Wednesday, 16 January 2013


There's a new kid on the block.

If you're looking for the closest thing Shanghai has to a Brooklyn-by-way-of-the-midwest hipster diner (and who isn't?), meet Homies.

Hidden behind a tagged sliding door (sliding - take note to avoid embarrassment), Homies is a one-room respite from the smoggy streets of Shanghai that allows you to feel transported back to the States while reminding you of its Chinese roots. With mismatched antique Chinese furniture, dangling dream-catchers a friend dubbed "stoner chandeliers", and custom enamel cups (cue Oregon Trail flashbacks), the place is a perfect mash-up of Asian and American. And a perfect platform for home cooking.

Owner and ex-professional skater Jay, a Michigan native, came up with menu himself after having "eaten across the midwest" ("a lot of diners!"), and although still in its soft opening stage serving only breakfast, even just breakfast proves promising, especially at these prices.

Almost unbelievably, I had a food hangover from the night before (an affliction apparently only for the truly gluttonous), so though tempted by everything on the multi-colored chalk menu ("does that say 'Blueberry Explosion'?"), I just got a straight-up breakfast burrito.

Lonely little guy. Damn my still-full stomach.

Though it was a Chinese-sized portion (read: normal, but not American), it sure was tasty - egg and cheese, with a body boosted by mashed up home fries to avoid 'skinny burrito syndrome', and a smear of cream cheese to seal the deal.

Next time I'll get it along with the extra eggs and sausage that make it a "Meal", all for the princely price of 45rmb. Maybe even with the 'Explosion' for dessert - apparently they're pancakes but I was promised fireworks.

I can't wait to come back when dinner service is swinging, but until then, coffee in those enamel cups is only 15rmb for a bottomless pour, and Jay was quick to reassure that they have Wifi, so you can come just to hang out.

Meet your new best friend.

936 Changle Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu
French Concession

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