Stepping into this cozy, perpetually crowded dining room is like stepping into a Shanghailander's house during a rowdy game of transcontinental mahjong--the delectable local fare attract expats, local and tourists alike (all with cameras to document their crowded, but delectable dinner). Whether you're craving the eight treasure roast duck, complex wine marinated crab, or the heavenly sweet, sticky red dates filled with glutinous rice, this restaurant has it, and does it better than (almost) everyone else in town.
An old school Shanghai staple
For a quality, mid-range Shanghainese meal, Jesse is a must-try. Stepping into this cozy, perpetually crowded dining room is like walking into a Shanghailander's house during a rowdy game of transcontinental mahjong. The local fare attracts expats, locals, tourists (all with cameras to document their crowded, but delectable dinner) and celebrities too—even Jackie Chan has tasted their hongshaorou. Unlike most Shanghainese joints, the food is so clean and crisp that you’d be forgiven for thinking oil was missing altogether. The dried beancurd with parsley is perfectly balanced with tofu so meaty you’ll consider going vegetarian. The fried prawn and chicken with chili is a highlight, with the biggest and juiciest prawns we’ve had at that price. Other popular dishes include the eight treasure roast duck, soy sauce stewed pork and the complex wine-marinated crab—they do those staples better than just about everyone else. But don’t leave without trying a sweet appetizer of jujubes (red dates) stuffed with glutinous rice. Each glossy, piping-hot jujube is filled with a fresh morsel of rice cake. The rich, earthy dates combined with the satisfying chewiness of pure white rice cake are thoroughly delicious and quite addictive.
Find it: 41 Tianping Lu 天平路41号, Tel: 6282-9260
41 Tianping Lu, near Huaihai Lu, Metro Line 1 Xujiahui Station
天平路41号, 近淮海路, 地铁1号线徐家汇站
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