If you’re in Shanghai, you’ll want to be sure to add a restaurant to your agenda. Shanghai is a bustling metropolis, a captivating mix of East and West, where the elegance of Chinese tradition mingles with European influence, energized by an ever-advancing plunge towards modernity and a swelling economic confidence. Lying about 12 miles west of downtown Shanghai, Hongqiao feels much more laid back than the city center. But it’s still Shanghai, which of course means that the food is fantastic. Here is a list of 7 delicious eateries in Hongqiao.
The Huia is a bird unique to New Zealand.Revered for its beauty,distinctive yellow plumage,long curved beak and intoxicating song, it was sought after by local Maori and European settlers.
It is with these characteristics in mind that proprietors Roger Chu has decided to use this unique creature’s name for this restaurant.
Leaving the comfort of their lives in Auckland to settle in Shanghai,Roger had one thing in common; a passion for bringing a little bit of the “Kiwi lifestyle” to China. This has manifested itself in Little Huia’s New Zealand food and drinks. “We wanted to create what we believe epitomises the New Zealand dining experience, being able to enjoy top quality ingredients, great wines and great coffee in a casual and friendly environment. We have created a menu that uses plenty of New Zealand seafood, lamb, dairy and wine.”
Add: SOHO 3911, 3911 Hongmei Lu, near Yanan Lu
Open daily: 08.30 – 23.00
Contact: 021 6262 0061
This two-story Vietnamese-French restaurant is always packed with food fusion lovers. Large, steaming bowls of Vietnamese pho are slurped down alongside toasted French baguette sandwiches. Appetizer platters are generous, which make them perfect for sharing between friends and family. Aniseed is also quirky not only in the fusion cuisine it offers – you’ll notice upon walking in that all the waitresses bustle around in traditional Vietnamese attire.
Add: 451 Guyang Lu, near Yaohong Lu
Open daily: 11.00 – 23.00
Contact: 159 0057 1177
Nestled in the Mandarin City compound, Gennaro serves authentic Italian food in a laid back setting. Like a fine lasagna, this restaurant is layer after layer of deliciousness. Authentic and charming, it still manages to maintain a comfortableness to it that makes it more than just a once-a-year destination.
Add: Mandarin City Clubhouse, 1/F, 1129 Guyang Lu, near Shuicheng Lu
Open daily: Sun to Fri – 12.00 – 22.00, Sat – 12.00 – 23.00
Contact: 021 2428 6587
Qian Qiu offers excellent food for a very modest price. One of its signatures is the Shanghainese dumpling (小笼包, xiǎolóngbāo), and Quan Qiu serves them better than the ones found at the renowned Taiwan chain, Din Tai Fung (famous for its dumplings). The restaurant is normally packed with locals and the servers can be a little snappy, but it’s all worth it for the inexpensive and delicious feast. This is also the original Qian Qiu location!
Add: 17 Shuicheng Nan Lu, near Huangjincheng Dao (水城南路 17号，近黄金城道)
Open daily: weekdays – 10.00 to 23.00, weekends – 09.00 to 23.00
Contact: 6270 1172
Tang’s Cuisine 唐宫壹号
Tang’s Cuisine offers authentic Cantonese food at a reasonable price, especially when taking into account the top-notch service and upscale atmosphere. Dim sum is abundant here, as are multiple-course meals for larger dinner parties. The restaurant is spacious and includes large private rooms for more intimate party gatherings. The crispy pork and lobster congee are excellent, but rest assured that everything found on the menu is of the best quality and authentically Cantonese.
Add: Hongqiao Marriott 2/F, 2270 Hongqiao Lu, near Jianhe Lu
Open daily: 09.00 – 15.00, 17.00 – 22.00
Contact: 021 6286 6308
Goody Goody Noodle House 来吃面
Lai Chi Mian is the kind of restaurant you pass by and don’t even realize it. It has absolutely no curb appeal. Its puzzling English name, Goody Goody Noodle House, is cringeworthy. It lacks that trendy, edgy urban minimalist vibe that you find at Noodle Bull. Fluourescent lighting bathes the Formica table tops in a pale, anemic light. The walls are papered in generic prints reminiscent of Toulouse-Lautrec. No ambiance-friendly loops of electronica, either. Just late 70s vintage Kenny Rogers ballads blaring at an almost unbearable volume. They’ve got 21 varieties on their menu – braised pork knuckle, Taiwan-style spareribs, wonton noodles to name a few. This small Taiwanese restaurant is always packed with visitors slurping down steaming bowls of noodles and washing them down with ice cold beers.
Add: 477 Guyang Lu, near Yaohong Lu
Open daily: 10.00 – 23.00
Contact: 021 5175 3066
Brasserie 8+ 巴星域海鲜西餐厅
Located on Jinhui Lu, this charming eatery offers only the freshest ingredients for all of their dishes. Known for their delicious seafood, you won’t be disappointed with their options. Not only does this restaurant have an excellent seafood selection, but its tender and juicy steaks are also tended with care. The restaurant itself is decorated simply, which ensures a comfortable dining experience for all visitors. The dinnerware is creative, with steaks being served on large, wooden chopping boards, breadsticks in little vases, and French fries in miniature baskets.
Add: 469 Jinhui Lu, near Xianfeng Lu
Open daily: 11.30 – 22.30
Contact: 021 6126 5777