169 Xinle Lu (entrance on Donghu Lu)
/ +86 5466 1667 / open 11am-10pm daily
A Healthy Haven
With foodies the world over becoming ever more conscious of their cuisine’s nutritional value (and its effect on their waistlines), it was with great anticipation that charming new health café Sproutworks arrived in Shanghai this January. Located at the end of Donghu Lu in a white and wood space decorated with houseplants, wooden crates and vintage lamps, this latest venture from restaurateur Kelley Lee is an eco-friendly ‘fast casual’ diner that serves up recycled paper plates piled high with California-focused dishes and homegrown ingredients, with plenty of vegan-friendly options as well.
Ever changing and Medi-Asian inspired, the perfect-for-lunch menu features 3 daily soups (including the delectable spicy chickpea), paninis like prosciutto and truffle tapenade, chickpea falafel with pickled onion and grilled eggplant, and the East-meets-West fusion salad with almonds, wontons and mandarin slices along with your pick of the 14 daily sides. These range from couscous and quinoa to a mix of kale, bitter radicchio and bacon, or lentils with frisee, smoked duck and apple. If you’re indecisive, request half-sides or try two variations in one - we like baby cucumbers, feta, olives and tomatoes with watermelon radish-topped seared tuna. Protein-poor patrons can also add portions of tofu, salmon or roast beef tenderloin, along with sips of strawberry lemonade and passionfruit iced tea. Delicious and guilt free? Who knew!