BELLAGIO AND XINTIANDI
68 Taicang Lu (太仓路68号)
I've heard the Taiwanese flock to Bellagio for a taste of their home country's food, and the restaurant is often packed with people every lunch and dinner. Set in a bright, sunlit dining room, it looks more like a western cafe than a place that serves Asian food. They have an extensive menu for their food, and another extensive menu for drinks/desserts. A tip would be to go with a group of people so you can order loads, because you'll definitely want to!
Their dishes are simple, yet hit the spot. Very tasty, served in average-to-big portions (HURRAY!) and well worth its value. I just adore places in Shanghai that charge a reasonable price for a decent quantity of good food. It's not surprising that they're bustling with diners all the time. The only downside is their utterly incompetent service. They're friendly and look efficient because they're hurrying around the place. However, NOTHING ever gets done! I asked repeatedly for water, and we also asked for chilli FIVE TIMES with FIVE DIFFERENT PEOPLE, and none arrived, leaving us reeling in disbelief. It was pretty clear to us that they would only bother serving "paid food", anything that is normally served complimentary is steadfastly ignored until you give up asking (we did, unfortunately giving them negative reinforcement).
Fortunately their food makes up for it. My favourite by far was the Dandan noodles - slippery tender noodles lounging in a creamy peanutty soup, and with the subtlest hint of spice. Absolutely delicious and great comfort food. The rest of the dishes were also well-received by all of us, and I was impressed that we didn't order a whole lot, but left satisfied.
Mango and sago drink, creamy red bean drink. Both sound weird but they were tops!
Dandan noodles - the peanut soup was divine
Fatty pork and preserved vegetables - so tasty, we gobbled this right up
Spicy wontons - ok, nothing special
Fried ribs - deliciously spicy
Noodles in tomato broth and beef - Dad liked this one!
A hilarious candid photo of us
The tree-lined street Bellagio is on
A park just down the road
Dad and I at one of the Shanghai Expo booths, they're everywhere now!
Recognise where I'm standing? It's the area where Chris and I did our pre-wedding photos
Relaxing at Paul, a French bakery in Xintiandi
A cameraphone pic of me, iced coffee, and summer-time bliss :)
Walking around Xintiandi, along with 7428752 other tourists and Chinese locals
No paparazzi shots please!