[Shanghai Girl Eats] Hunter Gatherer 悦衡食集
Hunter Gatherer is a farm-to-table concept — meaning its sources its food from its own farms in Shandong and Chongming Island and then serves it. The motivation behind Hunter Gatherer was that sibling co-founders Anmao and Harn wanted to know what they were eating in China (some days I really wonder if that garnish on my wonton soup could really be boiled plastic). So why not source their own food? Modern day hunter gatherers.
Hunter Gatherer is mainly dining and partially grocery store and reminds me of Whole Foods in the U.S. There are fresh produce sourced from their farms and products (beverages, sauces, jarred goods) imported from all over the world. The dining menu consists of sandwiches, salads, and hot foods to create your own bowls with.
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Make your own almond butter, which I don’t know what I would do with but I am sure other people do.
Terrace space for nice days.
Refreshing Papaya Party (RM42) with papaya, ginger, banana, fresh mint, watermelon, Greek yogurt, lemon and Green Monster (RMB42) with blanched morning glory, spinach, pineapple, coconut water, chia seeds.
Build a bowl with 1 base + 1 protein + 2 vegetables (RMB62)
Rabbit food can taste good. I built my own bowl with five-grain rice + braised bulgolgi tofu + roasted tomato & fennel + broccoli pumpkin pancake. I like the fact that these are all warm.
Hunter Gatherer also makes its own sauces like sweet cilantro soy, Carolina BBQ, Korean chili, and Field of Screams (read: spicy).
The savory broccoli pumpkin pancake was definitely one of the highlights. A nice crisp on the outside and soft inside.
I like these and this is coming from someone who usually avoid tomatoes when possible. I gave it a shot and these were pleasantly warm, plump and juicy.
Smoked salmon salad (RMB64) with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, red radish, shaved fennel & red onion, house-smoked Norwegian salmon, capers, creamy dill dressing. The house-smoked salmon is really well seasoned — I wouldn’t mind this in my rice bowl.
After trying a few coconut lattes around the city, Hunter Gatherer serves one of the best — coconut cold brew latte (RMB42) with coconut milk and apple simple syrup.
I spotted a carrot cake (RMB32 per slice/available on weekends only) with maple cream cheese frosting at the dessert station and made a beeline for it. That frosting is so cream cheesy they got it right. I am also declaring this one of the best carrot cakes in Shanghai (along with Morton’s).