Probably one of the favourite Chinese restaurants for foreigners and tourists in Shanghai. This is traditional Hunan spicy served in a non-fancy kitche done up atmosphere (think eating in a log cabin). Best spicy hunan ribs in town and great for entertaining visitors.
Location: Great. In the former French Concession near Okura & Jinjiang Hotels. Housed in a random location upstairs.
Food: Very good. Spicy but they can temper it down for you. Try the ribs which are among the best in Shanghai. Everything else you can't go wrong. For first time visitors you should order the candied banana or apples which are fun to get through for the end of the meal.
Atmosphere: If you are looking for fancy, then not the place. But the appeal here is a down to earth restaurant. It has a bit of a kitchen feel with fake grape vines on the walls, but that is what makes it interesting.
Service: Average. Nothing special.
Value: Very good especially in large groups. I think we paid less than 600rmb for 6 people with drinks.
Occasions: Business meals. First time visitors to Shanghai. Residents craving hunan spicy.
In summary one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in town with a long tradition and still not to be uprooted by the fancier / expensive joints popping up. A must visit if you haven't already.
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