Shanghai is one of the most prosperous cities in China. However, it’s not just a luxurious and money-oriented economic zone, it is also a lovely town boasting an array of ancient nongtangs (lanes) featuring excellent restaurants. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best dining establishments in Shanghai.
Situated in a Shanghai nongtang, Nong Tang Yan serves traditional Shanghainese cuisine. Classic dishes include congshao crucian carp, drunken shrimps, and salted pork with bamboo shoot soup. Diners can enjoy their genuine Benbang (‘local’) meal in this quaint two story restaurant. The staff are friendly and helpful, and everyone will be willing to recommend tasty dishes for you. Nong Tang Yan also provides plenty of drinks and Chinese wines to complement their dishes.
Amao Restaurant provides diners with a wide range of delicious Shanghainese dishes, and they are particularly famous for their drunken seafood, like drunken shrimps, crabs, and spiral shells. Drunken seafood, or wine-preserved seafood, is a very common dish in Shanghai. Amao Restaurant does not just serve traditional sweet, drunken or braised dishes, they also offer simpler dishes, like bai ye (bean curd skin roll) and glutinous rice balls in fermented sweet wine soup.
Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet could be the most mysterious restaurant in Shanghai. The location of their restaurant is never revealed, and they only accept ten diners each night. Ultraviolet provides extraordinarily fine dishes, and it is an award-winning restaurant, ranked number 24 in the world in 2015. They offer a multi-sensory experience which includes ultraviolet lighting, music, and dry scent projectors to create a fantastic dining environment.
Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Location Disclosed Upon Reservation, Shanghai, China.
Fu He Hui is a vegetarian restaurant serving light dishes, and their aim is to retain the original flavor and nutrition of their ingredients. Fu He Hui promotes healthy values, therefore the chefs only use organic or natural oil for cooking, such as walnut oil and hazelnut oil. Housed in a two story Western-style house, the environment of Fu He Hui is also incredibly welcoming.
Founded by an Italian, Goodfellas is one of the best Italian restaurants located in the the Bund, in the heart of Shanghai. They serve brilliant Italian dishes complemented by a good selection of red and white wines. Their classic desserts are as good as their main meals, and include options such as tiramisu, gelato, and cheesecake.
Opened in 1999, M on the Bund is always one of the best places from which to view the Shanghai skyline, as there is a lovely terrace on the seventh floor. M on the Bund offers a wide range of Western-style dishes, with a fantastic brunch menu offering a variety of bread, Spanish tortillas, English full breakfasts, and fish and chips. It is also an award wining restaurant which has served numerous celebrities, including Kate Moss and Daniel Radcliffe.
Fu 1015 does not just offer Shanghainese cuisine – their chefs always strive to fuse traditional Benbang dishes with Western and Cantonese cuisine, creating extraordinarily fine and exquisite meals. It is worth noting that they even turn traditional Shanghainese snacks into creative dishes, for example, making soy milk into ice cream and serving it with crispy slices of youtiao (fried bread twist).
Hidden in a tiny nongtang, Xiao Bai Hua Restaurant is a Shanghainese locale providing traditional home-style Benbang cuisine. The interior of the restaurant is very homely, with desks and chairs mainly made of wood. The restaurant is always full of tourists hailing from all parts of the world.
The House of Roosevelt are famous for their extensive array of beverages. Their cuisine is also wonderful, offering a wide range of gourmet seafood and meat which complement their wines and champagnes perfectly. Filled with dark wooden cabinets and the subtle fruity smell of wines, the spacious restaurant is elegant and cozy, and boasts a setting in which you can fully relax and have an enjoyable dining experience.
Sale e Pepe offers plentiful traditional Italian appetizers, pastas and risottos, as well as mouth-watering Italian desserts, such as caramel custard, chocolate cake, and cooked cream with Fabbri black cherry. Sale e Pepe also serves a good selection of alcoholic drinks, including prosecco, white wine, rose wine and red wine, which perfectly complement their brilliant Italian dishes.