Now that 2016 is here, it’s time to eat at those restaurants you’ve always wanted to visit. Chope, Shanghai’s leading restaurant reservation service has some recommendations. Here are 12 restaurants everyone in Shanghai should try AT LEAST once!
Shanghai’s groundbreaking American Chinese food joint, serving up all of the Chinese take-out classics you’ve been craving from home, in addition to some must-try innovations like Mapo Dofu Cheese Fries.
Maya consistently delivers some of the most authentic and mouthwatering Mexican food in Shanghai. They could easily charge more than what they do and still impress, so if you haven’t yet it’s time to make your way over to their cozy Julu Lu location.
JUMBO Seafood @ Raffles City
Expect superb chili crab and other signature dishes from this Singaporean seafood haven near People’s Square. They first opened in Singapore more than two decades ago and have been serving fresh and delicious local classics since.
Kagen Teppanyaki @ Taojiang Lu
Upscale teppanyaki joint in the French concession with melt-in-your-mouth fresh sushi/sashimi, and all of the unlimited delicacies you can imagine. You get what you pay for with outstanding service and food to fill you for days – definitely need a reservation for this place!
Al has done something incredibly right at this Xinle road joint. All day American-style breakfast that should satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Don’t miss the blueberry ricotta pancakes or the patty melt. Fantastic portions, great atmosphere, and major bonus points for having Gracie’s ice cream parlor inside. Book on Chope, dine by January 11th and receive a scoop of Gracie’s ice cream for every 70 RMB you spend!
El Bodegon does Latin American cuisine right, along with some of the most consistent Argentinian steak & drink deals in the city (all-day everyday 30RMB happy hour?!). Expect excellent service and even better ceviche – perfect for a dinner with friends.
Light & Salt on the Bund
Light and Salt is pioneering Euro-Asian fusion fine dining and quite the food-art-lifestyle experience in a Rockbund building ripe with Chinese feminist history. Whether you’re enjoying an afternoon tea set, or an exquisite 3-course 350RMB dinner, it’s well worth the splurge.
Californian John Liu, owner of neighboring Coquille, offers a high-quality take on classic Italian cuisine. Pick any of the pastas, pizzas, meats or seafood and you’ll leave more than satisfied. A standout in a crowded Italian food scene, you really can’t go wrong with this menu.
This is Xinjiang cuisine that actually strikes a great balance between foreign-friendly and totally authentic. Highlights include homemade yogurt and lamb wontons, but don’t miss their stand-out veggies: cold spicy eggplant, and a twist on stir-fried green beans.
Looking for that perfect brunch spot/gastropub/microbrewery/pig-out-place? Liquid Laundry is all of these and more. Infamous for big crowds and bigger portions, let’s take a moment to think about that eggs Benedict with smoked BBQ brisket. Heaven.
Bumbu does authentic Indonesian in the basement of a building directly across from the Nanjing West Road fake market. But don’t be deterred – their food is stellar. Beef rendang and corn fritters are some standouts, along with great lunch sets and some delectable coconut milk drenched desserts.
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