The Ding Xiang Garden, originally built for the concubine of a Qing dynasty mandarin, is reserved for retired Communist Party cadres, so to peek behind the undulating dragon wall you'll need to dine here. It serves Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisine, but the real draw is the dim sum, served overlooking the pretty lawn on mornings and afternoons.
Afternoon tea is served from 2.30pm to 5pm. Service can be slow. Reserve ahead.