Shanghai Tries to Break a Restaurant Curse

Elizabeth Tichenor Photography
The bar area at Shanghai.
Shanghai opened on August 22 on Market and Dolores, and although the large space is in what many might consider to be a prime location, others have deemed it something of a cursed location.

The building has been home to three restaurants in the past two years: Scenester Cal-Ital spot Mecca (2006-2010), the unfortunately named Chinese brasserie Pudong (December 2010-March 2011), and Asian small bites eatery Ginger Fruit (June 2011-October 2011).

Executive chef Leo Gan previously cooked at the similarly named Shanghai 1930. He offers a menu of Shanghai-style dim sum and light bites; many of these items are available on a separate late night menu ($6-12), which is served from 10-11:45 p.m.. There are also more robust offerings ($12-16), such as a "signature" chicken flambé and a fresh fruit-laced fried filet of sole "on the vine," and a number of original cocktails.

The dining room seats up to 130 people, which applies a lot of pressure for any restaurant to succeed, but if word of the late night menu spreads, Shanghai might just find its niche in the neighborhood.

With any luck, it'll stick around.

Shanghai 2029 Market (at Dolores), 701-8866

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