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Monday, 13 April 2015

My Top Five Restaurants in Shanghai

Shanghai has been and will always be a second home to me no matter what. Whenever I meet new group of people or old friends of mine, I have always raved about it. Unlike any other developing cities, Shanghai in fact has developed so fast in terms of its obsession with skyscrapers buildings, Westernization and also growing numbers of cool restaurants or caf├ęs to satisfy the local or expat tounges. During my three years stay in the city, I was a foodie along with my friends . While most restaurants did not live up to its names or deteriorating in quality, some restaurants remain my favorites and keep asking me back for more. Consider me a good friend of yours, these are my must-visit restaurant when in the city (in random order)

1. Lost Heaven

This restaurant specialized in one of the most exotic Chinese dish, Yunnan food. This is a combination of Tibetan and Mount Mekong food. Or what I would describe to my friends as a fusion of Chinese/ Thai/ Indonesian food. I would say Lost Heaven is one of the most romantic restaurants to bring your date as well. The intimate black and red decor, atmospheric music and dim, flickering candlelight and amazing cocktails. I die. The recommended dishes: wild vegetable Yunnan pancake, Ji-zong mushroom with vegetables, Da Li style chicken with chilli and green onion, steamed cod in banana leaves. Yums!

Address:
The Bund branch:
17 Yan'an Dong lu, near Sichuan Nan Lu
6330 0967

French Concession branch:
38 Gaoyou Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu
6433 5126

2. Garlic

Hands down to best Turkish food in the city. It's always a meat, meat and MEAT galore in the restaurant. This is not your ordinary kebab joints. In fact, do not even think of it. The place itself has this homey and sophisticated rustic feeling to it with an open kitchen and central fireplace, so do not be scared smelling like lamb on the way home. The menu itself has many ranges from the Mediterranean style hummus to Turkish pizza (pide) to slow-cooked lamb enough to feast hungry friends of mine. The recommended dishes: Vine leaf stuffed with rice and olive oil (Dolma), Turkish flat bread with minced lamb and tomato (Lahmacun), flat bread with pepperoni and cheese (Sucuk Pide) and mixed platter of perfectly roasted lamb, chickens and beef for three people (Karisik Garlic)

Address:
698 Yongjia Lu
13564861208

3. Cha's


A famous Hong Kong cha canting restaurant in Shanghai. The menu is everything you will find in a Cantonese restaurant. Yet, when I saw the locals are willing to wait 2 hours outside the restaurant, I knew this must be a gem. The first time I tried it, I have to wait about an hour and they don't do reservation either. It is based on first come first serve. The recommended dishes: scrambled egg with shrimps, Sweet and Sour Pork, pineapple bun with butter and milk tea. Oh gosh..

Address:
30 Sinan Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu
6093 2062

4. Mr & Mrs Bund

This is my go-to restaurant when I am bringing out-of-town guests for a fancy and relaxed dining with the colorful lights and skyscrapers view from The Bund. The menu is a modern French food with a twist. It was amazing when my friend from LA arrived at night and we came in at 12 midnight and they were still open with its late-night dining set. Good service indeed. The recommended dishes: foie gras light crumble, long short rib teriyaki, house smoked salmon essential and  the famous lemon and lemon tart (it was ranked #2 Western Dessert by CNN GO)

Address:
6/F  Bund 18, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu
6323 9898

5. Jia Jia Tang Bao


Shanghai trip is not complete without overindulging myself with Shanghai's very own steaming hot xiao long baos or soup dumplings. They have many options with salty egg or crab meat inside. Never mind me, they are all delicious addictive little things. This is a hole in the wall location and when they sold out, they closed. The recommended dish: XIAO LONG BAO of course!

Address:
90 Huanghe Lu, near Beijing Lu

There are still many options when you are in the big city like Shanghai. The food communities are growing, asides from the delicious food, the interior is inspiring to check out as well. Another thing to add to the list is Flair lounge in Ritz Carlton (main pic), you will definitely add Shanghai to your favorite city in the world.

Photo credit: Smart Shanghai

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