Based on trips made to Shanghai between 2006 and 2010, here are my favourite places in the city for regional Chinese cuisine:
Xin Ji Shi -- Xin Tian Di Unit 4, Building 9, 169 Taicang Lu (by Huangpi Lu); +86 21 6336 4746
Book your table. Still my favourite place in terms of food. Really love the smoked chicken broth, braised pork belly, and cucumber and garlic salad. www.xinjishi.com
Southern Barbarian -- 2nd floor, 169 Jinxian Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu; +86 1362 1797 634
Lovely Yunnan cuisine, a very distinctive style of Chinese cusine unto itself. Was very taken by the mint leaf salad and the stir fried pomogranate flowers. Slightly random, but they had a great beer menu. Book your table. www.southernbarbarian.com
Wu Li Xiang / Art Salon Restaurant -- 164 Nanchang Road; +86 21 5306 5462
Restaurant set in an art gallery. Oodles of atmosphere. Pricey. But the food is made very well, and the owners make their own wine, which is going to be fabulous in cold weather! Try the salted egg and green bean paste; tofu with dried shrimp; stewed duck; whole yellow croaker fish and the crab egg platter. Reservations essential. Review on: www.goingwithmygut.com/...
Lu Bo Lang -- 115 Yu Yuan Road, Old Town, God's Temple; +86 21 6355 7507
I remember having a great dimsum breakfast here back in 2006, but didn't feel it was as good value at lunchtime in earlier this year. Might have been a victim of its own tourist popularity. Might be more fun to graze on the street snacks at the stalls around the garden. Try one of the giant xiao long baos. You poke in a straw to suck out the broth!
Here are a few places I liked in 2006 / 2007, but best to check with other foodie sources about whether they have aged well.
T8 -- 8 Xintiandi North, 181 Tai Cang Road; +86 21 6355 8999
Pretty avant garde looking food for back in 2006, and didn't fall short on taste
Zen at Xin Tian Di -- Xintiandi South Block, 123 Xingye Lu, near Madang Lu +86 21 6385 6385
Villa du Lac -- 383 Huangpi South Road, by Xingye Road; +86 21 6387 638
Very swish Chinese cuisine in a restored house in the French quarter. The private rooms are quite the location for corporate dinners if you want to impress.
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Written and contributed by WenLin Soh