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.
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