After sampling a swath of top rated Korean restaurants across Shanghai, in the end we returned to an old favourite. Ben Jia remains unbeatable for their terrific banchan (free cold appetisers), the buffet of fresh veggies at every table that’s so huge we’ve never seen any group finish it, juicy meats and the best jap chae (glass noodles) in town. The tastiest banchan is the fresh salad greens with soft boiled potatoes in a delectable creamy and sweet black sesame dressing. Although we’re not generally fans of beef tongue, the thin slivers here (60RMB) are superb and one of the most popular items. Don’t skip the marinated beef ribs (tiaowei niupai rou, 80RMB). Jap chae (zacai, 50RMB) is sauteed in a light sweet sauce with spinach, wood ear mushroom and carrot. Also terrific is the beef miso soup (niurou dajiang tang, 40RMB). They don’t take reservations for tables less than eight and their waiting room is perennially overflowing, while the Korean restaurant next door is usually empty – a clear sign of Ben Jia's quality.