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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 24
    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
Very good Yunnan cuisine with a difference

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
Arne S
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London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Singapore
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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150 reviews 150 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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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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