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Japanese treats and cutting-edge decor on one of the old Concession's most charming
cobbled streets, surrounded by a wealth of after-dinner drinking options. The fusion-inspired
sushi is bold and original.
Hengshan Café
308 Hengshan Road; tel: 6471 7127; $
This clean, well-lit café features a light, friendly selection of Cantonese and Shanghainese
comfort dishes. Start with some barbecue pork or roast duck, and continue with the 'tiger-
striped' chilli peppers, stewed ribs, steamed fish and crispy stir-fried vegetables.
Jesse Restaurant
41 Tianping Road, near Huaihai Middle Road; tel: 6282 9260; $$
This charming hole in the wall serves some of the tastiest Shanghainese food in town - red-
cooked pork ribs, stir-fried vegetables, steamed fish - as evidenced by the clusters of
hungry people waiting outside. A precursor to the fancier Xin Ji Shi restaurants, it is small,
plain and unpretentious, but it really is one of the best.
Madison & Madi's
Bldg 2, 3 Fenyang Road; 6437 0136; $$-$$$
Bright and airy dining room filled with happy people chowing down on 'casual fine-dining
American' fare by young American-Chinese chef-owner Austin Hu. The adjacent café-res-
taurant Madi's is a great spot for a relaxed brunch or lunch while exploring the French Con-
cession (for more information, click here ) . The duck fat disco fries are awesome.
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