Shanghai Restaurant Tips by koolkatz_76

Shanghai Restaurants: 431 reviews and 723 photos

Sens & Bund: Swish French Restaurant

Sens & Bund is helmed by 2 chefs who have been rated with 3 Michelin stars, so you can imagine the quality of the food.

The restaurant did not disappoint, and the food was every bit as French as you can imagine. Big plate, small food, but very innovative and delicious.

it also comes with a great bar upstairs called Rouge, where you can stop for pre-dinner drinks. The bar has an outdoor terrace, and you and your guests can mingle outside with a flute of champagne whilst admiring the unobstructed view of the famous Shanghai skyline.

Rouge turns into a really happening club after dinner hours, and the crowds just keep coming in. Even when I was there on a Tuesday night, the human traffic is non-stop. The staff informed me that on weekends, the place enjoys a very healthy queue, even though there's a cover charge of RMB 50 (which is high by Shanghai standards).

But it's worth spending some time at Rouge. The house music is really pumping and this is where some funky crowds (young expats and locals) all gather.

Address: Bund 18, 6F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai

Comparison: more expensive than average

Price: US$41 and up

Rating: 5

Theme: French

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  • Updated May 27, 2005
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Sheng Jian Bao

Shop Name: Xiao Yang Sheng Jian Guan
Location: Wujiang Lu, Mei Shi Jie (Gourmet Alley)

According to my friend, a local Shanghainese, this little shop was voted to serve the best "Sheng Jian Bao" in Shanghai.

Sheng Jian Bao is a traditional Shanghainese snack. It's essentially a dumpling, filled with minced pork. This dumpling is steamed till it's soft, then fried on a hot plate till brown on one side.

When you bite into the dumpling, hot soup gushes into your mouth, sending a burst of flavour directly to the senses.

You have to be careful to make just the teeniest little hole with your teeth in the dumpling skin, to control the speed that the soup is split out. Otherwise, it may spill all over the table or yourself!

This dingy little shop doesn't look like anything from the outside, but judging from the never-ending queue, it really must be something. We had to squeeze into this little attic to polish off the dumplings as quick as we can (basically, it's not a place to linger for hours).

There's another branch of the same shop just 2 doors away. Recommend that you try that shop as it looks less cramped.

Address: Wujiang Lu

Comparison: least expensive

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Local

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2004
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South Beauty: Sichuan Modern Cuisine

Sichuan cuisine is typically spicy and flavourful, and this restaurant does a particularly good job.

South Beauty is an upmarket place, all modern chinois chic. In Shanghai, the restaurant is found in Lane Crawford, L5. You will also come across the same restaurant in Beijing, Pacific Place.

Fantastic place for business entertainment, or if you plan to give yourself a treat.

Favorite Dish: Sichuan Tofu -

The tofu is made right before your eyes by the chef, using fresh soy milk in a clear glass dish. He will tell you what he's doing to make the tofu, albeit in the Sichuan dialect. In about 5 minutes, the soy milk has solidified into tofu , and you can choose from 4 different toppings, depending on whether you want your dish to be savoury or sweet.

Nothing beats the taste of fresh ingredients, and this is about as fresh as it can get.

Beef in Hot Chiili Oil -

Another dish full of showmanship.

The waiters will bring out a big glass pot of hot oil. Spices/chilli are floating in pot at this point, and you can see the hot oil bubbling, so imagine what the temperature must be like. Next comes a dish of raw beef sliced very thinly. The beef is then dunked into the hot oil, upon which there's this happy bubbling noise as the oil cooks the beef in a couple of seconds. Fish out the meat and enjoy!

Lotus Root (Cold Dish) -

It's common to have cold dishes together with hot dishes when dining in China, and this lotus root dish is particularly tasty.

It's basically lotus root, that's been cooked till soft, yet it remains firm in texture. It's served with a pink sweet dressing, made from the osmanthus flower. The fragrant osmanthus adds a delicate scent to the lotus root, and it tastes almost like a dessert.

Address: Lane Crawford at Xizang Road/Huai Hai Lu

Comparison: more expensive than average

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 5

Theme: Chinese/Dim Sum

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2004
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