复兴汇 Fuxinghui [Shanghai]

Fuxinghui is fine dining establishment that specializes in Shanghainese cuisine. Located near the heart of the bustling HuaiHai Middle road, Fuxinghui offers up some an intimate dining experience.

As you walk in the converted courtyard, you see off to the left the main dining room, which can be used for private events. There’s a shallow moat, which presents serenity dining in this metropolis. I like how the restaurant appears to be one with nature with the large bay windows exposing the trees all around.

Tonight, our group, of two tables, had the best that Fuxinghui had to offer of Shanghai cuisine. At the top of any Shanghainese restaurant, is the Hong Shau Rou – translated into red pork meat, 紅燒肉, which the dish can be seen as sweet red fatty braised pork. Any restaurant claiming to be Shanghainese will have Hong Shau Rou . . .and Fuxinghui was no different. Most of the time, you’ll find some soy sauced hard boiled eggs dipped in the rich sweet syrup sauce, which I like. Fuxinghui’s presentation was not as tender as others I’ve had, yet this tougher texture was somewhat appealing. Sometimes, you want the proteins you eat to have a little toughness, not completely fall of the bone tenderness. Served in a large cauldron, you’d find large cubed sized pork with fat and skin slowly braised together. But, I realize the the 2 big ingredients in this classic dish – are lots of soy sauce and lots of sugar . . . A friend recently told me that he no longer enjoys this dish, for that reason. Yet, I will still gobble up all I can when it is available.

Shanghai cuisine is typically heavy with sauce and sweet in flavor and Fuxinghui dishes had both. The roasted fish had elements of sweetness that I wasn’t too fond of. Personally, I liked the green beans, the roasted duck, and diced soy strips in yellow sauce (sorry I don’t remember the name).

I enjoy the Ambiance, more so than other Shanghainese restaurants – such as Jesse and Fu 1088. But the food and taste was nothing more than ordinary. The presentation was nice with each dish featuring a unique style.

Rating
2 Pigs
Price Range 3 $/¥/NT

复兴汇
上海复兴中路1479号近淮海中路 +86 21 6433 6955

Fuxinghui Shanghai
1479 Middle Fuxing Road, by Huaihai Road, Shanghai +86 21 6433 6955

Fu 1088 福一零八八 [Shanghai]

Translated as Blessing 1088, 福一零八八 or also known as Fu 1088 is fine Shanghainese dining at its best. In the popular Jingan District, you won’t find a flashy sign, nor large crowds, yet this unassuming location features a great atmosphere for groups.

In a renovated early 1900′s mansion, Fu 1088 has taken this unique space to feature multiple private dining rooms. There’s a large main dinning floor on the 1st floor. In addition, there’s at least 3 or floor floors in the restaurant – with each floor having 3 or 4 private dining rooms. Fine dining in China, almost always requires a private room. I think in the US, patrons enjoy to people watch.

Another thing about Chinese dining . . . its always good to have a large group so you can order many different dishes. It doesn’t make sense to have a small group of 4 or less, with 4 dishes or so. With at least 8 people, you can order lots of little dishes and try many things. I know when I went to eat Chinese food in the states, with a friend or a date, we always tended to over order to try many things. And we ended up finishing less than half the meal.

Tonight, our group of 8, got order many dishes. Fu 1088 presented the a typical Shanghai fried fish in stacks piled up high. I thought this was a great take on a usually boring dish. We then had another fish dish, which was steamed with a thick sweet sauce. I could do without the thick and sweet sauce, a trait that makes Shanghainese food famous or infamous for.

Almost every Shanghainese meal I’ve had, always included the famous braised sweet pork. Tonight was no different, since I am a big fan of anything pig . . . It was presented in a dark reddish glaze over the clear fat. You knew that you would be entering mouth ecstasy of this magnificent dish. As the lazy susan rotated to me, I almost couldn’t hold it in as I watched everyone juggle the jiggling pork fat with their chopsticks. But the ambiance at Fu 1088, almost demanded proper etiquette.

What to Order: Braised Pork
What not to Order:

Rating
2 Pigs
Price Range 3 $/¥/NT

福一零八八
上海静安区镇宁路375号(愚园路口)+86 21-52397878