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    Bali Laguna: Indonesian food in Jing'an Park

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Jan 23, 2014

    Housed in a villa-like building by a picturesque pond in Jing'an Park, Bali Laguna's location is difficult to fault. Tables are located indoors as well as outdoors by the pond, with views across to Jing'an Park. The Indonesian fare served is good though expensive, and it seems to be a popular place with dating couples.

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    Table No 1 at the Waterhouse on the Bund: Outstanding Food in Neat Hotel

    by rudysmom626 Written Dec 22, 2013

    I had wanted to try one of Jason Atherton's restaurants while in Asia, so Sammy and I decided to try his flagship, Table No 1 at the Waterhouse on the Bund hotel. First of all, the hotel is a really unique venue - a converted waterhouse - and while I know converted spaces are all the rage in hotels right now, this one seems quite random to have turned into a hotel - it's almost more like an event space. The manager let us up onto the roof, where during summer months they have a rooftop bar, and the view of the Bund is truly incredibly - so I would strongly suggest at least coming here for a drink if you are visiting Shanghai from March - Oct!

    We had their famous bread basket, which includes fresh baked bread along with olive oil, a rillette made with duck fat, and a seaweed tapenade (48 RMB, 8 USD), which was delicious. We also had the vegetable chips with vinegar foam (38 RMB, 7 USD), which were also delicious. We had to ask our server to slow down the kitchen though, as they brought our appetizers directly after the snacks - it was too much food too quickly.

    For our small plates, we had the Scallop Ceviche with Yuzu and Wasabi Dressing (78 RMB, 13 USD) - which was absurdly delicious. I also ordered the Marinated Hamachi, Prawn wiht Gazpacho Garnish (78 RMB, 13 USD) - and while it was good, it was nothing compared to the Scallop Ceviche and I wish I had ordered that!

    For our main dishes, Sammy got the Pan-Roasted Sole with Squid Ink Risotto and Garlic Butter (148 RMB, 25 USD). It looked beautiful. I got the Chicken dish, but looking at the menu online, I had planned to get the Seared Sea Bass, Broccolini and Spanish Rice (148 RMB, 25 USD), but for some reason, it was not available the night we were there. When we later mentioned going here to some of Sammy’s friends, they all commented on how rich the food was - I managed to eat a delicious meal and left totally stuffed, but not super rich - but there are also options to go really rich - like Pork Belly with Crispy Skin Cassoulet Beans or Aged Beef Sirloin with Pot Potatoes and Smoked Spring Onions.

    I have to mention the sides: we had the sauteed wild mushrooms (34 RMB, $5.50 USD), which were delicious and I wish we had ordered two of them… and the broccolini with chilli and almonds (34 RMB, $5.50), which was good but is one of my favorite sides at a restaurant here in LA and fell short by comparison.

    I didn’t have a cocktail, but Sammy had the Chilean Chardonnay (Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chardonnay por Escudo Rojo) at 75 RMB ($12.33 USD) per glass, which she said was quite good and refreshing.

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    Wang Bao He: Nice ambiance

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

    After being two weeks in China, we become nostalgic of our own food, and somewhat indisposed to appreciate what seems to be... more of the same. Being the last of our meals in China, it was supposed to be special, and... maybe... it was. But to distinguish their several different foods needs more time, and the chance to repeat meals often enough to feel what is common to each area.

    Arriving at home I must confess that I have no idea about the differences between Sichuan, Cantonese, or whatever (I think that, here and there, we were protected by the guides from spices and... odd food).

    I enjoyed the food in China, spicy or not, but I believe that it's about time to accept worldwide the advantages of fork and knife while dining.

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    Di Shui Dong 湘菜馆: Spicy Hunan Cusine

    by edelng Written Nov 27, 2013

    If you cannot take spicy food, it's advisable to choose another restaurant. On their walls, they hang a lot of awards. Also, it is quite crowded on a weekday night. It's a wonderful experience to taste Hunan spicy dishes.

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    The Grill 烧烤: The Grill in Grand Hyatt Shanghai - pass

    by crewrower Written Sep 30, 2013

    The specialty here is supposed seafood and steaks. I have to say that I am pretty loyal to Hyatt, which is why I tried this restaurant with my wife and her friend who was visiting from out-of-town (late September 2013). Nothing "bad" happened, but I won't be back. We were party of three, and ordered one of the surf and turf dishes (for two) - RMB780 I believe, and a tuna entre for about RMB260, and a cheap bottle of Tuscan wine for RMB440.

    None of the food had much taste at all. Many of the meats were tough. Also, the service was shockingly poor for a Hyatt. It was difficult to get someone to come take our order, and not once did anyone ask us how the meal was going or if we needed anything. A waiter did come by periodically to refill our wine glasses (but not our free water glasses).

    I'm not writing this review in any sort of frustration -- I had kind of seen the other reviews and wasn't expecting much. But for a total bill of RMB1702 (nearly US$300) for not much food, not tasty food, and essentially no service, I would not recommend this place. The only good part about the restaurant is that it's on a high floor so you get a view of the city, and they were able to take my reservation the same day (probably because The Grill isn't very popular....). If you want a good view of the city, there are other and better restaurants.

    Favorite Dish: None really. Tried the lobster, fish, lamb, steak and pork sausage. The pork was not bad. The rest was bad.

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    The House of Roosevelt Sky Bar: Poor service + high prices at the Sky Bar

    by MarvintheMartian Written Jul 2, 2013

    The House of Roosevelt: congers up a grand elegant venue with some style and grace. Whilst this may still be true of the floors below, the Roosevelt Sky bar is working on a different theme: a little tacky and following the Shanghai occasional habit of just being too expensive for what it is.
    My experience in June 2013 was that the wine was too expensive (glasses start from 80 RMB) with service which was slow and needed prompting. When pushed on why they add a service charge for poor service I only received an apology, certainly not a refund. I'll be avoiding this place until I hear some good reports again.

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    The Jing'an Restaurant: Don't miss Sunday Brunch at the Puli

    by MarvintheMartian Written Apr 1, 2013

    This is a decadent brunch with great champagne and some amazing food, from a buffet to an a la carte selection, this is one of the best chilled out Sunday brunch options in Shanghai.

    Great for a luxury lunch or dinner option too.

    Favorite Dish: Everything from the buffet areas

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    Hai Di Lao: great hotpot

    by npg Written Oct 28, 2012

    the food is great + ENGLISH MENU :-)
    this is part of a chain of hot pot restaurants.
    apparently quite famous in shanghai.
    the one i went to was huge and expect to wait to be seated during the dinner period.
    but they will sit you down at a small table first and serve free drinks plus nibbles.
    i am led to believe if you have to wait that women can get a free manicure. really!
    service is excellent and a treat is to get broad noodles made at your table.
    oh and you get to mix your own dipping sauce too :-)

    Favorite Dish: it's hot pot...what can i say lol :-)

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    Dakota: great atmosphere and food

    by npg Written Oct 28, 2012

    this restaurant oozed ambience. dimly lit with soft music. a great place to chill out or somewhere romantic.
    wine list was very nice.
    quality of food was excellent.

    it is also open for breakfast.

    after hours it turns into a small club.

    Favorite Dish: i had grilled norwegian salmon with a wine reduced sauce. superb.
    both fish and vegetables were well cooked - lots of flavour.

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    gobou cafe: hidden gem of a cafe

    by npg Updated Oct 28, 2012

    sadly this cafe is now closed :-(
    this place is heaven in shanghai, modest and plain from the outside but a haven from the hustle and bustle on the inside. so relaxing with an earthly elegence.
    the coffee isn't real hot but it has a lot of flavour. true to the meaning of paying for the experience and ambience.
    it is small and cosy and intimate....you'll forget where you are.
    buy the english shanghai daily newspaper from the magazine stand near by and relax :-)

    shhhhhh you'll want to keep this place a secret ;-)

    Favorite Dish: the ambience

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    Cheng Huang Temple Street Food: 1000 kind of Street Foods

    by DaHongHua Written Mar 10, 2012

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    It is located in the Cheng Huang Temple area. There are many restaurant, range from Chinese, Japanese to Western. We choose to taste from street vendors and finally we enter the Old Cheng Huang Temple Chinese Dim Sum food court. Here, they serve more than 1000 kind of food that look nice and taste good. Not to miss.

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    Ding Te Lei: Great yellow croaker noodle soup

    by meteorologist1 Written Jan 8, 2012

    This very small restaurant located on Huaihai Road is very popular among locals. It is one of the few places in Shanghai that serves yellow croaker noodle soup. This is a very delicious Shanghai-style noodle soup with fish that warms you up during the winter. A must try! Seating is extremely limited, so it is actually best to go during non-lunch and non-dinner hours such as 2 or 3 o'clock in the afternoon. The menu posted behind the counter is in Chinese only (see photo).

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    Wang Chao Restaurant: Authentic Shanghai Cuisine

    by meteorologist1 Updated Jan 7, 2012

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    A culinary trip to Shanghai is not complete without a visit to the Wang Chao restaurant (王朝大酒店), which is a famous restaurant known to locals. Here you can taste Shanghai cuisine at its best. This place is always packed, especially during the weekend and holidays. It is highly recommended to make a reservation in advance through telephone. Everyone knows that this place serves some of the best dishes in Shanghai.

    Favorite Dish: Too many to name! Check out the photos as well as the web site below. When you sit down at the restaurant, their menu has photos of all the dishes.

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    Shanghai Cuisine Variety Show: Famous Shanghai Cuisine!

    by rabbit06 Written Jan 6, 2012

    This restaurant does not have a show as such but is a truly gastronomic dining experience with local cuisine at it's best. You will need to book or be patient and wait in line for a table with plenty of chairs to take the wait off your feet, but well worth it! We had a private room very near the rest rooms....very handy...lol The ambience is very Shanghai and the service was faultless as you come to expect in this very modern city with so many restaurants.

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    Xinwang Restaurant: Hong Kong meets Shanghai

    by rabbit06 Updated Jan 6, 2012

    Quick and convenient or we were eating here late?...lol

    Favorite Dish: Yes you can get many Canton style dishes here, but eating a late dinner with locals was a little one sided tending for their Shanghainese taste buds but not to worry the chilli fish was delicious!

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