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Shanghai Shi Restaurants: 58 reviews and 165 photos

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I originally thought that this would be a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant, but boy, was I astonished when I found it and realised that it was quite a mid-sized one instead! This restaurant is perhaps one of the best (as locals say) for Shanghainese cuisine -- it was definitely the case as the 20-something-year-old restaurant was full of diners even though we arrived at around 8 pm, past the usual Chinese mealtime.
Note that tea (usually provided for free at most local restaurants) isn't free here. The cheapest would be chrysanthemum or Longjing tea at 12 RMB/pot; pu'er tea is a whopping 38 RMB/pot. I guess most people here either have enough in their party to share a 12 RMB pot of tea, or do without.
Also be warned that cold appetisers appear on the table almost as fast as you can order them (if the restaurant is very crowded then you might have to wait a little while to get a server to take your order!) but hot dishes can sometimes take quite a bit of time to arrive.
The restaurant doesn't take cards, so be sure to bring enough cash.
This place is reasonably close to the Maoming Lu and Fuxing Park nightlife areas, so you could consider having dinner here (not too late though) and then go clubbing.

Favorite Dish: Their most popular dishes, by far, are the yellow croaker soup with dumplings (da4 huang2 yu2 bang4 da3 xiao3 hun2 tun1) for 68 RMB and the fried freshwater shrimp (you2 bao4 xia1). The soup portion is quite big, bring friends to share! Dumplings are tasty but unfortunately you can't add more if you finish the portion. :( The small shrimps are crispy enough that you can eat them whole, shell and all.
I also liked the drunken chicken (zui4 ji1) and asparagus in broth (shang4 tang1 lu2 sun3). October-December is the hairy crab (da4 zha2 xie4) season, so if you happen to visit during this time, you might want to try the hairy critter experience. :)

Address: 132B Maoming Nanlu (near Fuxing Zhonglu)
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: From Shaanxi Nanlu metro stop (lines 1 & 10), go out of exit no.4, turn right and continue walking south down Maoming Nanlu. The restaurant is on the right, before you reach Fuxing Zhonglu.
Phone: 86-21-64458999 / 64374609
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 3
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 15, 2010
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