Sour, Sweet, and Maybe Some Meat – Shanghai’s Best Huaiyang Restaurants

Excited to try some regional cuisine in a city as big and diverse as Shanghai? Get ready for an explosion of flavor with the dishes of the nearby Huaiyang region. Glutton Guide Shanghai will introduce Shanghai’s best Huaiyang restaurants as well as Shanghai’s best everything else. You’ll want to get a copy ASAP!

Huaiyang cuisine encompasses the region between the Huai and Yangtze Rivers, including Shanghainese food (which is considered a bastardized version of Huaiyang thanks to the city’s historical foreign influence). This type of local cuisine is known for being quite sweet and sour; sugar and vinegar are added to almost every dish. Dishes most often include pork and freshwater seafood fished out of the rivers from which the cuisine gets its name, and braising and stewing are the most typical preparations.

Jianguo 328 / 328小馆 

A post shared by @liesthi on


It’s all about simple, clean flavors and top-notch ingredients at this Shanghainese restaurant. They fervently implement the city’s official no-smoking policy, and there’s no MSG on the menu. The flavor of every dish reflects the trend toward quality ingredients, and they even filter the water they use to boil their excellent noodles. More info.

 

Lao Ji Shi (Old Jesse) / 老吉士 

A post shared by à la Cat (@a_la_cat) on


There’s a reason this is one of the most recommended restaurants in China: it’s the best darn Shanghainese in town. Avoid the “New” Jesses around town – they’re not nearly as good. And make sure to call ahead about the “secret” dishes, although the menu lists most of them, they require pre-ordering several days in advance.

 

FU 1088 / 1088


There are four FU restaurants in town, all run by Shanghai’s closest thing to a celebrity chef (Tony Lu) and housed in beautiful art deco villas in Jing’an. Fu 1088 is the cheapest of the lot, but the minimum spend pre-booze is still RMB 400 per person. It’s worth it just for the chance to eat in a private room of such a beautiful house; luckily the food is amazing too.

Is your mouth watering yet? Good thing Glutton Guide Shanghai is here to help you find all of the most delicious things in China’s most stunning city! Check it out for everything from Indian food to Hong Kong desserts and more!

 

Our Favs from the New Edition of Glutton Guide Shanghai

We just updated Glutton Guide Shanghai for the 2017-2018 edition, and here’s five of our top listings we added. Download your copy of Glutton Guide Shanghai here. Don’t forget to send us your original proof of purchase if you would like an upgraded copy.

The Cannery

The second gastrolounge from the guys behind popular The Nest, this sleek and chic restaurant focuses on seafood dishes designed to share at the table. The whole tuna jaw is on practically every table, for the visual as much as the flavor, and the cocktails play well with the whole menu. On Sundays, they do an excellent brunch.

#106, 1107 Yuyuan Rd, near Jiangsu Rd. Subway: Line 9/11 – Jiangsu Road. Tel: +86 21 5276 0599. Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30-1am, Sun 11:30am-1am.

Daimon Bistro / Bo Shanghai

Owned by “Demon Chef” Alvin Leung, this pair of restaurants serve up twists on Chinese classics. Daimon Bistro focuses mainly on Cantonese dim sum with Southeast Asian and French accents, ie: chili crab xiaolongbao, foie gras potstickers, siu mai with Sichuan beef. Cocktails mix liquor with Vitasoy & Horlicks to surprisingly delicious results. Bo Shanghai is high-end multi-course meal that (RMB 1500 + 15% for one) brings French accents to regional Chinese dishes – zongzi (glutinous rice balls steamed in bamboo leaves) adorned with slivers of shaved black truffle and salted duck egg yolk. After eating here, you’ll understand why Leung’s Bo Innovation in Hong Kong has boasted three Michelin stars since 2014.

6/F, Bund 5, 20 Guangdong Rd, by Zhongshan East 1st Rd.Subway: Line 2/10 – East Nanjing Rad. Tel: +86 21 5383- 2031 / 5383-3656. Hours: 6:30-11pm. Menu: English & Chinese.

Liu Dao Men 六道门

Spicy Sichuan noodles don’t get much better than the ones here. An aging member of a Chengdu rock band started the place, replacing his hair- raising guitar riffs with tongue-tingling spice mixtures. The small space gets packed during mealtimes, but seats turn over quickly. There’s a placard to indicate your spice preference, and don’t be ashamed of starting at mild (微 ).

419-1 Xinhua Rd, near Dingxi Rd. Subway: Line 9/10 – Jiaotong University. No phone. Hours: 11am-9pm. Menu: Chinese only.

Miss Ali 阿里集

At this upscale Uighur restaurant, the well-equipped bar serves not just Xinjiang’s famous black beer, but also Belgian brews and glasses of imported wine (the meat is halal, but the booze is not). The focus here is squarely on the Baerchuke lamb – not just any old sheep will do. Thanks to the wild vegetables of the area that serve as much of the feed for the animals, the meat is high in protein and low in cholesterol – and that typical gamey smell that accompanies most lamb is non-existent here.

FFC Location (West): 133 Fuxing Rd (West), near Yongfu Rd. Subway: Line 10 – Shanghai Library. Tel: +86 21 6433 4261. Hours: 11:30am-2pm & 5:30-10pm. Menu: Chinese & English.

FFC Location (East): 101 Yandang Rd, near Nanchang Rd. Subway: Line 13 – Middle Huaihai Rd or Line 1 – South Huangpi Rd. Tel: +86 6308 5165. Hours: 11am-2pm & 5:30-10pm. Menu: Chinese & English.

JA Location: 2F, 20 Yuyuan Rd (East), near Tongren Rd. Subway: Line 2/7 – Jing’an Temple. Tel: +86 6335 5016. Hours: 11am- 2pm & 5:30-10pm. Menu: Chinese & English.

Sober Kitchen

Part of the Sober Company building that spreads a café, restaurant and bar over three floors, Sober Kitchen brings together Japanese, Chinese and Western dishes on one menu. Only tables of 6 or more can book a table, so expect to wait at the bar (the concept is owned by one of the city’s best bartenders, so you may as well). Try the foie gras mapo tofu for a silky, fusion treat.

99 Yandang Rd, near Nanchang Rd. Subway: Line 13 – Middle Huaihai Rd. Tel: +86 21 5309 8261. Hours: 5pm-1am. Menu: English & Chinese.

To download the new edition of Glutton Guide Shanghai, click here