One of the best at very reasonable price
We came across this restaurant without looking through TA as it was getting late and most restaurants are closed. The food was unexpectedly good! We have sliced dish spicy soup (must try) , chicken in hotpot (another must try), salted egg tofu (very soft and light in taste), soya sauce fried rice (very delicious) and fatty beef slices in sauce(similar to Japanese style). Including 1 beer, we paid only RMB255. They even served us pomelo at the end of our meal. We are so happy to have found this place.
Spicy & fancy Sichuan restaurant in Shanghai
We have been really surprised by this restaurant: First thing when we arrived there (5th or 6th floor of the Zhongshan mall) was a Chinese guy yelling at us: This is the best restaurant in the whole mall! Enjoy! And it really seemed to be a guest. So the restaurant interior was really nice, a little bit dark, but fancy. You get a for your cloth and also a little plastic bag for your smartphone to protect it from the spicy food. The food was really good (especially the dandan noodles and really spicy. The service was also very good, we came along, even if the staff did not speak English. A good example for good service despite language (and culture) differences!
Great refined, but powerful Szechuan food.
This is one of a chain of restaurants. The one we have gone to in the past on Huaihai Rd has closed which caused us to panic when we returned to Shanghai this year. Fortunately this branch is also pretty convenient for us and fully equal to the Huaihai one. The reviews on the Huaihai branch are applicable here as well and the chain has maintained its quality over the years we have eaten there. There are 7 or 8 branches around Shanghai only a few of which are on trip advisor. There is one, that we haven’t visited, at peoples square which would be much more convenient from the Nanjing Lu/Bund area. The food here is a refined, but powerful version of Szechuan. As is typical, in my experience, of Szechuan food the chili peppers are at a medium heat level well short of Hunan food, but the szechuan peppercorns (mala) are present in abundance. For me the "boiled catfish" is the signature dish. It comes with a piece of dry toast on a plate to soak up the oil before you eat it. A unique and excellent addition to this classic dish. I would usually have the pieces of green lettuce on ice with sesame sauce as an accompaniment with the excellent "plum" juice to drink. (The quotes are because these are really Chinese dishes for which there is no adequate english translation.) The other standards of Szechuan cuisine are also here in wonderful form as well. The niu rou (boiled beef) has the highest level of mala that I’ve ever had in years of eating szechuan food in China and is extremely tender. If you love the peppercorn, this shouldn’t be missed. The food is a modern, refined version of Szechuan. Usually such efforts fail to preserve the character of the original, but in this case what they have done is to perfect the dishes removing some of the heaviness while keeping all the flavor and adding more. The only other Szechuan restaurant that I’d place at the same level of refinement with great flavor is Hong Xing in Chengdu, though their approaches are very different, both are innovators. If either of these chains were to open a branch in LA, I’d be tempted to move close by. The decor is unusual for a Chinese restaurant, being 60’s cocktail lounge, dark with circular booths and sound absorbent surfaces. A nice retreat from the heat of the day in Shanghai and with a low ambient noise level. The tables are well lit with lighting focused from above. The service is always excellent and friendly. And the price is moderate. The clientele is usually groups or couples of young Chinese.