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A meal to remember can be had at Franck on Ferguson Lane. With dark wood furnishings, jazz music in the background and a buzzing bistrot atmosphere, Franck is perfect for a date night or cosy celebration with friends. While a little pricey, French classics like beef tartare, foie gras, chacuterie platter, steak with frites are simply and well executed.


Cafelito is a small and well-lit Spanish-inspired café on a quiet road that serves excellent coffee, sandwiches and tapas. Seats are either communal or by the window bar. It’s a great choice for an afternoon rest spot for a cup of joe or pre-dinner drinks as wines by the bottle (mostly Spanish) are affordable.


Award winning Palladio at the Portman Ritz-Carlton in Jing’an serves up unparalleled Italian cuisine in a classy, opulent setting. The restaurant’s interior features its namesake Palladian arches and an exhibition kitchen with a pizza oven. Prices are on the high side not unexpected for its locale, but food quality and service are up to par.


A trip to Shanghai would not be complete without a hotpot meal, especially in winter. La Fu is an authentic Sichuan mala hotpot restaurant that is considered one of the spiciest and best in town. The soup base, ingredients and dipping sauces here are all of good quality. Try the ‘exploding beef balls’ here, a house specialty.


Vegetarians need not worry, as Chinese vegetarian restaurants are abundant in Shanghai. Godly serves up mock poultry, beef, fish and whatever you can think of in the most creative manner. Established in 1922, it is Shanghai’s oldest vegetarian restaurant and till today, still packs in the crowds. Popular dishes include “duck” and “crab roe tofu” taste almost like the real thing.


For a taste of Shanghainese cuisine in a classy setting, Su Zhe Hui is a highly regarded chain. Their menu offers a wide range of traditional Shanghainese classics served in modern presentation. You won’t go wrong with the zhang cha ya (tea smoked duck), qing chao xia ren (river shrimps), zui gao xie (wine preserved crab) and mi zhi huo fang (pork and taro in candied sauce).


As the lesser-known cousin of xiao long bao, sheng jian bao is a pork dumpling that is steamed, pan fried to a crisp on the outside and then served sprinkled with sesame seeds and spring onions. Yang’s Fry Dumplings is a cheap and popular chain around the city and is your best introduction to sheng jian baos.


If street food is not really your thing, Din Tai Fung is a popular restaurant chain from Taiwan and the branches in Shanghai have maintained a consistently high standard. In addition to the signature xiao long baos, their other dishes like zha zhu pai (deep fried pork chop), cong you ban mian (scallion oil noodles) and hong you chao shou (wantons in and chilli and vinegar) are equally delicious.


To get your spicy food fix, Yu Xin is a no-frills restaurant chain serving up authentic Sichuanese food and is incredibly popular with locals. Don’t miss classic Sichuanese dishes such as kou shui ji (saliva chicken), shui zhu yu (chilli fish), and chan zui wa (spicy bullfrog) for a tongue-numbing, fiery kick. Best washed down with bottles of iced cold Chinese beer.