Fu He Hui * – Shanghai, China

Part of the acclaimed Fu group and a rising star on on Asia’s 50 Best list, Fu He Hui (‘Fortune and Intelligence’) was to me an enigma shrouded in mystery. Coming in at no. 18 on the list in 2016, the vegetarian Shanghainese restaurant of the Fu group keeps the secrets of it’s success close to it’s chest. No website, no online menu…let’s just say… Read More

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Botanist – Shanghai, China

  When we arrived to take our seat at the bar, Botanist was abuzz with local cocktail connoisseurs checking out what Shanghai’s newest purveyor has to offer. Let me tell you – Shanghai knows a thing or two about cocktails, and takes it’s mixed concoctions very, very seriously. Botanist is a prime example of this, with a very lengthy, very complex cocktail menu that takes some… Read More

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The Commune Social – Shanghai, China

With this being my second trip to Shanghai, I knew I couldn’t depart the city again without sampling one of the local outposts of Jason Atherton’s global restaurant empire. Having attended the soft launch of Jason’s Dubai venue, Marina Social, I had pretty high expectations for what The Commune Social would be dishing up. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. Definitely a relaxed affair, The Commune Social… Read More

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8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana – Shanghai, China

The sister restaurant of the three Michelin starred Hong Kong venue of the same name, Otto e Mezzo kept popping up on my Shanghai to do list. As I’d skipped the HK version on my last visit, I was eager to take the opportunity to try the Shanghai incarnation – so I snuck in a visit enroute to my flight home to Dubai. This meant… Read More


Din Tai Fung – World Financial Centre, Shanghai, China

  For those of you who are new to DTF – let me tell you, it’s an obsession. From your first bamboo steamer of Xiao Long Bao, (or XLB) – you’ll be hooked. These delicate parcels of meat and soup broth are like manna from heaven. Add the requisite ginger, soy and vinegar dipping mix and they are truly one of life’s pleasures. If… Read More


Lost Heaven – Shanghai, China

Situated in a lovely yet unassuming villa set amongst what seems like bridal parlour alley, we eagerly descended upon Lost Heaven Shanghai, ravenous and ready to experience delicious Yunnan food. Lost Heaven specializes in ‘Yunnan Folk Cuisine’ – according to the internet, it features influences from Mongolian, Tibetan, Szechuan and Northern Thai cuisines. To my tastebuds, Thai/Chinese fusion really sums up the flavours on offer here. This beautiful… Read More


HaiDiLao Hotpot – Shanghai, China

HaiDiLao Hotpot – a chain often talked about as you can get manicures, massages and play board games while you wait for a table. Sadly we got a table straight away…the only time in my life where I will say that was a shame! We ventured to the HaiDiLao branch near Tianzifang as we planned to do some shopping there (cool place, but we… Read More


El Willy – Shanghai, China

Spanish food in Shanghai? WTF you might say, well I did! No matter how many times this place popped up in recommendations, I put it to the bottom of my list. Finding myself with a solo dining day to spare and running out of places to try, I figured why not give El Willy a go. Recently El Willy (the flagship of the group,… Read More


Late Night Street Noodles – Shanghai, China

Now, this is one I can’t give you an address for….it’s a chance-upon-it kinda thing. But that’s what makes it even better, right? We came back from a night out in need of wine…#travellerproblems. Despite it being about 2 degrees and raining, we decided we’d go out for a stroll to find the nearest Family Mart – they sell wine! Unsurprisingly, you’ll find Jacob’s… Read More

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Yang’s (Fry) Dumplings – Shanghai, China

Yang’s Dumplings. A must visit. It’s pretty much the McDonald’s of Shanghai, but instead of burgers they serve the iconic Shanghainese soup dumpling, the shengjianbao. Local name 上海小杨生煎(黄河路店) Local address 黄浦区黄河路97号 Yellow trays, plastic booth seating, and no toilets. Doesn’t sound like something you’d go out of your way for – and well, you won’t have to go too far, as there are several dotted around… Read More


Jia Jia Tang Bao – Shanghai, China

Jia Jia Tang Bao is a name that pops up again and again in lists of Shanghai’s best Xiao Long Bao – though this seems a subject of much passionate debate. Local name 上海佳家汤包(黄河路店) Huanghe Lu (Near Nanjing Xilu). Local address 黄浦区黄河路90号 Jia Jia Tang Bao is a small, no-frills local eatery that serves only XLB. No fancy tables, menus or decor here – get in, eat the good stuff,… Read More