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KaiWen ChuFang

#316 of 12,528 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Former French Concession
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No.231 Huashan Road, Shanghai, China
021-62488292
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 5
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Honest Indian Food

Everything somehow fits with KaiWen. It is a small but cozy place on the opposite of the Hilton and above a suspicious creepy bar (red dragon). The food is typical northern style. The taste is good, but to be honest not great so that my palate would bounce a Bollywood dance. However we will... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
RobertTheChef
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Shanghai, China
via mobile
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Shanghai, China
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything somehow fits with KaiWen. It is a small but cozy place on the opposite of the Hilton and above a suspicious creepy bar (red dragon). The food is typical northern style. The taste is good, but to be honest not great so that my palate would bounce a Bollywood dance. However we will come back because it is the... More 

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Thank RobertTheChef
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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59 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

If you are Indian missing home food - you will love this. If you are non-Indian, looking for Indian food - you will probably love this even more! The restaurant itself is very non-pretentious. But the food, the host, and the service is quite nice. The host welcomes you very warmly - and engages in conversation which really adds a... More 

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Thank Amit_Haralalka
China
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63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Reasonably priced and good food. WE had a really nice meal which comprised most of the Indian spectrum. Great nan, huge prawns and our Chinese companions (Indoan virgins) loved the really spicy curries ordered for them. Good range of drinks and once your food is served they leave you alone. Recently revamped. Definitely worth a try.

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Thank SinophileLuton
Shanghai, China
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I've been to a few Indian Restaurants in Shanghai, and they vary from poor to average. This one, however, is really good. It's a very small place, and you have to walk through a bar to get to it, but the food is excellent and the owner is a great host. There is a good selection of vegetarian food as... More 

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Thank Mark W
Shanghai, China
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We had dined at better Indian restaurants in Shanghai. Menu in particular had nothing different than the usual North Indian dishes. Food was below average . Kids liked the place as one of the staff entertained with a magic show . Will not recommend if you are looking for a nice Indian food.

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Thank Sunil N
Kunshan, Jiangsu, China
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

The worst person ever encounter, you should go if you are a caucasian, else no guarantee that you will get any service here. No good indian test or hospitality for Indian people.

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Thank Purvi N P
Hsinchu, T'ai-wan, Taiwan
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112 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is on the 1st floor and accessed via stairs in the ground floor pub. Once upstairs, the restaurant is quite narrow, and appears a little dark and untidy. The food however, was good. My starters, samosas with a little chickpea curry were excellent, and the vindaloo didn't disappoint either.

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Thank James P
Biratnagar
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Nice cosy restaurant. The couple managing the restaurant were friendly. Food was good. We ordered chapati and vegetables it was good. Except samosa chat which was just ok and had Chinese masala in it

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Thank sgolchha1
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

I went to this restaurant to try given the feedback but was not very pleased with the restaurant. entrance is a narrow one through a bar, the restaurant is not insulated for winter and it is pretty cold inside. food was at best average and am doubtful about the alcohol i had there

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Thank Priya K
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

In a cold weather temperature in Shanghai, a friendly owner welcomed me and just like that I can already feel the warm of the place. I ordered a butter naan bread, butter chicken, briyani rice and the owner suggested a cup of rose tea which I added to my order. And here are my review of the food: - the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No.231 Huashan Road, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighborhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: 021-62488292

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian

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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.