Shanghai has a selection of amazing Korean restaurants. The best are in the "Korean town" area out towards Gubei, Longbei and Hongqiao. This is certainly off the beaten path and can take anything from 30 mins to an hour to get there from downtown depending on traffic. Although you can also get a metro.
My favourite is Zheng Yi Pin at Jinhui Nan Lu by Hongquan Lu. It's a Korean Bbq and has a picture menu. Staff are very helpful, but little English is spoken. Once you've ordered then a lot of little complimentary dishes soon come along. Each time there is something different.
Phone 21 3432 2735. Reservations are normally required, in fact I've never been able to go just on a whim.
Favorite Dish: Beef and pork is good. They will cook it for you. The rice cake with spicy seafood (dok pogi?) is excellent. Kimchi, of course.
My understanding is this place used to be the consolate for England and Vietnam in the past. It then became a private club, hence the name. A few years ago it became a normal restaurant. You can't see it from the street, but the garden, exterior of the building and interior is amazing. Try going in the evening when the lights are lit up but you can still explore the garden. The garden furniture are authentic and something you don't see everyday. The meal is of course expensive and unfortunately just average, but the decor is worth it. They unfortunately do not allow you to take pictures for some reason.
It's good for sushi fix, but it's not great. It has a ton of rolls that have odd combinations with crazy names, but not for the sushi pureologist. The place was packed and reservations are needed. It has two levels. The service was rather slow. The most entertaining thing about the restaurant is the video they have running on the TV that shows how to suck up to your boss, go drinking after work, fold origami and ask for forgiveness in Japanese culture. Pretty comical.
From the minute you arrive, wow is the word that comes to your mind. Located on the 36th floor of the Shangri-la Hotel in Pudong facing Puxi waterfront. The atmosphere is ultra hip, ultra cool !!! The cuisine is French with a new world twist. The view are to die for, not the highest in Pudong but unobstructed might be the word for it, any closer to the river and you might fall in !!!!!
We had diver's scallops with caviar !!!! WOW !!!! And a desert that was a chocolate cake of some type that was out of this world !!!!!!
Prices are as high as other high end restaurants in Shanghai, we paid 1500 RMB about $250 US for dinner... that said, it's a place for a special night.
The service was perfect, but when you make reservations make sure you tell them if you want non smoking ... we didn't and since the place was packed they couldn't accommodate us, it wasn't horrible but wished we would have gotten a non smoking table.
HIGHLY Recommend it !!!!!!!!!!
We were greeted at the door by a man who appeared to be the manager, then shown to a table by one of the staff. This was a good start, as many restaurants in Shanghai have a real problem with customer service. Our water glasses were always refilled, with staff looking after us throughout the meal.
The menu at the Grand Taj is really extensive, so at first we had trouble deciding what to order. We decided to go with some of the standards - Tandoori Chicken, Vegetable Biryani, and a Chicken Coconut Curry, which was awesome! The restaurant prides itself on serving South Indian Cuisine as well as the more common Northern Style, so at the managers recommendation we also tried the Chicken Chettinad, and a "Mysore Masala Dosa", which is a pancake or crepe made from ground rice and lentils, and stuffed with potatoes and spices. Now I'm a believer and plan on going back again for more.
The ambiance at the restaurant is pleasant, but not overbearing. There is an interesting collection of musical instruments on one wall. They have a large private area as well for special events, or perhaps business meetings. An inexpensive lunch buffet is offered on weekdays.
Favorite Dish: The food here is all well prepared, even basics like the vegetable curry from the lunch buffet is excellent. For me though, the real winner was the dosa, and I'm looking forward to coming back and trying some of the other varieties, as well as its South Indian cousins Idly and Uthappam.
This was yet another place that Chris took us to, that we would have never even known it existed. In the middle of the Peoples Park you will find this Restaurant, the Barbarosa. The setting is beautiful, gardens, water features and in the middle of Shanghai, you could be absolutely anywhere in the world. You are a world away from the traffic and chaos that is "Shanghai".
Any meal you order here comes complete with a light salad, bread and soup, so you realy are getting a 3 course meal for the price of one. And the prices were extremely reasonable, so I would urge you to seek out the Barbarosa - although I cannot exactly give you directions to find it, apart from to say that it is in the middle of Peoples Park and next to the Art Museum.
I ordered a very yummy chicken salad, Tracy had smoked turkey foccacia and Chris had grilled eggplant foccacia. The bill came to a total of 347rmb including 2 Tsingtaos and 1 Evian water, and Tracy and I split the bill between us. So, for around 100rmb you can have yourself a healthy and delicious Arabic style meal in perfect surroundings in the heart of Shanghai. Chris also took me upstairs, there are 3 levels to this place. A separate function area on the 1st floor and a roof-top area up the top. Chris said he has been to a few parties here and had a ball!
Barbarosa is VERY HIGHLY recommended.
I have been to the lounge section of this restaurant before for cocktails and loved it, but had never been in for dinner, as I thought it would be too pricey. But they have a new 3 course summer grill menu that we decided to try the other night, and it was fabulous. For 350 CNY/RMB you can choose from 1 of 4 options each for starter, main course and side. Price also includes a tasting platter of 4 different desserts and coffee or tea. We were there on a Friday night and I had not made reservations but we were early enough to get a table anyway. Staff were very friendly, almost a bit too attentive for my comfort sometimes. I had pork dumplings starter, grilled lamb cutlets, and grilled asparagus side. Husband had crispy squid starter, grilled tuna, and spinach with wasabi. Everything was perfectly prepared with lovely presentation. Timing was good between courses, and our main waiter was good at recommending some wines to go with our choices. We had a table for 2 by the window and views are amazing! Love to sit and watch the lights sparkle along the Bund. In all, it was a wonderful experience and getting the bill at the end did not hurt. Will be back.
Favorite Dish: Crispy Squid. OMG I LOVE this dish! I have never ordered squid as I thought I hated it, but apparently I don't. I could not stop eating this. The coating is crispy and crumbly, not oily. Squid inside tender, not rubbery. Hint of lime flavour, plus the sweet chili dipping sauce was a gorgeous flavour combination.
Atanu Bar and Restaurant is located on the upper floors of the historic 1907 Signal Tower, towards the southern end of the Bund. It is located above the modest Bund Museum which occupies the ground floor of the building and through which you must pass to reach Atanu.
A wooden spiral staircase leads up from the museum to a cosy little bar and dining area. I had a quick look at the food menu and it included a variety of meat dishes (beef, lamb, pork…) and typical “pub food” (soups, salads, steaks, seafood, desserts), but prices were pretty high by Shanghai standards.
I had no intention of eating there – I was there with the sole intention of enjoying a drink on the rooftop terrace and taking panoramic photographs of the Bund, the Huangpu River and the impressive Pudong skyline. The Atanu bar is a great place from which to do this.
So, I ordered a bottle of Tsingtao beer (expensively priced at 40 Yuan / 3.50 GBP for a small 296ml bottle) from the bar and made my way up another flight of stairs to the rooftop. The bar was practically empty on the afternoon that I visited (it’s busier by night), so I sat at one of the wooden tables overlooking the Bund, snapped lots of photos of the impressive views and enjoyed my cold beer in the sun.
Atanu offers an extensive and varied drinks menu, ranging from soft drinks, fruit juices, tea and coffee to spirits, cocktails and wines. As well as bottled Tsingtao beer, you will find Guinness and Carlsberg on draught. Just be warned that prices are expensive right across the menu – you’re paying for the great views…and they are worth it!
More info can be found HERE.
Atanu Bar and Restaurant’s rooftop terrace offers unbeatable views of the Bund and the Pudong skyline. Food and drinks are very costly by Shanghai standards, but a one-off visit to admire the views is highly recommended!
The place is located in the beautiful historical area and serves as a local meeting point for foreigners and chinese alike. the building consists of 2 restaurants: Hazara ( North Indian Frontier Cuisine), La Na Thai (Classical Thai Cuisine) and a Face Bar.
Both restaurants have beautiful interior. The service is one of the best i have seen in China. You can have good wine too.
Face Bar has variety of coctail and happy-hour time. atmostphere -backpackers and chinese students, relaxed and fun.
Favorite Dish: They provide absolutely delicious Thai starters for free!
Good food, but you can easily spend a ton of money here in a hurry, but at least the sushi is fresh. People rave about the Motorola and 119 rolls. The are good, but at up to US$10 per roll, which is basically an appetizer, they're not cheap. The setting is nice - sit by the windows to get either a street view or of the illuminated bamboo in the inner court yard.
There are also outlets in Beijing.
If you've not blind and would like to experience what it's like to eat as a blind, book a spot here. I know the concept is from a restaurant in France and there are several around the world, but if you've never been to either, I recommend The Black Cafe. It's a mindblowing experience!
Before you're led to the "dark room", you have to place your order, I went with two friends, so I made them order for me, I wanted everthing to be a surprise, see. Then after placing the orders, you place all your belongings (anything that can give out light, incl cell phone) in a locker before washing your hands. Once you're upstairs, outside the dark room, you'll be introduced to your waiter (who's blind). Then you, your friends form a human train behind the waiter as he leads you in. Your adventure begins there.
btw everyone who works there are soo polite
Favorite Dish: I had the duck, that was good,my friend had the lamb, that one's excellent too. I heard that the Beijing dark restaurant doesnt have very good food. But the Black Cafe has excellent food.
Eat with your hands to maximize the experience, it's the only time you can eat like a pig in public without anyone noticing.
Depending on what you order, it's about RMB200/person. Incl soup, salad,dessert and drink. Yes, it is a tad bit more pricey than other places in SH, but it's an unforgettable experience.
An advice: wear black. Please refrain from wearing your favorite dress or top, chances are you will spill/drip/drop something and the stain isn't going to be pretty.
The Old Shanghai Restaurant is located on the lobby level of the Seventh Heaven Hotel on Nanjing East Road pedestrian mall. The interior of the restaurant is brightly decorated in shades of yellow and the seats are comfortable sofa-like seats. If you are fortunate enough to have a window seat, you will have a great view of the Nanjing East Road pedestrian mall.
Favorite Dish: Braised eel: This is a perennial Shanghainese favourite. For some, it may be too salty and oily.
Fish maw soup: This is a thick soup made of mashed fish bladder.
Well, Shanghai food definitely is one of the big Chinese cuisines, but Shanghai also boasts a number of very good international restaurants, and this is definitely one of them! Tony Roma's is a chain of restaurants serving huge portions of barbequed meats (fish, pork, beef and chicken) and are specialised in ribs the size of piglets. The menu is extensive and lovers of American style, especially Cajun, cooking will be pleased with it, although there are some Asian style dishes too. Make sure you are hungry when you go!
As usual in China, the price level in good Western restaurants is higher than in similar level Chinese restaurants, but if you really want to have good Western food, then you are probably also prepared to pay up :)
Favorite Dish: Anything with barbequed Chicken, especially the sandwiches. The salads are to die for, too.
Sleek and stylish interior, originally opened for the designer crowd but became quite popular for the overall expat crowd. It's not a big place so better hope that whenever you visit it's your lucky day coz chances are it'd be jampacked with people. It's got very good food, nice presentation and believe it or not, very reasonably priced. Never went back to Element Fresh for their Weekend Brunch after we discovered Arch's.
Favorite Dish: Try their Weekend Brunch...very good deal and very good food; Other alacarte items are good too. Just had Chicken Pesto with Feta Cheese today. Oh did I mention the cheesecake that is to die for? :-)
It is a nice relaxing place to chill out in the middle of a busy day sightseeing and strolling on the Bund and Nanjing Lu. It has nice big couches and it was quiet when we went during the day.
Favorite Dish: We had excellent coffees and a pizza.
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