Fu 1088

Housed in a three-story colonial villa from the 1930’s, this modern Shanghainese restaurant is perfect for an intimate dinner. With no outdoor signage, the antique-filled villa has transformed each of its rooms into private dining spaces, which feature simple but sophisticated furnishings like early 1900s antiques and white linen tablecloths. The cuisine, a western interpretation of Chinese classics, stays true enough to regional tastes that both locals and visitors frequent Fu 1088. Standout dishes include the drunken chicken and crab with egg white, served in an actual eggshell.

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Michael Graves designed this showstopper of a restaurant with a glamorous interior of rich velvets and dark wood to evoke the glory days of supper clubs. The menu reflects Jean-Georges’s love of classical French cooking methods and exotic flavors in dishes such as lobster tartine in a lemongrass broth with pea shoots.

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Mercato by Jean Georges

Located on the sixth floor of the famous Three on the Bund, Mercato is one of three Michelin–starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's many restaurants in Shanghai. The modern space, designed by Shanghai firm Neri&Hu, mixes reclaimed wood and leather with exposed steel, iron and glass to great effect. At the center of it all is a massive, wood-fire Italian brick oven. The food is classic Italian, with home made pastas complementing the delicious freshly baked pizzas. The views of the Bund are breathtaking.

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Food at Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant, Shanghai, China

Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant

To sample some of Shanghai’s best traditional cuisine, seek out this local haunt set by the entrance to the Yu Garden. The original location of a popular Chinese chain, this spot in Shanghai’s Old Town is famous for xiao long bao, steamed buns that are similar to dumplings. Simple in design and décor, Nanxiang is a Shanghai icon because of its cuisine, and the revered hairy crab dumplings are not to be missed.

Indagare Tip: Plan to come early; the popular eatery is packed with locals by 10:30am, so its best to plan an early breakfast before meandering through the gardens. Head to the third floor for seated dining.

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Food at Saffron, Shanghai, China


Located in a charming tree-lined side street in Shanghai’s former French Concession, Saffron serves classic Indian dishes in an elegant setting. Appetizers such as lamb samosas are addictive, while the main courses are light and delicate enough to not overwhelm. For anyone desperate for a curry, this is the best Shanghai has to offer. Don't miss Saffron’s inventive cocktails – they include the Tandoori Tequila, a delicious mix of lime, pineapple and chili.

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Finding Shintori can be difficult: it is hidden away down an unmarked doorway and an atmospheric bamboo-lined path. But the restaurant itself – situated in a converted chic warehouse – is well-worth the effort. The funky, industrial décor, made up of a sparse dining room and an open kitchen, makes this a popular choice among design-conscious diners (this is an excellent choice for a group of friends—it’s not intimate). The food, while pricey, is authentic (if slightly predictable) Japanese fare with a selection of sushi, sashimi, noodle and rice dishes.

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