Dining in Shanghai
Shanghai cuisine is well known for the cooking of freshwater food, sea food and vegetables in season. The flavor of Shanghai’s cuisine is mainly light and delicately seasoned.
Shanghai has also been attracting chefs of international repute, with David Laris, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Stephen Wright and the Pourcel brothers all tucking into a slice of this hip and happening pie. So restaurants in Shanghai rank high in China.
- Nowadays local specialities in Shanghai have achieved world eminence, including Xiao Long Bao, Hairy Crab, Beggar's chicken and thousand year-old eggs.
- Shanghai dishes have evolved from simple home cooked meals. Although their ingredients and cooking techniques have been upgraded, it still has its home cooked appeal.
- The use of sugar is common in Shanghai cuisine, especially when used in combination with soy sauce.
Top Rated Western Style Restaurants in Shanghai
Three on the Bund features some of the most upscale restaurants in Shanghai - Jean Georges, Laris and Whampoa Club among them.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the world's most renowned chefs and touted culinary innovator brings his contemporary haute cuisine to China. For his first signature restaurant outside of New York, Jean-Georges has chosen Shanghai.
Tucked away neatly in a serene corner of XinTianDi, the villa where Le Platane is located still captivates every guest’s nostalgic moment of French Concession Shanghai.
Recently awarded by Zagat Shanghai Restaurant and Hotels Survey as the "Winning Wine Lists Ratings," Palladio offers the finest Italian dining experience outside of Italy.
A visit to La Villa Rouge can mean a romantic holiday for two doing absolutely nothing and hardly leaving the villa, or a great family weekend centred around the pool, eating together as a family, and simply enjoying villa-life, or , of course, it maybe an action-packed holiday using the villa as a relaxing base.
Dine on light Mediterranean cuisine in this Shanghai restaurant with a passion for healthy eating. Savor vintage wines, admire Da Vinci reproductions and watch an artist recreating his masterpieces at the Hilton Shanghai hotel in Jinmao Building.
Allure Restaurant features sleek & stylish presentations, using the techniques of a classic culinary training combined with simple, unaffected presentations and friendly, un-intimidating service. It's French style with a focus on quality service – classic and sophisticated.
Top Rated Chinese Style Restaurants in Shanghai
Shanghainese dining has just reached a new level of taste, style and presentation with the introduction of Whampoa Cuisine created by one of Asia's youngest master chefs, Jereme Leung, at Whampoa Club, Three on the Bund. The Whampoa Club will delight and surprise even the most discerning Chinese palate and give true foodies a new reason to indulge.
Tan Shi Guan Fu Cai is original from Qing Dynasty with a history of 100 years. It is famous for its imperial taste and costliness because it use the best shark fin and best sea-ear.
Located on the Bund, the restaurant has a great location facing the Huangpu River, with sophisticated interior art deco design. Its mix of performance and music pays homage to cabarets of the '20s and '30s.
The famous private dining and leisure club YongFoo Elite is a world of Eastern art and luxury where every aspect seems to be telling a story of the past. The classical villa built in 1943 has served at different times as a consulate for Russia, Vietnam and the UK.
This is a glimpse of the menu from Tan Wai Lou fine dining restaurant. Through "true feelings with empeccable service, within a beautiful setting" Tan Wai Lou strives to be the high alter of gourmet dining in modern China. The restaurant serves Chinese food in western style.
Quality Food Streets in Shanghai
Wujiang Road is a famous snack street in Shanghai, by the Nanjing Road. This street is a short, twisty alleyway packed with fiercely competitive shops selling snacks and small meals. Very cheap (most everything less than 10 RMB) but very Chinese, with English menus basically unknown.
You can find everything at Yuyuan Market from popular local snacks and food, crafts, antiques and souvenirs to Starbucks, tea-houses and some great restaurants.
Xujiahui does not have many bars of note, but it does have a lot of cafes, most of which also serve simple and cheap set-menus, such as noodles, curry and rice, and some serve a limited selection of alcoholic drinks.
- Wujiang Road
- Yu Yuan Market
- Xu Jia Hui
Famous Local & Western Foods in Shanghai
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|- Chinese mitten crab (Da Zha Xie)
- Little lobster
- Sharak Fin Soup
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- Egg on egg
- Almond $ Coco Ribs