Above: Unico held its grand opening last weekend.
Unico isnâ€™t bringing just the flavors of the South American pampas to Shanghaiâ€™s Bund, at 1,000 square metersâ€”billed as Asiaâ€™s largest tapas loungeâ€”itâ€™s drawn on their scale, too. Located at the heritage building Three on the Bund, chef Mauro Colagreco has created a diverse selection of tapas, from octopus tiradito to lobster mocqueca with peanut oil, backed by first-class experienceâ€”Colagreco was the first Argentinian chef to be awarded two Michelin stars. His restaurant, Mirazur, which lies close to the French-Italian border, is listed at No. 24 on San Pellegrino Worldâ€™s 50 Best Restaurants. At the bar, HĂ©ktor Monroy and Ines de los Santos are on hand to mix passion fruit and cayenne pisco sour (â€śa bestseller in Chile, Argentina, and Peruâ€”fruity and slightly spicy,â€ť) or an agave and coriander mojito.
Three on the Bund, 2nd Floor, No.3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road; 86-21/5308-5399; www.unico.cn.com