Shop 210 / 96 Plaza / 796 Dongfang Lu
/ Jinqiao / +86 21 5856 8521 / 10am-10pm
Boasting one of the most recognisable skylines in the world, Shanghai’s Pudong district is hardly a stranger to cutting edge architecture and design, particularly with some of Shanghai’s most iconic buildings including the futuristic Oriental Pearl Tower and the ‘bottle opener’ World Financial Center. So, it should come as no surprise that the team behind Pudong’s new Japanese diner 721 Tonkatsu would plump for nothing less than acclaimed Beijing design firm Golucci International for their new restaurant’s conceptualisation.
And what an invaluable decision that was, for the new space, sporting a sleek wooden finish, exposed brick walls and juxtaposed beams, topped off with an array of beautifully whimsical cloud-like lights, makes for the perfect escape from the surrounding hustle and bustle. The namesake attraction is Japan’s much-loved breaded pork cutlet, which comes here in a variety of incarnations including cheese, oyster and tofu combinations, that have all been masterfully deep-fried to crispy breadcrumb perfection. Lastly, be sure to leave room for their gorgeous little Yogurt Pot, a terracotta cup of velvety vanilla yogurt topped with crumbly dark chocolate and a sprig of mint, artfully disguised as a plant pot. Tonkatsu chic!