Chun (Spring): "Unpretentious Home-Cooked Fare" Top 5 Page for this destination Shanghai Shi Restaurant Tip by ellyse
Shanghai Shi Restaurants: 58 reviews and 165 photos
Tucked away behind a non-eye-catching door on Jinxian Lu, you'll never suspect that this's one of the best places for unpretentious, honest-to-goodness, home-style Shanghainese cuisine. There's no menu, just ask the friendly auntie (female boss) what's tasty. You won't regret following her advice!
They also give a small appetiser and some fruit (dessert) for free, a nice homely touch.
They're also very popular (there're only 4 tables!) so call in advance for a reservation! Note that they're not open on Sundays. Last order for lunch is at 1300 or so, they close at 1330. Not sure what dinnertime is.
Favorite Dish: Specialising in Shanghainese cuisine, there're too many good dishes here!
Red-braised pomfret (hong2 shao1 chang1 yu2) was the most delicious dish on our table. The fish is very fresh, tender and juicy. Not much in the way of bones so you won't spend half your mealtime fishing them out.
Red-braised fatty pork with preserved vegetables (mei2 cai4 hong2 shao1 rou4) is one of Shanghainese cuisine's namesake dishes. The dish won't taste fatty at all, don't worry.
Oil-fried shrimp (you2 bao4 xia1) is yet another of the famous Shanghainese dishes. The shrimp can be eaten whole, shell and all. At least this place has shrimp of a substantial size instead of the "shrimplets" that I seem to get elsewhere. The dish isn't very oily and even tastes slightly sweet, true to Shanghainese fashion.
Sauced duck (jiang4 ya1) was pleasantly tender and juicy, a good appetiser.
We finished off the meal with a tasty soup called an1 du3 xian1. The soup had beancurd skin "knots", green vegetables and also some meat.
Address: 124 Jinxian Lu (near Maoming Lu)
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Take metro line 1 or 10 to Shaanxi Nanlu metro stop. From exit no.3, walk north (to your left) along Maoming Nanlu till Jinxian Lu. It should be the 3rd junction on your left. The restaurant is very close to the junction with Maoming Nanlu.
Price: less than US$10
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