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Boxing Cat Brewery
Address: 82 Fuxing Xi Lu, near Yongfu Lu / 复兴西路82号, 近永福路
Hours: [Mon-Thu] 5pm-2am, [Fri] 3pm-2am, [Sat-Sun] 11am-3am
Price: [Brunch] 50~100 RMB/person, [Dinner] 150~250 RMB/person
Having gone to school for four years in the South (of the US of A), I have developed an affection for buttermilk biscuits and everything deep-fried: fried chicken, fried mac ‘n’ cheese, fried oreos, fried cheesecakes, fried burgers, and the list goes on and on. While Boxing Cat Brewery can’t compete with Southern state fairs in terms of deep-fried food variety, this homey restaurant does offer some decent Southern comfort dishes worth your time and stomach space.
Bar on the 1st floor
Coffee and bread with sweet butter
All brunch orders come with a drink (coffee, tea, or juice) and toasted whole-grain bread with sweet butter. There are some temping items on the brunch menu (see them here), but most of us ended up ordering something on the sandwich/burger/salad menus. Here’s what we got:
Grilled Steak Salad, 65 RMB
Mixed greens, blue cheese, grilled mushrooms, fried shallots, roasted baby tomatoes
and buttermilk roast tomato dressing
You are definitely getting the American portion here at Boxing Cat. For 65 RMB, you get a huge pile of mixed greens with slices of grilled steak and other miscellaneous ingredients as listed above. The salad is overall satisfying, though the steak is a bit too tough to chew.
BCB’s Burger Masterpiece, 80 RMB
Grilled mushrooms, sauteed onions, roasted tomatoes, guacamole, cheddar and garlic aioli
The burger wasn’t bad, but I much much much prefer the burgers over at Bistro Burger, which are juicier, more flavorful, and not to mention better looking. The thick cut fries, on the other hand, are excellent and come automatically with the burgers (whereas at Bistro Burger you have to order fries on the side).
Reuben the Almighty, 80 RMB
Lean brisket, sliced and stacked up high on rye bread with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut
homemade Russian dressing & whole grain mustard
Too salty. I will not order this again.
Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, 50 RMB
My favorite dish of the meal! These buttermilk pancakes were perfectly fluffy, slightly sweet, and had just the right amount of blueberries, though I would’ve liked more blueberry sauce on the top. I think I might have to order these again next time I visit.
Service wasn’t the best. While the waitress did what we asked her to do, everything was done half-heartedly with a lukewarm attitude. We asked for four plates, and she gave us one plate. We asked for ketchup, and she handed us a brand new bottle without first peeling off the outer plastic coating. Well, this is Shanghai. So yes, despite the meh service and attitude, I will come back again.