Lan Xin 兰心餐厅 – Shanghai

This time, I found another famous hole-in-the-wall authentic Shanghainese restaurant, Lan Xin 兰心餐厅.  Apparently, it’s a favourite of Faye Wong, the uber famous Chinese songstress.  It’s located down the road from Hai Jin Zi 海金滋….Jinxian Lu is becoming a hipster/foodie street in Shanghai!

It’s pretty interesting to see all the expensive European cars drive up to Lan Xin, roll down the windows, and request to be on the waiting list.

There’s only 6 tiny tables inside on the ground floor but when it gets too busy, they open up their home on the 2nd floor!

steamed clams… slightly overcooked

hongshao rou… this was so good we had to order another dish!  The pork was so tender and the sauce was so flavourful.  This version has green peppers, which gave the sauce a bit of a sweet peppery kick.

jiang ya (braised duck leg)……the duck wasn’t fatty so it was kind of tough.  I thought this dish was served cold intentionally but then I realized that they cooked it a while back…….

you bao xia (pan fried river shimps)…this was cold too…. such a disappointment…

ganshao chang yu (fried pomfret in spicy sauce)…. pretty delicious!

yendu xian (soup with bamboo shoots, knots of pressed tofu, salted ham, and fresh pork)……


The restaurant only gets a so-so on my list… even though the food tasted really good and was flavourful, some dishes were served cold 😦


Lan Xin 兰心餐厅

130 Jinxian Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu 进贤路130号,近茂名南路

+86 21 6253 3554


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