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Jul 24, 2006 12:26 AM

Recs in Shanghai - Houndin' round the world

I'm going to Shanghai the second week of September...not sure where I'm going to be staying yet.

Looking for the city's must trys...can be any type of food, just as long as it's exceptional. Any range - from local to five star.

Will also be going to Stockholm, Istanbul, Dubai, Mumbai, and Saigon - if anyone has any recommendations along the same lines for the previously mentioned cities it would be wonderful.


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  1. You can find some recomendations for local color places in particular in the threads below. As an entree to the eats of Shanghai, you could also do worse than using RW Apple's piece in the New York Times as a guide (see link):

    If I were checking out high-end eats in Shanghai, Whampoa Club would certainly be high on my list.

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    1. re: Gary Soup

      Indeed, Whampoa Club is worth a visit (we were there a couple of months back). But be prepared; Chinese dote on their children and often take them to restaurants so your meal may be accompanied by crawling, running, playing small people (this phenomenon is not specific to Whampoa Club). Whampoa is a better choice than Jean Georges which is a pale imitation of the New York original.

      Although we didn’t make it, the restaurant top of our ‘reserve’ list was Fwu Luh Pavilion on the top floor of Grand Gateway Mall (logistics prevented us choosing this over the more convenient Bund restaurants). Check this one out and see if it’s what you're looking for.

      1. Zen in Xiantindi is great

        1. If you like Xiao Long Bao the now somewhat famous Jia Jia Tang Bao has moved to a new renovated (yes!!) location close to Peoples Square... there are other branches but I have only been to this one. If anything the dumplings are even better than the previous location (I forget where but Xiao Long Bao Blog (and Gary Soup) had that info). Anyhow, the new address is:
          90 Huang He lu, near Feng Yang Lu.
          (黄河路90号 近凤阳路)

          Best to go for lunch as they are often sold out by 6:00PM or before. I think they open around 11:00AM.

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          1. re: mbe

            The original (?) location is at:

            (638 Henan Rd. South, near Wenmiao Rd.)
            TEl. 63663570


            1. re: Gary Soup

              Ya, If this is the location on the corner, with the dining room a few steps down then they have probably closed by now. I was there about 1 1/2 months ago and the owner said that they were tearing down the neighbourhood and he was moving in 2 weeks time. I will get a card tomorrow and post the new locations.
              Sorry for the lack of precision.

              1. re: mbe

                Sorry to hear that, though it was a pretty decrepit block it was on. I was there in the last week of May.

                1. re: mbe

                  Hong Kong blogger Cha Xiu Bao gave an address of 727 Zhousan Nan Lu for a Jia Jia branch. On another message board it said that the correct address was 777 Zhousan Rd. I couldn't find a Zhousan Lu in Shanghai. Do you know this branch?


                    1. re: Gary Soup

                      I couldn't find CSB's Zhousan Lu either. I am not familiar with the Zhongshan Lu branch but the business card I have has that address as 777 Zhongshan lu. I will check it out and report.