a busy little spot, a perfect place to study, hangout or chill. My friend recommended it after one of our SAGE meetings, but I never got the chance to go… until now. It was a bit early for lunch, so I stopped in for a cup. Looking at the menu, I was amazed at the variety of coffees. The day was a bit chilly, but I really wanted a cold brew. They had 5 kinds- on tap! I’m no expert on coffee so I went with the cheapest variety- 28RMB (about the same as the small Starbucks but SOOO much better!) Also HIGHLY reccomended are the classic Sumerian Iced Coffee and the variety of the topped bagels. Unfortunately, I had to save stomach for lunch
Light and Salt
After an episode of Masterchef and the rest of my coffee, I was getting hungry. Luckily, the restaurant I’ve been dying to go to was literally less that 50m away. Light&Salt is definitely one of the more upscale restaurants on the brunch scene. Prices are through the roof and I was hesitant, but a sign outside advertised:
Oysters? Only 97RMB? I was going in. As expected, the interior was extremely elegant
…. and so was the menu petite menu. Truffle is the name of the game here. I ordered my oysters. I also wanted the seafood platter, but at 347RMB, not happening…The next best option was scallop crudo with Truffle Sauce.
Let me say, those was some of the BEST oysters and scallops I’ve had in Shangahi. I obviously didn’t get the full experience here, but this is definitely a place to impress a date. Plus, they have very delicious sounding seasonal set menus.
With every decision comes an opportunity cost(Econ plug!). Mine was not going to Daliah, a highly rated, nominally Austrian, restaurant literally across the street. Their logo is “Food and Fun”. Judging by their slide, swing an pet friendly policy, they’ve lived up to their name. Theoretically, Daliah serves Austrian food, but at least for brunch, it’s more classic American, with some Austrian dishes to pay lip service. I must say, everything looked amazing and I’ll definitely have more info asap.
Well, a couple of scallops and 6 oysters, as delicious as they were, didn’t even dent my appetite, but I only had 30RMB left. So, I wandered for about a block and found a little Xinjiang place with reasonable prices. The food wasn’t great but the yogurt was.
I finished around 1 and decided it was time to go home. Honestly, that was one of the best Saturdays I’ve ever had. Anyways, I highly recommend everyone stop by Shanxi Rd for some great food and beautiful walks. See you next week!