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Best Sushi in Shanghai? (Quality over Quantity)

haili88 Apr 21, 2009 06:39 PM

With a preponderance of Japanese businessmen and Tsukiji only a short flight away, there must be good sushi / omakase in Shanghai. But I can't find any leads on foodie websites... I'm looking for something transcendent.

*I'm NOT talking all-you-can-eat for 150rmb or California style Haiku by Hatsune.*

I mean fresh fish selected with care, perfect rice, seasonal delicacies like ankimo and uni. Preferably a tiny spot with some high quality sakes on hand and impeccable food.

If you have any leads, please let me know.

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    bentoboy Mar 19, 2012 04:09 AM

    Old thread, but this topic needs to be updated. If you're serious about sushi this is the one for you. No English name, Chinese is 石见,Kanji would be 石見,Romanji would be Iwami, I believe. On West Beijing road near Jiangning Road. Very small, intimate, chef/owner run place. Serves mainly a Japanese white collar expat crowd. Very nice draft Asahi, and only what's seasonal and fresh. No English or Chinese menu for that matter, so try your luck with the chef to ask for what's good. Listing is here in Chinese. http://www.dianping.com/shop/2847307#...

    To give you an idea of what to expect, in late-autumn I had fresh Aji sashimi, wood roasted bamboo shoots, torched unagi, and monkfish liver stew... it was perfect.

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      modernleifeng Jul 19, 2009 08:32 AM

      TianJia is okay, I much prefer Sushi Oyama and its probably worth a trip. I have 2 friends that have been raving about HeShan, and supposedly their stuff also comes in fresh everyday from Japan, but haven't been down to Shanghai in the past few months, so have yet to try it.

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        leefc Jul 19, 2009 05:52 AM

        I've been here for a few months and generally don't eat sushi that often for fear of not being able to ask/understand where the fish is from. Whereas in the states, I'm having sushi every week or so.

        But you're right, with all the native Japanese folks there seems like there should be a few top quality places.

        I've been hearing good things about a few places, but haven't been yet:

        Shintori on julu lu
        Sushi Bar in the Pudong Shangri la

        I'll be curious of what you find.

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          cowsmama May 7, 2009 02:06 AM

          What about TianJia in the French Concession off Huashan Lu? Their toro is great, and I hear they now offer other types of fish.


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            E Woks Apr 29, 2009 04:22 PM

            One of my colleagues knows a well known Korean chef in Shanghai, one of his recommendations was Kohane in Gubei area.

            I went there with Japanese colleagues, I thought the food was excellent, they also thought the food was very good (but the service wasn't quite up to top Japanese standards).

            It's on Hongmei Lu on the side of the pearl market, you can't miss it, it's the small Japanese place with two large round windows.

            Can't find anything about this place on the internet for some reason.

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              emilyinshanghai Apr 29, 2009 01:06 AM

              Sushi Oyama is a relatively new Sushi Restaurant on Donghu Lu near Huaihai Lu. In the same complex as El Willy. 14 seats total with 1 private tatami room - must make a reservation. No menu, Sushi Chef Oyama prepares everything himself and typically you wind up with around 15 small courses. Sushi Chef Oyama is Japanese and all the fish is flown in from Tokyo and Nagasaki. It's not cheap, around USD 100 per person. But delicious and on par with sushi I've had in Japan.

              1. s0memale Apr 21, 2009 08:50 PM

                Nadaman Sushi Bar in the Kowloon Shangri-la wasn't too bad. Definitely very expensive though.

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