[Shanghai Girl Eats] Nicolson’s Grill
Nicolson’s Grill | Dianping
Address: B2, K11 Building, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu / 淮海中路300号上海K11购物艺术中心B2层
Date visited: 2017.01
Price: RMB78 burger
Will return: Maybe
Nicolson’s started as a butcher shop on Wuyuan Lu where you can buy a variety of cuts meat and sausage to bring home to cook. The K11 location also offers butcher cuts as well as made-to-order grilled steaks and burgers that you can eat then and there in the basement food court (but good luck finding a place to sit or stand).
Classic burger with grilled onions and thousand island dressing (RMB78 with fries or salad)
Nicolson’s offers a classic burger (occasionally there may be another burger on special). Not bad for a food court burger — albeit not McDonald’s prices since this is butcher shop quality meat. I do think this could be RMB20-30 cheaper given the food court environment.
The beef patty is loosely packed, juicy and stacked between classic condiments: American cheese, grilled onions, tomato and lettuce. I also wouldn’t mind if this came with raw onions. They go pretty light on the thousand island dressing so I like to add some ketchup on mine. The bun is quite fluffy and helps to soak up the blood and juices that come out of the patty.
The tricky thing about whether I would return or not is that Highline is across the street and they have a killer burger (also comes with fries or salad) for just RMB20 more. The Highline burger is more gourmet and premium but its price point is not much higher than Nicolson’s and you can sit peacefully in a proper restaurant rather than hover over other eaters to try to get the next seat. The Highine burger is simply the best in Shanghai right now and it would be hard to justify choosing another burger within close proximity.