Tire Tycoons Tell You Where to Eat in Shanghai

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 

under Food by Kenny Ong



Are you tired of all these articles covering the star-rated restaurants in Shanghai’s first Michelin Guide? Doesn’t matter, here’s another one. But you should know that this article is rated 3 stars by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Guide, so it stands out from all those other articles.


(The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man guiding New Yorkers through their best restaurants.)


Like the Michelin Guide and its star rating system for a town and its restaurants, it’s a big deal for any article or publication to be considered for the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s guide. It’s like, we made it, man. We are most excellent, and that big fat rubber baron said so.




3 Michelin Star Restaurant
T'ang Court

In case you’re somehow only now realizing it, yes, the “Michelin” of Michelin Guides is one and the same with Michelin Tires. Did you know that pale rubber golem you call the Michelin Man has a name? It’s Bibendum, or Bib, or Bibelobis. His name is Latin for “drink”, from a line of ancient Roman Poetry. Bib used to wear pince-nez glasses, smoke cigars, and piss on anything that wasn’t French (not even joking).



2 Michelin Star Restaurants
8 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana
L'Atelier de Jöel Robuchon
Ultra Violet
Canton 8
Yi Long Court
Imperial Treasure
YongFoo Elite

The first Michelin Guide was published in 1900. Before then, Michelin was just a pair of French wheel moguls who needed a way to drive up car and therefore tire sales. So they put together a travel guide describing fantastic cities and orgasmic restaurants that you could go to if only you had a car with Michelin tires on it.



1 Michelin Star Restaurants
Sir Elly's
Da Dong (iapm, Park Place)
Madam Goose (Xinzhuang)
Phénix
Fu He Hui
Seventh Son (Kerry Centre)
Jin Xuan
Kanpai Classic
Lao Zheng Xing
Lei Garden (IFC, iapm)
Shang-High
Le Patio & la Famille
Jade Mansion
Taian Table
Xin Rong Ji (Shanghai Plaza)
Yong Yi Ting

The Michelin Guide's "Bib Gourmand" selection of restaurants that offer quality nosh at less than 200 RMB is named after, you guessed it, Bibelobis.



Bib Gourmand Restaurants
A Niang Mian
Alma by DN
Da Hu Chun (Sichuan Road)
Wujie (SWFC, Bund, Xujiahui)
Din Tai Fung (Shanghai Centre)
East Eatery
Crystal Jade (Xintiandi)
Gong De Lin (West Nanjing Road)
Hai Jin Zi (Jinxian Road)
Han Mama
Jesse
King Kong Dumpling & Noodles (Mengzi Road)
Lan Ting
Lan Xin
Lu Bo Lang
Mi Thai

So that's it for the very first Shanghai edition of Michelin's little red book of restaurants. Better get your reservations now if you want to kick the tires on these newly emblazoned restaurants. It's about to get crowded.




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