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“Chinese with a difference”
Review of Shanghai 30's

Shanghai 30's
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Ranked #80 of 634 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $32 - $32
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
211 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Chinese with a difference”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

its a step back in time, but excellent food, nic cosy restaurant just of city centre.Dishes were different and not run of the mill Chinese.

Visited September 2012
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Best Chinese outside of Asia”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Delicious meal in a really beautiful setting. Starters and mains all fantastic, I was dining with 4 others and we all agreed. I have lived in Malaysia so am used to having amazing Chinese, Indian and Malay food and this place does not disappoint. I would have to say it is the best Chinese meal I've had outside of Asia. Service was great, very friendly and prompt. Can't wait to go again

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank CJonesy
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Jakarta, Indonesia
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Pleasant place with good view.”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Let's be straight from the very beginning - i don't really like Chinese food. i do appreciate some parts of wide range of this cuisine though. i've been to China, but it is still difficult to judge how authentic the food is. Looked quite chinese=)
so the place itself is really neat - it's located very close to the center (Carfax) and the building is beautiful from inside with the windows overlooking the Christchurch colleague. The small reception is decorated according to the name, so i won't spoil your experience describing it in details. And you definitely have to visit the lavatory to enjoy the soundtrack!!! small pieces of decor are inhabiting the main room as well.
we were four for a dinner and had a feast with 4 starters and 4 main courses. It's too much, opt for starter + main to share or starter to share and main each. They do have lunch options of 10, 20 and 30 per head. Unfortunately dim sums are only for lunch, but the veggie dumplings were very tasty.
I was asked to note that the chopsticks there are too smooth and thus difficult to operate, but personally i didn't have a problem. and if you are looking for something very spicy it's your place!
i've seen negative reviews mostly related to service, but in our case it was quite professional with single problem - english of the waitress. we had to ask many times to repeat in order to understand her, but she was patient (so were we).

  • Visited May 2013
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Oxford,UK
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A hidden treasure”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

We had a fantastic meal, food was amazing (rice and noodles are huge portions, would easily serve at least 2-3 people), very reasonably priced, great service, lovely atmosphere and décor.

  • Visited May 2013
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Ocean City, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Wonderful atmosphere!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We were so pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere. It combined old English with Asian. Very tasteful. The food was also very good. I only gave it a 4 out of 5 because the portions were light.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank OCMDRaven
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