Sake and Robata Galore
With a level of hype that rivals New York’s Sushi Samba at the height of the Sex and The City phenomenon, Shanghai’s bustling new robatayaki restaurant Sakesan is a picture of mod, minimalist glamour, from its lofted ceilings and hanging lanterns to its sakura-printed wallpaper and pink lounge sofas.
This semi-hidden haven for the charcoal grill is Hong Kong F&B giant Café Deco Group’s first foray into mainland China, and it builds on the success of the original Sakesan formula: bringing the ancient tradition of robata grilling to new, thoroughly C.21st heights.
Tucked away down a 1930s shikumen-lined lane in artsy, atmospheric Tianzifang, this shrine to grilled meat keeps the focus up front, where an open kitchen showcases the impressive charcoal grill. Sit at the surrounding bar and watch the action unfold with a few key dishes from the succinct but sweet menu – classic chicken yakitori and spicy sirloin are skewer staples, while the Korean-spiced baby back ribs, 24-hour sweet miso marinated black cod, and grilled Japanese scallops are signature Sakesan favourites.
Post-prandial, step off the main dining room and into the lounge for a selection of sake and shochu-based cocktails, like the delicious lychee and umeshu-infused Shochu Soho. Ganbei!