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“Superb Shanghainese Restaurant”
Review of Fu 1039

Fu 1039
Ranked #225 of 16,926 Restaurants in Shanghai
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Zhongshan Park
Melbourne, Australia
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558 reviews
422 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
“Superb Shanghainese Restaurant”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Fu 1039 is not easy to find, though its name helps. Located inside an alley at No.1039 on Yuyuan Road, there is no signboard or banner showing the name of the restaurant neither on Yuyuan Road or the alley. It reflects the confidence of its owner/operator to rely instead on words of mouth to promote its business. Customers would need to make an effort to search for and find it. But it is worthwhile to do so.

There were prior reviews on the building, decor, and atmosphere - which as a whole will certainly impress guests. On entering the compound we saw a large plot of green grassland with several tables and chairs adjacent to the building. I could imagine guests having drinks and/or meals there under the sky (when the weather is suitable), perhaps puffing cigars with a glass of port or cup of coffee after dinner.

There were four of us dining there last week. My guests were locals but had never been there, though they had heard about it. We left with totally satisfied stomachs and feelings. The dishes we ordered included smoked (marinated) fish - served warm; marinated eggs prepared in "hot spring" style with caviars; spring rolls; steamed "Shi" fish with ham and "jiuniang" (fermented rice with sweet wine taste); sweet and sour pork; green bean sprouts stir fired with rice wine; and smoked duckling with steamed buns. Portions were not large but reasonable - especially fitting for tasting.

The wine on its Wine List was so so but over-priced - not unusual amongst Shanghainese restaurants. I was told when making reservation that no BYO would be allowed. Our strategy was to order a lower priced bottle (to take home), but asked the waiter to open instead the two bottles that we brought. It worked - without being charged corkage.

  • Visited May 2014
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Malaysia
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131 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Looking for proper Shanghainese cuisine?”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

Housed in an old colonial bungalow, this wonderful restaurant is the perfect place to go for authentic shanghainese cuisine.
Their specialty, smoked fish, stewed tender pork, drunken chicken is a must try.

The old colonial ambience coupled with shanghainese food served in simple but elegant platings makes this outlet indeed a wonderful option. Be transported to the era of yesteryears.

  • Visited April 2014
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

This place will take you back to old Shanghai. The building itself is a genuine old house with much if the original walls, floors, and even it seems the fixtures. Food is the real deal - true Shanghainese. Wine list almost non existent so bring your own.

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White Plains, NY
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10 reviews
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“Some very good, some just fine”
Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed dinner, and found the service and atmosphere quite wunderful. Many of our dishes were quite delicious as well. I don't, however, feel this place deserves the rave reviews and placement in the top 50 in Shanghai. We ate at other more wonderful restaurants in this same $25 to $35 per person range.

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Los Angeles, California
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136 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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“Time travel to Old Shanghai through its traditional cuisine”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

Fu 1039 is a 1930s mansion located in an alley.Fu means happy while 1039 is the street address. The restaurant name reflects the mood inside as you'll have an enjoyable time savoring traditional and unique Shanghai dishes, which are its specialty and very delicious.

The interior is very charming and the restaurant is not pretentious at all. Traditional Shanghai dishes are light and sweet. I enjoyed the fried sweet fish and lotus with sticky rice. I also tried for the first time the cold chicken with wine infused ice placed on top of it. I also had soup with tofu, mussels and mushrooms. For dessert, I enjoyed the Chinese dates cake (jujube), sweet bean with lotus and almonds and orange yogurt in a pumpkin.

I highly recommend this place and I'll surely return and check out the other dishes. If you'd like to experience old Shanghai, I recommend coming here.

  • Visited November 2013
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