Top choice shanghai

in West Shanghai

No one has a bad thing to say about this dapper expat favourite, and rightly so: it has never let its standards dip over the years. Meat dishes start at ¥58 for beef and yóutiáo (dough strips), and the plentiful eel, shrimp and squid dishes cost around twice that. Other tempting fare includes roast duck and braised pork.

Things are backed up by a four-page vegetarian menu, including sweet-and-sour vegetarian spare ribs, which are out of this world. The setting (tucked away in an alley) is white tablecloths, cream walls and brown leatherette furniture. Service is fantastic. Reserve.