The city’s ongoing salute to names with exclamation marks continued on Saturday night as Bang! Bang! opened on the first floor of Hopson International Park in Shaungjing. The place is both pizzeria and pub, with more than a dozen seats at the bar, several high tables, a loft with three lounge areas that offer views of the main floor, and colorful art. The backers include Robin Howlett, best known as the former manager of Souk. Bang! Bang! should get a warm welcome from those Shuangjing residents who feel their part of town is under-served when it comes to Western bars and restaurants.
I tried five different kinds of pizza during the opening party and will simply say they were “tasty“, especially the one with pepperoni and the one with feta cheese. I am being general since any nuanced judgments were made impossible after an earlier visit to the home of Mr Hao and Ms Hao resulted in the consumption of a bottle of Pinotage, super-sized Manhattans with the alcohol level set to stun, and an episode of Glee. I don’t know how anyone’s brain could function after that. And it didn’t help that the fourteen ingredients in Howlett’s special Sangria at the opening party included vodka, though the food, drink, and general vibe did mean I awoke the next morning with warm if fuzzy memories.
I’m back for more soon.
(Photo: Mr Hao)