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#231 of 3,071 Chinese in Shanghai


$20 - $60
Lunch, Dinner

MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

It may have moved to a new location in 2018 but this Shanghainese restaurant still offers warm service, fresh ingredients and delicious home-style dish...
Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
Simple restaurant
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Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

I really enjoy exploring restaurants which offer dishes I am very familiar with. Personally I rate Shanghai cuisine up there with Cantonese food especially in terms of flavor and variety of dishes. My local friends told me this place was very hard to reserve but...we were able to obtain one with a phone call. This isn’t the restaurant with the best Shanghai cuisine but I would come back to eat some standout dishes (pork chop with spring onion, stir fried eel, stir fried mini prawns).More

Date of visit: December 2017
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Nice little place, cozy atmosphere, great Shanghai style home cooking. The sautéed shrimp is great with beer.

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

With just 6 tables, this hole in the wall place is often seen with a queue outside the eatery. Patience is required when dining here or else you'll have to be there very early. Dishes that appear in nearly every table are Ji Gu Xiang,...small pieces of chicken cooked in a sticky and sweet tasting black sauce. Caotou, vegetable quickly fried with pork lard oil with a dash of Chinese cooking wine. Deep-fried Huangyu, pieces of boneless local fish coated in batter and deep fried till golden served with a vinegar based dipping sauce. Tang Chu Pai Tiao, tender pork strips lightly coated and fried in a sweet and vinegared sauce. These dishes are adequate for 2 person and a bill that won't burn a hole in your pocket. Try it if you have the time...!More

Date of visit: December 2016
Reviewed October 31, 2014

Do you have a favorite restaurant with home cooking – you know, an Italian with mama in the kitchen, a ribs joint run by people who know how to smoke meat, a soul food place with...soul? If so and if you're ready to move out...of your comfort zone then Lin Tang will serve you some great down home Shanghaiese food. Your first challenge is to find the place. Song Shan Road is the first road behind the Andaz hotel in Xintiandi. Unless you read Chinese you will only find 107 by looking for the number or, if you come after about 6, the number of people sitting on stools on the sidewalk - this is the queue. If there is a queue then there will be a man in charge and you should ask him for a number. Once you get your number, and you won't know how long the wait is but the diners before you know there's a line and are not prone to dawdling over their meal, you must look at a menu and decide what you want to order as the order is placed before you actually go in the restaurant. The menu is in Chinese. No English, no pictures. If you don't read Chinese or have a Chinese speaker with you then ask one of the other persons in the queue for a translation. I was assisted by two very lovely ladies. The menu is huge so don't ask for a translation of everything – just tell them what you like and have them make suggestions. House specialties are marked with a star. Don't order more than two dishes. Once you decide what you want to eat tell the man who gave you the number and then wait. There are a grand total of six four person tables. That's it. You will be called when it's your turn and if you are a couple or solo other guests might be seated at your table. Soft drinks, beer or tea is available inside. Now, the food. I ordered two specialties, “youbaoxia”, unpeeled flash fried river shrimps, and “jigujiang”, sweet and sticky soy sauce chicken together with a vegetable which translate as “water spinach.” Three dishes was a dish too far. The chicken came and I noticed that EVERY table had ordered the same chicken dish. That was encouraging. It came in the most delicious sauce I have ever tasted. The balance between sweet and soy was perfect and the consistency was perfectly smooth. Really, really wonderful. The water spinach was a vegetable I have never eaten before – slightly meatier then spinach, perfectly steamed. There were heaps of it. The shrimp came unpeeled. They are tiny and some of the other patrons were peeling them but I couldn't muster the dexterity to do the same so just popped them in my mouth and crunched down. Great sauce, again. At the end of the meal your bill is presented and off you go making way for the other patrons waiting out on the sidewalk. I paid RMB 90. The chicken was so good I came back the next night for a refill. There was no line but I was early so told the waiter I wanted some fish as my second dish without being specific. The request was made in English and acknowledged but not verbally answered. I wound up getting a white fish in the lightest and crispiest batter I have ever experienced. This is a five star review for the food, and none for the inside ambiance because there is none. Take a chance, you'll LOVE the food.More

Date of visit: September 2014
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Perfect place to get a taste of local Shanghaicai. Had to wait a while because the restaurant is quite small but well worth it because the dishes were delicious.

Date of visit: April 2014
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Reviewed July 6, 2008

A lovely small dining place, traditional Shanghai food

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Reviewed June 18, 2008

normally small shop but inexpensive and delicious,genuine shanghaines food,even they don't have beautiful decoration,u should try that!

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