Open Hours: 11:00am-midnight from Sun-Thurs; 11am-2:00am from Fri-Sat
Phone number: 6445 9589
Price Range: 100-200rmb
English Address: 1028 Huaihai Middle Road/2F
Chinese Address: 淮海中路1028号嘉华坊2楼
Metro: Line 10 or 1 Shaanxi Nan Lu
Located across the new IAPM mall, Liquid Laundry has only been up and running for a few months but its already all the hype. I first decided to check out this gastropub when I was out for lunch with my co-workers. I ended up loving the concept and food so much (not sure which one more – the lines got blurry) that I brought my friends here today.
Upon entering the rustic restaurant, I walked right into the lounging area located next to the cocktail bar with a vintage light-bulb “Liquid” sign hanging on the wall next to the selection of cocktails available.
With pattern printed sofas, rope-weaved lounge chairs, black studded coffee tables and low-hung glass lights, the area gave off a modern, yet quirky vibe.
We settled for a seat close to the windows overlooking Donghu Lu. I was handed a menu that was plastered on a laundry board (Igetitnow), which featured all your staple American cuisines including a selection of cleverly named pizzas, mixed salads, burgers, roasted meats, soups and sandwiches.
They have three kinds of set lunches where 70rmb will get you homemade bread paired with ¼ of a roasted chicken and your choice of side, 95rmb will get you a soup or salad with a main dish of pizza and 130rmb will get you homemade bread with ½ of a roasted chicken and your choice of side. Both chicken lunch sets come with your choice of “original”, “licked”, “BBQ” or “hot as shit” sauce.
Last time I came I ordered the ¼ chicken lunch set and was surprised with how much I enjoyed it. I’m not typically a fan of roasted chicken, but the meat was tender and the “hot as shit” sauce didn’t disappoint – for a 70rmb meal I was pretty satisfied. Today I decided to take a chance with the normal menu and ordered the Scottish smoked salmon with bagel chips (98rmb).
The salmon was fresh and the bagel chips were baked, salted and crisped but the portion was much smaller than expected and not very filling. Not worth a red Chairman Mao in my opinion.
Although the pizza combo is supposed to come with a soup/salad, they were kind enough to switch the starter to homemade bread upon request.
Next came the “Got Wood?” pizza, which consisted of smoked chicken, arugula pesto and mozzarella.
Fresh out of the wood fired oven, this miniature pizza tasted as good as it smelled. With its crispy crust and tender chicken, this order was definitely a winner.
We also ordered a “Mr. Green Pants” pizza that was topped with zucchini, squash, roasted onions, eggplant, sundried tomatoes goat’s cheese. The vegetables were well seasoned and the serving was just enough to satisfy the appetite.
Overall, the highlight of this pub is the pizza lunch combo, which includes a freshly oven baked pizza accommodated with your choice of salad, soup or bread. With its stark, hipster atmosphere, I can definitely see why there’s been such a big buzz about this place – and the cute suspender/white collared outfits that the waiters don’t hurt either.