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Cha Restaurant (Si South Road)

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Former French Concession
Chinese, Hong Kong
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No.30-4 Si'nan Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, China
021-60932062
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11:00 am - 1:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Dining options: Lunch

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  • 17
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  • 15
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  • 6
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Almost like in TST Hong Kong

Go when you have a hankering for Hong Kong cha chan teng food and deco. The food is almost HK good and for Shanghai that is pretty darn good. The 'nai cha' is a must have. Always a queue, but won't have to wait too long for seats.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Shanghai Region, China
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Shanghai Region, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Go when you have a hankering for Hong Kong cha chan teng food and deco. The food is almost HK good and for Shanghai that is pretty darn good. The 'nai cha' is a must have. Always a queue, but won't have to wait too long for seats.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great food and service. NZD50 for a family of four. Fast, cheerful and authentic. No English spoken but English translation on menu. Point and smile!

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It becomes a little too easy when in Shanghai, even in the week prior to Christmas when smarter tourists are in warmer parts of the world, to frequent places that cater more to tourists. And then you find a place like Cha's, recommended by Lonely Planet and of course by TripAdvisor contributors. There's no chance of a reservation here. Just... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

LOVIN this place a lot! Keep coming back almost every week after my first visit, just simple dishes with great taste. Must have items for me: Pork Chop Rice, Eggs & Prawn, Polo Bun, Fried Noodle, Crispy Chicken with Lemon Sauce. That's my most fave dishes, but it doesn't mean that the others not delicious, they are too. You can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

One of the best places i have eaten in shanghai! I have order "Kale" in soy sauce, Chicken, Beef and a Fujian Rice. All of it was delicious. The flavour was smooth and perfect! Since this place is usually crowded expect that you will share the table with some estrangers :) not bad at all. Price was affordable, no more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is a very "local" restaurant that serves Hong Kong style food. I was the only westerner in the restaurant, and there was a huge line waiting to get in during my entire stay. If you prefer fancy quiet places to eat, this is not for you. The interior is very basic and if there are less than two people... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This very cheap and crowded restarurant is a surprise. They will seat you in any place free at the moment, this means that you can end up with other people at the table. The food is great and served in a quick and efficient way. The staff speaks only Chinese, but it's easy to get understood. Must try.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Definitely a local experience. Read about it in Lonely Planet guide. We were the only Westerners in the restaurant. Arrived at 5 PM so walked right in. We were seated at a booth for 4 and told to sit next to each other. Sure enough, a chinese mother and daughter were seated across from us within minutes. The menus are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Perfect place to have great food and feel local for an hour before being asked to leave politely in order to place others ! Due to constant traffic of food lovers, this place has the kind of atmosphere you for sure want to live in Shanghai ! Impossible to have dinner on your own, they squeeze everyone in ..... you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

went there and expected local food chain, fast and tasty, and that is what we got. a bit crowdy, but we we were able to get seats immediately, barely anyone speaks english, but they have english menues. you get tea on arrival, as a standard part of service. they are fast, food is delicious (had some beef noodles), and very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No.30-4 Si'nan Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighborhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: 021-60932062

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Hong Kong
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:30 am

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Staying in Former French Concession

Neighborhood Profile
Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.