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Southern Barbarian

#311 of 11,691 Restaurants in Shanghai
#337 of 12,753 Places to Eat in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
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Huaihai Road
Barbecue, Yunnan
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2F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu (near Maoming Lu), Shanghai, China
021-51575510
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 19
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  • 26
    Very good
  • 6
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice Yunnan food

I prefer this place over Lost Heaven because Lost Heaven has MSG in every dish and cannot cook without it. Insane. This place is a little tricky to find, and is not dramatically decorated like the more popular Yunnan places in Shanghai, but the food is good and clean, and NO MSG!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Shanghai, China
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Shanghai, China
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I prefer this place over Lost Heaven because Lost Heaven has MSG in every dish and cannot cook without it. Insane. This place is a little tricky to find, and is not dramatically decorated like the more popular Yunnan places in Shanghai, but the food is good and clean, and NO MSG!

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Shanghai, China
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I went there a couple of times. The food is great and there is typical chinese food quite cheap. The waiters could talk a little English and there were pictures all over the menu, which is quite convenient when you don't speak Chinese. Good place to eat on a weekday

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

Southern Barberian is different, yes it is Yunnan but uses spice mixtures you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere. It is less 'hot' than typical Yannan food. The Chicken Wings are to die for. Grandmother' s Mashed Potatoes, grilled Yunnan Chees and the Beef & Mint Casserole is superb. I could not bring myself to eat the Honey Bees... More 

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Changshu, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

If you don't have the chance to go to Yunnan or wish to remember the tastes and flavors you encountered during a trip there, the "Southern Barbarian" is a place to go to (re)discover them ... The entrance isn't the easiest to find and not the most welcoming, but once you are inside, you start smelling the flavors of Yunnan.... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I visited the restaurant based on CNN travel's article about "Shanghai's Weirdest Foods." I was not disappointed; I loved the whole experience, including navigation of the labyrinth to get there. The staff were friendly, and the bugs (my primary interest) were not bad. Eat them before they get too cold. I convinced my 11-year-old to eat the worms and bees,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

If you're looking for something a little different, this is it. The staff are gracious and the environment is pleasant. I was the only person there for lunch but don't fret, I'm sure it gets busy on weekends. It's at the back of a centre and kind of hard to find but it was worth the wandering around. I ordered... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Difficult to find (having to pass some smelly corridors to get to), restaurant decor could use an upgrade, food not amazing. Service was also not great - it was one of the warmer days in November and the staff had not turned on the a/c - really stuffy in the restaurant. Don't understand what everyone is going about, there are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Had a great meal here, was offered cooked insects and various wonderful salads, very impressive beer menu - mostly Belgian beers. Insects take some getting used too, but its a very authentic experience with good staff and complete with a bunch of chefs sitting outside having a smoke. Id advise it - provided your taste isn't too western give it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We ordered fives dishes - one was great (the fried cheese and ham), one was ok (roast fish) and the other two were average (pineapple chicken, and two vegetable dishes). Which is not to say the restaurant is bad, I was just expecting more after reading reviews and have definitely had much better Yunnan food for similar prices. If this... More 

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Absolutely convenient position, located in the middle of the French Concession. This restaurant offers a wide variety of choices and most of beers. Food is good. Beers are awesome. A bit on the pricey side. Turn down is the ambient, pretty crowded and not so comfortable. I would have expected something more relaxing. Still worth a try.

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Additional Information about Southern Barbarian

Address: 2F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu (near Maoming Lu), Shanghai, China
Phone Number: 021-51575510
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Huaihai Road
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 10
Cuisine: Barbecue, Yunnan

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu (near Maoming Lu), Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Huaihai Road
  • Neighborhood: Huaihai Road
  • Phone Number: 021-51575510

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Yunnan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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