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Guyi Hunan, Shanghai

Wow – this post is definitely overdue. It’s from my trip to Shanghai about a couple of months ago. I was researching for places to eat in Shanghai, and Guyi Hunan came up a couple of times. We stumbled across it whilst shopping and thought it was a sign and decided to dine here. Even though it was 5.30pm, the place was already busy with diners – I have heard that you have to go early, otherwise you might have to wait for a while.

I remembered the restaurant being cold, and the waitress offered me a blanket which was nice! Think she thought Dragon might have been cold also! It was noisy though, but the overall décor was simple and nice. The menu was a thick book with fancy pictures which I like – it’s always nice to see pictures when ordering food.

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We started with some salted peanuts and pickled radish.

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the pipis with XO sauce – wow, these were fantastic. The pipis were fresh and chili gave it that nice kick. From memory, ‘The Mother’ ate almost the whole plate! He really enjoyed it.

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We couldn’t go past the duck which was swimming in big chunks of chili! It was spicy, seriously spicy but the duck was incredibly tender that it just fell off the bone.

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Last but not least – my favourite – pork belly. WOW! The pork belly was so tender that it just melted in my mouth. The sauce was sweet but not sickly rich, and I couldn’t help but eat most of it.

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Service was good, very tentative, and food came relatively quickly. I have to say, I was rather impressed and wouldn’t mind dining here again next time I am in Shanghai. Would definitely love to try their other dishes! The frog legs sounded interesting also.

It was a good albeit short trip to Shanghai, both ‘The Mother’ and Dragon enjoyed themselves – no doubt we will be back again either for work or leisure.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Guyi Hunan Restaurant

89 Fumin Lu

Shanghai

Ph: +86 21 6249 5628

Tea and Steamed Buns, Shanghai

One evening we were looking for a place to eat and we stumbled across Tea and Steamed Buns which is very close to our hotel on Tian Yao Qiao Road in Shanghai. It was quiet by the time we dined, it was about 8pm and there weren’t many people there. However, the next day when we walked past we did notice how busy the place was – a good sign perhaps?

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We started with silken tofu – it was served cold but the tofu was silky smooth and the sauce had a hint of chili which gave it a nice kick.

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the xiao long bao – one of his favourites. I was surprised that we didn’t eat more dumplings in Shanghai – these were the only xiao long bao that we had. I remembered during our honeymoon, when we went to Shanghai, every single meal consisted of some sort of dumplings. These little babies were good but ‘The Mother’ still preferred the one at Din Tai Fung.

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We couldn’t go past the chicken – half a chicken – they were good, however, I found the sauce a little salty which was a shame.

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Last but not least, and probably most important – vegetables.

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Service minimal, food was scrumptious and came out relatively quickly. Definitely wouldn’t mind coming back here and try their other dishes.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Tea and Steamed Buns

First floor of Ascendas Plaza

No. 323 Tianyaoqiao Road

Xuhui District

Shanghai(near East Nandan Road) ZIP:200030

Origin Cafe, Shanghai

Another Shanghai post which is a little overdue 🙂

‘The Mother’, Dragon and I had a stroll at Tian Zi Fang, a pretty cool labyrinthine alleyways that has lots of arts and crafts stores, coffee shops and trendy art studios. We had a great time walking around, and looking at the stores, a must visit if you are ever in Shanghai.

We, more like I was hungry and thought we would get some lunch and ‘The Mother’ suggested we go to Origin café, which can be found amongst the maze of lanes between Taikang road and Jianguo road. Origin serves healthy, home cooked dishes with a focus on organic, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients.

Started with some refreshing fresh juices, it was a rather warm day and silly us didn’t bring the pram so had to carry our 7.5kgs Dragon around – it was tiring and a work out on its own.

I was starving; I didn’t really have any breakfast and wanted eggs so opt for their organic egg, mushroom, sausages, potatoes with a side of bacon (yes I couldn’t resist!). The eggs and sausages were great, the bacon I found too dry, it was cooked until it was crisp and hard, not the way I like it. Overall it wasn’t too bad, but definitely can find something better in Surry Hills, Sydney – yes I am missing my old hood!

‘The Mother’ wasn’t overly too hungry, so ordered a small ball of vegetables and picked at my food!

Service was appalling, it was slow and it took a good 45 minutes for our food to arrive. When we asked for the bill, it took another 30 mins that ‘The Mother’ was ready to give up and just walk out the door. The café was busy but I don’t think anyone should have to wait 45 minutes for their food. Food was alright, definitely not worth the wait.

As we strolled around, I noticed a Popsicle stand – it claims ‘Shanghai traditional Popsicle  and I couldn’t help but get myself one. Flavours were – mung bean, red bean, and 3 other ones which I can’t remember. I opt for mung bean and it was deliciously refreshing!

I haven’t posted a lot of photos of Dragon on this blog, however, here is Dragon asking if she can have some! No Dragon, you are not quite ready for it.

The Popsicle was tasty, I probably should have gotten two and tried different flavours. Will definitely be back next time I am in Shanghai.

GA’s rating on Origin: 5 / 10

Origin Cafe

House 39, Lane 155 JianGuo C. Rd.(near RuiJin Rd.)

Shanghai, China

Ph: +86 1592 1832 324

Mr and Mrs Bund, Shanghai, China

I was traveling to Shanghai for work, and thought I would spend the weekend prior to a busy week of meetings with ‘The Mother’ and Dragon. We had a great time, walking around, shopping, and eating. Even though it was a little bit of a hassle bringing Dragon, she definitely had a great time and I would definitely travel again with her. One of the restaurants I wanted to try was Mr and Mrs Bund. So as soon as we landed in Shanghai and checked into our hotel, we went to The Bund, to Mr and Mrs Bund.

Located on the Bund, Mr and Mrs Bund is a French restaurant from Paul Pairet, which was opened in 2009. It is a contemporary French cuisine with flair and tradition. I love the high ceiling, the plush furniture and the roof deck which has an amazing view of the bund.

The place was relatively quiet on a Friday afternoon; they offer diners lunch sets, 2 or 3 courses for 200hkd or 300 hkd. We were seated immediately and was promptly served with a bread basket which was warm, fresh with crispy exterior and tuna mousse and butter. The tuna mousse had lots of flavour and was delightful but I really do prefer my bread with just butter.

We thought we would get 2 courses each, ‘TheMother’ entrée and main and I, main and dessert. We started with the beef carpaccio, it was good but I thought the cuts of meat were too thick, making it a little chewy. Regardless, it was still quite tasty.

For main, I couldn’t go pas the pork cutlet which was served with apple, croutons, and capers. The pork was incredibly tender; and I have always loved the apple and pork combination.

‘The Mother’ opt for the steak with béarnaise sauce and fries. The steak was cooked to perfection, medium rare, and was melt-in-your mouth tender.

The shoe string fries we both enjoyed.

For dessert, we shared the pomelo which was served with Thai lime and pop rocks!

I never thought that pomelo would go with pop rocks but it did and it was fantastic! I can’t remember the last time I had pop rocks and I loved how it just crackled in my mouth!

Service was fantastic and food was great. Pity it was a little over cast, I am sure the scenery would have been better if it was sunnier. Mr and Mrs Bund won five awards – two Best French, one Best Newcomer, one Best Restaurant runner-up and Restaurant of the year in 2011. Definitely worth going if you haven’t been.

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Mr and Mrs Bund

Bund 18, 6/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Nanjing Dong Lu)

Shanghai 200002

Shanghai China