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Jan 12, 2013 07:50 AM

Best restaurants in Shanghai for Thurs/Fri/Sat nights

We will be party of four staying at the JW Marriott. Would love phenominal Xio Long Bao as well as wonderful Shanghiaese food. Where to go? We will have a car!!

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  1. My fave xiao long bao spot in Shanghai is Crystal Jade at Xintiandi. But then, it's an offshoot of a Singapore-based chain and I practically "grew up" on its version.

    Many foreign visitors and expats swore by Din Tai Fung, also at Xintiandi. I'd been there but, whilst it's good, I preferred the original outlet in Taipei more.

    For the local Shanghainese and Mainland Chinese visitors, the go-to place for xiao long bao (albeit a bit touristy) is Nanxiang at Yuyuan Gardens:

    1. Xiao Long Bao is an oft discussed topic for Shanghai. I dispute that Nanxiang is the go to place for locals. It's very touristy. Jia Jia Tong Bao is more local (although nowadays foodie tourists are mixed in with the long line). Personally I like Ding Tai Fung, if you don't mind the high price.

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      1. re: PeterL

        By "locals", I meant local Mainland Chinese from other cities and provinces, not the Shanghainese, who usually have their own favorite neighborhood spots.

        1. re: PeterL

          Jia Jia Tong Bao is the best place I've been to for xiao long bao.

          Din Tai Fung has other good things on its menu. I like their noodles.

          1. re: calumin

            Went to Yangs, across the street from Jia Jia Tong Bao this morning. Fresh, hot right out of the oil Fried Soup dumplings, two orders, plus a piping hot large bowl of hot and sour noodle soup. Incredible taste!! Total cost......$3.20 US...Didn't save room for Jia Jia today....maybe Sunday..

          2. re: PeterL

            I went to the Din Tai Fung in Xintiandai many years ago and the drunken chicken was mushy and tasted sour/rotten... it really put me off DTF, although I have been to the original Taipei branch since and it was OK. I do prefer Crystal Jade though!

          3. I LOVE JIA fact, I'm staying at the JW Marriott so I can walk over there for breakfast starting tomorrow!!