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30 Sinan Road, near Huaihai Road; tel: 6093 2062; $
Straight out of old Kowloon, this cute 1950s-styled 'canting' churns out canto classics -
soup noodles, roast chicken, milk tea - until 2am each day. Be prepared to queue.
Cheng Cheng's Art Salon
164 Nanchang Road, near Sinan Road; tel: 6328 0602; $$
This cosy, art-filled salon is both a restaurant and a gallery, with eye-catching d├ęcor, as
might be expected. The food served is equally out-of-the-box Shanghainese and Sichuan
fare, free of MSG.
124 Jinxian Road, near Maoming Road; tel: 6256 0301; $-$$
Chun is like eating in the home of a Chinese grandmother: it has four tiny tables, and you
eat what the owner, Ms Qu, has bought fresh in the market that day. The offerings are
sweet, heavy, oily and unapologetically Shanghainese, such as snails, eel, fish and pork
ribs. There are two evening seatings, and reservations are required.
Di Shui Dong
56 Maoming Road, near Changle Road; tel: 6253 2689; $
This fiery favourite specialises in Hunan cuisine (similar to Sichuan, but less well known),
and with its rustic decor and boisterous atmosphere, really packs 'em in. The cumin-encrus-
ted ribs are the signature dish. Reserve in advance.
Ferguson Lane, 376 Wukang Road; tel: 6437 6465; ; $$$
French brasserie cuisine, such as beef tartare, confit de canard and roast chicken, that is
beautifully executed and served in a casual-chic space complete with brusque French-
speaking waiting staff.
Guyi Hunan
87 Fumin Road, near Julu Road; tel: 6249 5628; $$
This sparkling little restaurant, with its monumentally spicy food, is a good place for a lively
dinner. The dishes served up at Guyi are more refined and less oily than most of the city's
spicy offerings.
Haiku by Hatsune
28B Taojiang Road, by Hengshan Road; tel: 6445 0021; $$-$$$
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