Restaurants in Shanghai
While Shanghai doesn't really have a celebrated
cuisine of its own, local chefs and restaurants have taken the
opportunity to combine the best China has to offer with smatterings
of international inspiration. Indeed, dining in Shanghai is a great
opportunity for visitors to sample Chinese food of all kinds as
well as interesting fusion cuisine.
Traditional Shanghai cuisine is known as benbang
cai, and tends to be sweeter than food from other Chinese
regions, flavoured with sugar, vinegar, ginger, and soy for a
distinct flavour. Whether dining in style at a chic hotel
restaurant or indulging at a roadside cart, tourists are spoiled
for choice with delectable treats like xiao long bao
(steamed soup-filled buns) and Shanghai hairy crab. The city's
location at the mouth of the Huangpu River means fresh seafood is
abundant, and the soy fields of the region provide the city's
unique 'stinky tofu'.
Shanghai's food streets, some of the best of which
are Huang He Lu, Yunnan Lu, and Zhapu Lu, boast a variety of cheap
eateries, while flashier districts like the Bund and Luwan offer
pricier fine-dining restaurants. Shanghai's major shopping malls
all have food courts with many vendors offering everything from
stir fries to dim sum for low prices, a great way to sample a
variety of dishes.
Being a cosmopolitan city, Shanghai is home to a
number of good international restaurants serving Thai, Japanese,
French, Italian, and other world cuisines. There are also a number
of new international chain restaurants.
The more expensive restaurants in Shanghai generally
accept credit cards, but street vendors and takeaway joints usually
expect cash. While hotel restaurants sometimes include a 10 to 15
percent service charge, tipping is not generally practised in
This fine-dining restaurant, located on the Bund, is part of a highly respected international chain, serving exceptional Chinese fusion cuisine. There are three different dining spaces: the Ling Ling Lounge offers a stylish setting for cocktails with beautiful views; the main dining area, known as the 'Cage', is enclosed in delicate woodwork; and then there are a number of luxurious private dining rooms. Reservations are essential and smart casual dress is encouraged, though dress jackets are not required.
Address: 5F, 18 Zhongshan East 1st Road, Huangpu District; E-mail: email@example.com; Telephone: (0)21 6321 5888
Scena is located within the glitzy Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong Hotel and serves authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant is on the 52nd floor of the hotel, with floor to ceiling windows providing spectacular views over the city. Although comparatively expensive, Scena gets consistent rave reviews from travellers and the service is known to be of an excellent standard. Reservations are recommended.
Address: 52/F, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong Hotel, 8 Century Avenue; Telephone: (0)21 2020 1717
Address: 123 Xing Ye Road; Telephone: (0)21 6385 8378
Address: 1 Yue Yang Road (near Dong Ping Road); Telephone: 021 6433 2917
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