Bringing The Brit
If recent restaurant openings offer any indication, there’s a new trending cuisine emerging in Shanghai. Joining the revamped and rebranded Stuff’d gastropub flying the flag for the Brits now comes Mr Harry, a culinary homage to all things English, from breakfast and ‘elevenses’, through to lunch, traditional afternoon tea and supper. But though the dishes here reference classic pub fare, owner Harry Spencer has eschewed verbs like ‘low-lit’ and ‘character-packed’ when it comes to décor, instead playing more towards elevated dining room style, replete with tartan-clad waitstaff, panelled walls, elegant dark wood furnishings, and bright and airy ambience.
Perched high atop buzzy West Nanjing Lu, Harry’s head chef Paul Mair of Scotland serves up all the favourites: porridge, eggs and The Full English fry-up to start the day; bacon, sausage and chargrilled chicken baps with myriad toppings for lunch; English teas, scones, homemade jams and cucumber sandwiches for afternoon tea; and ham hock terrine, Ploughman’s platters, bangers and mash, and fish and chips with pea puree for dinner. Save room for desserts like Eton Mess, and whiskey-marmalade bread and butter pudding with custard. Or if you just fancy a quick pint, there’s a neat menu of bar snacks to accompany that too. Way to bring the Brit!