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Southern Barbarian

#438 of 15,925 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Former French Concession
Chinese, Barbecue, Yunnan
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2F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu (near Maoming Lu), Shanghai, China
Name/address in local language
+86 21 5157 5510
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

This place is overrated and overprice. The food is really average and I seriously doubt about the cleanness of the restaurant, just have a look in the kitchen and you'll only order drinks. If they didn't serve bees, grasshopper and co, this place won't be known... Save your money for a better Yunan restaurant.

Thank Maxime M
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239 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Fun interesting food in a friendly, funky space. We tried and enjoyed many dishes; the mashed potato is as fab as we read.

Thank CAGreens
West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2016

Go to this place, if you can find it. Met a friend there, found my way in and relaxed. Never got to crowded and was just a great place to hang. Great food. I had great beef, a potato like pancake. One of my friends favorites, I suggest you find it...mostly expats.

Thank Gary P
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2016

Like many other reviews mentioned, this place is definitely not the easiest to find. You will enter a building and go through some narrow empty hallway along the back and go up a set of stairs to find the place. The rest of the building was totally dead, but Southern Barbarian was very lively. What led me here was the... More 

Thank Teague M
Stockholm, Sweden
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251 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2015

We had our hopes built up, but the restaurant didn’t relly deliver. No real depth in the food, don’t think it was freshly prepared. The cheese that everyone raves about isn’t all that… It doesn’t taste that much, and if you compare it to its European counterpart halloumi it has a long way to go. Wouldn’t go again, preferr other... More 

Thank Bischa
Vienna, Austria
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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2015

The restaurant was a bit hard to find and the entrance looked not so nice... This is why I expected not so good food. I was wrong though. They offered fine Yunnanese meals and a wide range of beer and other drinks. We especially enjoyed the fried honey bees, would definitely recommend! :) The service was ok.

Thank Manuel V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2015

Very hard to find if you come in from the Maoming Lu side and when you do find the way in, you would be forgiven for a little trepidation because the ground floor of the building in which the restaurant is, is rather grotty. On the second floor is the restaurant, very small but the food is delicious. Our party... More 

Thank IrisJay
Calgary, Canada
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159 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2015

In North America we are typically only exposed to a limited sampling of Chinese cuisine. So, it is great to be able to see something like this from southern China that did not migrate across the ocean. The place is pretty spartan and a bit hard to find, but the food is excellent. The potato "pizza" for lack of a... More 

1 Thank Vladimir1968
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Have been visiting this Yunnanese restaurant for years & I have always enjoyed it. A little difficult to find on your first visit. The food is authentic & the proprietor very friendly & welcoming. For a taste of China you might not have heard of I would thoroughly recommend this place.

1 Thank ShanghaiGoat
Paris, France
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38 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2015

You have to meander through a courtyard and a couple of buildings to find this place but its worth it. Great variety of foods though not Shanghai fare. Fresh, salads, fish, meats. All spiced and spicy if you wish. You can even have a plateful of crickets should you wish to. Great staff, not fluent in English but young, helpful... More 

1 Thank LouisSaintCalbre

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Barbecue, Yunnan
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighborhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: +86 21 5157 5510

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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.
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