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Southern Barbarian

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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: Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget
Dinner
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A little trip to Yunnan

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
mattcoq
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Changshu, China
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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53 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Changshu, China
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Singapore
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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140 reviews 140 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

If you want to have a great taste of Yunnan cuisine in Shanghai, head to Southern Barbarian for a great evening (or a great lunch deal). The decoration, since its starting days, has remained simple and clean. They have improved the toilet facilities. You can see the cooks prepare your food. They have a great selection of bottled beer from... More 

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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

the food was very very tasty. i enjoyed it. it helped my homesick at least. and the people were helpful;

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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107 reviews 107 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I enjoyed my dinner here. If you're looking to try something a bit different, this Yunnan restaurant is worth a try. The deep fried honey bees were part of the reason I went here and they were surprisingly good, not just a novelty. These are the only bugs I've ever eaten that I truly would like to eat again. Nice... More 

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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 0 - 10
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Yunnan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?