With the insides of 12 crabs (six female, six male), salt and a sprinkling of gold flakes, Cejerdary’s Xie Huangjin – literally ‘Crab Gold’ – is the stuff of simple and straightforward extravagance. Expect a queue.
1266 Kaixuan Lu, near Anshun Lu. 360RMB.
Stir-fried shrimp, ham and bamboo at Jiu Kuan
Perhaps Ningbo’s best-kept secret, the fried bamboo silvers in this dish are basically crack, mixed up with cured ham, shrimp, gingko nuts and a shower of sugar.
660 Yanan Xi Lu, near Jiangsu Lu. 78RMB.
Hidden under a mound of crisp, charred scallions and liberally doused in oil, the fish head at Jesse’s is a signature worth returning for – again and again.
41 Tianping Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu. 228RMB (pre-order only).
Salt, coconut water and chicken – that's the hotpot base. After you’re done cooking with it, don’t ditch the pot like you would at any other hotpot place.
1008 Second floor, Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu. 138RMB; 198RMB (whole chicken).
A mountain of tender chicken, tofu, wood ear mushrooms and green onion sits in
a thick pool of chicken stock mixed with numbing pepper oil. If you’re a numbing pepper addict, this dish is going to be the one that does you in.
106-8 Nandan Dong Lu, near Tianyaqiao Lu. 69RMB.
Wedges of flatbread are stir-fried with fatty chunks of mutton, onions, and a heavy coating of Xinjiang spice mix.
20 Yuyuan Zhi Lu, near Wulumuqi Bei Lu. 68RMB.
Taking campfire food to a whole new level, an orange-pink slab of salmon is slow- smoked over a fire pit. The result is a piece of fish that’s all sorts of succulent, smoky and just all kinds of swoonworthy.
The Cannery, Bldg 1, Room 106, 1107 Yuyuan Lu, near Jiangsu Lu. 398RMB (quarter); 788RMB (half); 1,388RMB (full).
Halibut in the josper oven at Colca
Second floor, Unit 2201, 199 Hengshan Lu, near Yongjia Lu.
LG, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, 111 Pudong Nan Lu, near Yincheng Lu. 328RMB.
1791 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Wanping Lu. 40RMB.
407 Zhaojiabang Lu, near Xiaomuqiao Lu. 18RMB.
Black truffle three cheeses and farm egg pizza at Mercato
Sixth floor, Three on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu. 218RMB.
110 Fenyang Lu, near Taiyuan Lu. Hengshan Lu. 595RMB.
Lobby Level, East Tower, Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Lu, near Wuchang Lu.238RMB (half).
181 Taicang Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu. 53RMB.
Room 106, 688 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Wuding Lu. 55RMB.
Pesto pizza at Gemma 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu. 120RMB.
Sixth-Seventh oors, 169 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near Huqiu Lu. 368RMB.