Shanghai cuisine, which encompasses the coastal areas of eastern China, is said to require the most skill in the creation of superb Asian cuisine. Its goal is to preserve the basic flavor of each ingredient in order to achieve overall balance and freshness. River fish, farm animals, birds, and vegetables are prominently featured. Braising and stewing are more common than stir-frying and red sauces (made from soy sauce, sugar, and oil) are popular. Shanghai Hangzhou, Yangzhou, and Suzhou -style cooking are all variations on the same type of theme.
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is wide-open and warehouse-like, with very high, dramatic ceilings. Light-colored raw cement walls, glass and steel, along with the Japanese-minimalistic décor, give Shintori a sleek, modern, almost "big city-trendy" - yet serious - atmosphere. The grilled cod, oxtail soup and "rock and roll" salad consistently get rave reviews. Signature dishes are the assorted sashimi and the barbecue beef roll. You won't be disappointed. Prices are expensive. Hours are Monday to Friday; 5:30PM -11:00PM,Saturday to Sunday; 11:30AM - 2PM & 5:00PM -11:00 PM. Shintori is located at 803 Julu Road, by Fumin Road, Shanghai (in the former French Concession Area), China 200041. However, there is no signage present for this restaurant. Ask for help or, better yet, have someone take you there. Their phone number is +86 (21) 5404-5252 and their webstie is http://www.shintori.com.tw/
. It is in Chinese only.
Yongfoo Elite operates in a beautiful 1930's villa which previously housed the British Consulate. When Yongfoo Elite Opened in March of 2004, it was as a member's only club, but now the restaurant and gardens are open to the public. The gardens, building and interior decor provide a wonderful mix of "East meets West" as well as "modern meets classic."
Chef Ding Yongqiang's approach to cooking reflects the Shanghai life-attitude of "detailed and delicate." Classic Shanghai cooking requires many ingredients and at YongFoo Elite all of the ingredients are chosen fresh - even the soy sauce is homemade. Western style foods combined with eastern style cooking exemplifies the complexity of Shanghai culture. Menu choices include: baked chicken and shrimp on toast, clam salad, diced fish in white sauce, and a lightly deep fried bread roll with duck foie gras and shrimp.Prices are moderate to expensive and reservations are recommended. Hours are 11.00AM - 10.00PM daily. They are located at 200 Yongfu Road, (near Hunan Road). Their phone number is 86-21-5466 2727 and their website is www.yongfooelite.com
is located on a small street on the Bund, in the Former French Concession district of Shanghai.This lovely 1920-style Shanghai villa opened as a restaurant in late August of 2009 with an intimate yet "chill" atmosphere. The unique menu of tribal Yunan cusine features dishes which are as exotic as they are delicious and include culinary delights such as: spicy cod steamed in banana leaves, Lijiang-style stir fried beef, Miao tribe hot and sour prawns, Yunnan rice cakes with ham and preserved vegetables, minced lamb with salad, tofu spring rolls, and dumplings. Prices are: 150-299 rmb ($24 USD - $48 USD) for two people dining together without drinks. Local and international cards accepted. Hours are Daily; 11:30AM- 1:30 PM & 5:30PM- 10:30 PM. The bar is open until 2:00AM. Reservations are recommended. Lost Heaven is located at 38 Gaoyou Rd, by Fuxing Xi Rd. Their phone number is +86 (21) 6433-5126 and their website is http://www.lostheaven.com.cn
Ye Shanghai occupies one of the many renovated "Shikumen" homes in Xintiandi, which gives it a traditional old-Shanghai feel with a slight contemporary, modern twist. Previous patrons recommend that the upstairs (although it is not always open) as the ceilings are high with exposed beams which makes the atmosphere somewhat more inviting - the perfect place to impress a date or business colleagues.
Chef Hsu Mou Ki proudly recreates the tastes of the celebrated dishes that will always represent Shanghai and its the surrounding provinces, while also catering to more international taste buds. Featured dishes include: Deep-fried Whole Prawn with Broad bean Sauce, Sautéed Minced Chicken with Pine nuts, Diced chicken with Pine nuts, Authentic Weekend Dim Sum Brunch.
Ye Shanghai has some nice touches, too. For example, miniature chairs are provided for diners to set their bags. Prices range from $25 - $100USD. Hours are daily; 11:30AM- 2:30PM & 5:30PM- 10:30PM and is located at House 6, North Block, 338 Huang Pi Nan Road, Xintiandi, Shanghai 200021, China. Their phone is 86 (21) 6311 2323 and their website is www.elite-concepts.com/yeshanghai
M on the Bund
is located on the 7th floor of the 1920's colonial-style Nissin Shipping Building, in Shanghai, China, It is known as the first restaurant to open on the Bund overlooking the Huangpu River and Pudong and was the first internationally acclaimed dining venue in Shanghai. Established in 1999 by Australian restaurateur Michelle Garnaut, M on the Bund specializes in dishes with a mixture of Middle Eastern and European flavor. The interior decor is all Art Deco elegance and the terrace boasts incredible views of the river and city. Chef Hamish Pollitt believes that it is the combination of great ingredients and great teamwork that produces great food. The fine menu changes frequently to take advantage of local ingredients including black truffles, foie gras, and local fruits. Some of its signature dishes include the crispy suckling pig; slow-backed, salt-encased leg of lamb; and its famous Pavlova dessert. Prices range from $40-$500 for a meal for two. All major credit cards accepted. Hours are Lunch: Monday-Friday
Every evening 6:00-10:30pm. Brunch:
Saturdays and Sundays 11:30am-3:00pm and Afternoon Tea: Saturdays and Sundays-3:00-5:00pm. Reservations are required. M on the Bund is located on the 7th floor of the Nissin Shipping Building(entrance on side street at 20 Guangdong Lu), Huangpu District (Downtown Shanghai). To get there use the Metro Transportation to Nanjing Dong Lu. Their phone number is 021/6350-9988 and their website is http://www.m-onthebund.com/
. To get there: TransportationMetro: Nanjing Dong Lu