Nanling Restaurant (南伶酒家)

When I was in Shanghai recently, I asked my friend to take me to a restaurant I’ve never been to and he recommended Nanling Restaurant (南伶酒家). Apparently, its not really Shanghainese cuisine – it was something called Huaiyang Cuisine, but to be completely honest, I thought it was a combination of Shanghainese, Beijing and Sichuan Cuisine …

My friend ordered and we also asked the server to recommend some dishes to us. We were served Sheng Jian Bao (生煎包), “Lion’s Head” (獅子頭) and Plain Saute Shelled-Shrimps (清炒蝦仁) that is undeniably Shanghainese. Followed by Nanling’s famous Kao Ya (烤鴨), which I’ve always associated with Beijing Cuisine because of Quanjude’s (全聚德) reputation. The final dish of the night was “Water-boiled Beef” (水煮牛肉)! Tell me that’s not from Sichuan!

So what I learned that night was “Huaiyang Cuisine” = “Shanghai, Beijing and Sichuan Cuisine”, which is terrific. Rather than travel to different places, it was all served in one restaurant!

lol … nah, I’m sure there’s more to “Huaiyang Cuisine” than what I said, but … I’ll have to look into this 🙂 The damage for the night was RMB 300 for 3 (or RMB 100 each).

Nanling Restaurant (南伶酒家)
No. 168, Yueyang Road (near Yongjia Road; French Concession)
Shanghai, China
Tel1: +86 21 6433 0897
Tel2: +86 21 6467 7381
Opening Hours: 11:30AM-2:30PM (Lunch), 5:30-10:00PM (Dinner)

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