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Trendy area evolves on Anfu Rd

ANFU Road surprises both locals and expatriates with its ever-changing atmosphere. The section between Wukang Road and Wulumuqi Road is rather trendy with new restaurants, fashion boutiques, furniture stores and galleries. A Japanese restaurant has opened recently while a homey Italian eatery tucked inside a small lane has been receiving rave reviews. A new gallery is also worth checking out.

Sushi Raku

The minimalistic decor of Sushi Raku aims to bring the full Japanese experience to diners. The food is prepared by Japanese chefs who can demonstrate a wide variety of techniques used in Japanese cooking. As suggested by its name, Sushi Raku mainly specializes in sushi, however the chef's recommendation omakase sets at 300 yuan (US$47.33), 400 yuan and 600 yuan are tailor-made to allow diners to sample each of the most popular menu options including starters, poached, deep-fried, grilled and steamed dishes. Fish is imported three times a week from Japan depending on seasonal supply. Seasonal dishes are also available like the winter special king crab shabu shabu (150 yuan). Rice dishes and hotpots suitable for the cold weather also come highly recommended. Lunch sets are from 78 yuan to 118 yuan and afternoon tea sets with a drink and Japanese desserts are also available. For alcohol lovers there is a full selection of wines available ranging from sake to champagnes and cocktails. Popular with both locals and expatriates, Sushi Raku is a new star on Anfu Road.

Opening hours: 11am-10pm

Address: 2/F, 195 Anfu Rd

Tel: 5404-4877


New to the vibrant dining scene on Anfu Rd, eight-month old Settebello is a good addition. With a team headed by a chef from their now defunct Huashan Road location, the genuine Italian dishes here are designed to impress and bring a taste of home. With an inconspicuous and intimate setting, Settebello only has space for 16 patrons and the popularity of this small restaurant means reservations are highly recommended. Lunch sets are available at 85 yuan, where you can kick off the meal with either a soup or salad, have a main course of your choice and a drink. Dinner is about 200 yuan per person without drinks. The caramelized cod fish (188 yuan) and pumpkin gnocchi (78 yuan) are worth writing home about. Settebello is a great place to impress a date.

Opening hours: 11am-11pm

Address: 193 Anfu Rd

Tel: 3356-2587

The Gallery

The Gallery is an art collective, created by a group of people motivated by their love of art. Molly Lee, a Malaysian with 25 years of advertising experience, has been collecting Chinese art for more than a decade. She partnered with Sai Kit Loke, who shares a similar passion for art and culture. The duo explored possibilities related to art and aimed to create non-traditional ways for art to be appreciated by more people. They have collaborated with various media, worked with artists and young talent while at the same time have held joint activities with creative companies. The gallery shows new paintings every month. The current exhibition includes different works from six artists. In January, the Gallery will feature a Cai Ming solo exhibition while paintings by Du Jie and Shi Jing will be displayed in March.

Opening hours: 10am-6pm

Address: 183 Anfu Rd

Tel: 5404-7876


An immaculately yet comfortably designed shop, four-year-old Couturier brings the phrase "custom-made" to a new level. With a wide selection of locally sourced and unique fabrics, customers can create one-of-a-kind items ranging from the available designs by the Japanese designer cum boss. Bags, pouches, scarves and even clothes can be custom-made, and you can choose your own thickness, length and design. Couturier carries both women's and children's clothes. The collection ranges from skirts at 750 yuan to a coat for 1,500 yuan depending on the final effect desired by the customer. Leather bracelets and original, handmade Shanghainese-inspired flowers are also sold to complete an outfit. For those that love the idea of being able to participate in the creation process, Couturier's beautifully designed basic products and wide range of fabrics is a shop not to be missed.

Opening hours: 12pm-6pm (closed during New Year Holiday)

Address: 151 Anfu Rd

Tel: 5404-7110


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