Hai Di Lao, Hongkou

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Hot Pot
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Sichuan
269 Haining Lu
This ever-packed Sichuan-style hotpot chain is rightly legendary for its service, which involves everything from free shoe shines and manicures while you wait (and you will wait) to noodles that come with a kung fu performance. So it's easy to forget how good the hotpot actually tastes - from the specialty beef balls (39RMB) and mutton coils (36RMB) to streaky pork (32RMB), scallops (30RMB), oysters (32RMB) and special mushrooms, it's all fresh and top quality. The fact that the lime-green-uniformed waitstaff treat you like kings as they serve it up is what makes it a genuinely entertaining evening.

Good for: Over-the-top service and overall fun factor
Venue name: Hai Di Lao, Hongkou
Opening hours: 10.30am-1am daily
Metro: Hailun Lu
English address: Second Floor, 269 Haining Lu, near Wusong Lu, Minhang district
Chinese address: 虹口区海宁路269号2楼,近吴淞路