Din Tai Fung

Shanghai in Xujiahui & South Shanghai

This brightly lit and busy Taiwan-owned restaurant chain may still be peddling its ‘Top 10 restaurants of the world’ mantra after a two-decades-old review in the New York Times, but it does deliver some absolutely scrummy Shànghǎi xiǎolóngbāo dumplings. Not cheap perhaps (the pork variety are five for ¥30, or 10 for ¥60), but they’re delicate, flavoursome and worth every jiǎo.

Service is top-notch and you can watch masked chefs prepare your dumplings through sheet glass on arrival, where you can also peruse pictures of Tom Cruise giving his thumbs up. Vegetable or pricey black truffle xiǎolóngbāo options are also on offer.