I usually spend all my time in Shanghai in Xuhui or Luwan. The Bund area, often overrun with tourists, is not somewhere I spend a lot of time. On my last night in Shanghai this year, I found myself with two friends wandering around the Bund at 9pm looking for a good restaurant. Unfamiliar with the area, we asked several people for recommendations, to no avail. After a long hunt, we finally ended up at the Peace Hotel and were directed by staff to their Dragon Phoenix restaurant. Having spend most of my time in more restaurants frequented by locals, I was stunned when checking out the prices. Six pan-fried dumplings will set you back 60RMB– nearly unheard of in Shanghai. I found myself wondering if the restaurant wasn’t just high-priced fare for hotel guests.
We ended up ordering just a few things– the Sichuan style dan dan noodles, pan-fried dumplings and xiao long bao. Conclusion: Amazing. The pan-fried dumplings and the Sichuan dan dan noodles were amongst the best I’ve ever had. The broth for the noodles was delicious and the noodles were cooked just right. The pan-fried dumplings were fantastic and I’ve certainly had more than a few samples in my day. With all the other fare to try in Shanghai, I don’t know how often I’ll visit. But, one day I’ll be back.
20 NanJing Road East,Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China
Lunch – Monday to Saturday, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dinner – Daily 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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