Jing’an district is one of the central districts in Shanghai and it was named after Jing’an Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple founded in 247AD. Besides the temple, there are also numerous great restaurants and hotels in Jing’an district which attract many tourists every year. We provide a guide to the 10 best restaurants in Jing’an.
Tim’s Kitchens, in Hong Kong and Macau, became Michelin two-starred restaurants in 2011, and Tim’s Kitchen Shanghai was founded in the same year. The Shanghai branch serves exquisite traditional Cantonese dishes which are colorful, aromatic, and tasty. Besides food, the interior design of the restaurant is also brilliant with everywhere decorated with peach blossoms, bringing a relaxing and romantic atmosphere to diners.
Located near the Jing’an Temple, Mustache is a Western-style restaurant mainly serving Spanish and Italian cuisine. The most popular dish is their Spanish paella, made from plentiful seafood, including prawns, scallops, squids, octopus and clams, which altogether create a colorful, as well as very delicious dish. Served on a thick wooden plate, their ham platter is incredibly tasty and great to eat with their cheese, soup or bread.
Yan Yu is a Xiamen restaurant serving some innovative dishes and Fujian cuisine, characterized by its sweet and sour tastes. Their dishes look exquisite, for example the salted egg yolk custard bun is made into the shape of a funny pig and looks really adorable and attractive. They also create interesting names for dishes, like ‘Super Mario’, the mushroom-like filled buns. Finally, it is noteworthy that Yan Yu’s colorful apéritif is served in test tubes.
Zheng Ben Qing Yuan Health Restaurant understands that the people of Shanghai value the importance of health. Thus, they established this restaurant, which cooks healthy Benbang (local) cuisine made from organic or natural ingredients. Most of which are directly imported from Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand. The Shanghai-style braised pork belly is incredibly tasty as the meat is extremely tender and savory, and the braising sauce is just lovely.
Opened in 2015, Bokka serves a wide variety of European-style dishes. Their caramelized pork belly is a nice dish, made from tender pork belly and fresh apples, creating a subtle sweetness which perfectly matches the meat. The braised beef ribs are also fantastic, being extremely tender .Chef, Joe Zhao, was once an apprentice at Noma, one of the world’s best restaurants, located in Copenhagen.
Share Dope is a supercar-themed oyster bar serving a wide range of fresh oysters and classic wines. The whole interior is decorated with plentiful paintings, posters, and models of different types of supercars. They serve oysters, imported from different countries, including French Gillardeau and Canadian oysters. Their list of wines is also fabulous, especially their sweet and fruity Riesling. Share Dope offers both in and outdoor dining areas, both of which are equally comfortable.
Just Like It! is a tiny little restaurant located in a corner of the Jing’an Kerry Center, but their liquid nitrogen ice cream is really amazing and tasty. Rose is the most popular flavor, while their special flavors, such as wasabi and durian, are equally attractive. If you don’t want to have ice cream, you can also try their other dishes, like rice with salmon and avocado, or pasta with prawns and basil.
Situated in the Shangri-La Hotel, 1515 West is a fine chophouse offering great steaks. They are personally picked by their chefs from an Australian farm, and the beef has to go through a 45 day dry-ageing before serving. The quality of their steak is particularly good and the taste is just superb, being really juicy, meaty and tender. 1515 West also serves a good selection of alcoholic drinks.
PINTXOS serves a wide range of fabulous Spanish tapas, including baked goats cheese, tortilla, and fried scallop. The tapas bar is called pintxo (‘pincho’ in Basque), a popular snack in Navarre and Basque country that is smaller than tapas and usually served by skewering several ingredients on a thin bamboo stick. If you want to try some Spanish drinks, you should definitely give a try to their traditional sangria.
Although the name seems Western, Polo Restaurant provides traditional Shanghai cuisine and has done for almost 23 years. The stir-fried black pepper steak is their classic dish, tasting extremely tender and meaty, while not being very spicy, so suitable for any diners. But, if you want to have something plainer, you should try to their steamed xiao long bao (bun) with hairy crab roe.