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Saturday, April 25, 2009

The 4-worst foreign restaurants in Shanghai

One of the great things about living in Shanghai is being able to experience authentic Chinese cuisine for incredibly low price. However, there are times when your palates simply need a break from the oil and spice. The good news is that Shanghai is a very international cosmopolitan - the bad news is that not only are they overpriced, they can also be disappointing. Here are top 4 worst foreign restaurants that you should shun away in Shanghai:


1) Watami - One of my ultimate cravings is Japanese food and I thought since there are so many Japanese in Shanghai then finding a decent restaurant would be easy. I was wrong. In Shanghai, sushi and sashimi is twice the price as in Japan and regular rice is substituted for Japanese rice. We have ventured a couple of places and we were never satisfied. But the biggest disappointment for me is Watami.

Location: Superbrand Mall, Luijiazui


2) TGIFridays - There is no need to thank God with the size of the servings nor the service. When I was a student in Tokyo I usually eat in TGIF once-a-week and order the appetizer for my lunch. In Shanghai, the appetizer is really good for only a few bites. Plus the taste is worst than my own cooking-slash-frying.

Location: Diplomatic Circle, #10 Hengshan Road

3. Greek Taverna (O Milos)- The first time I have ever tried Greek food in my life and I could not have been more disappointed. Carbs and flour without flavor (hey that rhymes!). The worst part is that the lamb meat tastes like goat.

Location: The Thumb Plaza, #199 Fangdian Lu


4. Baan Thai - One day, Mos was searching for the Iran consulate when he accidentally saw this restaurant and got intrigued with its ambience and architecture looking from the outside. Hence, a month after, he invited me for dinner and taste Thai food in Shanghai for the first time. We ordered Tom Ka Gai, Green Curry, Crab Cake, and two fruit shakes. The verdict - BAD!! The servings are small, the taste is not spicy enough, and the crab cakes does not taste like crab. Worst, the service is terrible, 5 women chattering while we were eating and gave us boiled tap water.

Location: 1479 Fuxing Zhong Lu








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Debbie said...

Is Watami that bad? I ate there a couple of times not sure if that is inddeed Watami and I like it except for the eel.

Valley Girl said...

Oh, man. I could've told you about TGI Friday's, hun. Its an American chain and its not even that great here.

Eeva said...

Thanks for tips! I haven't been to any of those in Shanghai.

At leats one of them you can cross of your list: TGIF has closed its doors. There is now some other American restaurant, can't recal its name. Propably not a chain, at least I haven't seen it in U.S. of A (Well, not the whole country but in Chicago-area, New York, California, Hawaii or North Carolina, anyway.)

foongpc said...

Thanks for the info. Will avoid these restaurants like the plague if I ever go Shanghai! : )

junjun said...

Will be avoiding these thanks. How about french, are there any warnings?

bluedreamer27 said...

ooops honestly im not familiar with the dishes thats why i cant commet anything bad as of this moment

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lorela said...

hey, except for the curry one, i go for the rest! yummy!

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Pinoy Daddy said...

Ooops. That's quite a bad experience. Thanks for the information. Any thoughts on good restaurants in the area?

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Geotacs said...

i guess these restaurants are set up just to make money...

i suppose this being China, i bet the cooks are all chinese and have no experience whatsoever cooking authentic foreign food...

after all China is a well known place for fakes and counterfeit goods...

Sue said...

Hope you've found better restaurants since this post. Thanks for dropping by my blog a few months back, I'm a lot behind in keeping up with it!

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John said...

ive never found a decent Japanese meal except from my brother in law who works in Hamburg yes he is Japanese and married to a Thai lady Japanese food there is just great
we dont have many places in udon thani north east Thailand but Thai food is very good also

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Anonymous said...

If you like tacos as greasy as a 1970's disco star, getting the runs, rude and surley staff and being over charged for your meal then eat at Mi Tierra on Yongja Lu. In all my time travelling, including sewage oil, this has got to be the worst food I have ever eaten! the staff forces you to buy more liquor too. if you order 2, they bring 4 and "didnt understand" you. : funny how it never happens the other way. happened 3 times one night. Never EVER eat there.

Moon Over Martinborough said...

I know exactly what you mean. Living in Japan years ago spoiled me for Japanese food. Now I'm living in New Zealand and I'm very particular about Japanese restaurants here. When you've been spoiled on the real thing, you suddenly see that so many aren't authentic.

Foodie Bugi said...

Very interesting!
We will be in Shanghai next year and I think these are places to avoid! Good reviews!

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Nico Epermarket said...

Hello nice article about the restaurant in Shanghai , I am french and very like Chinese Food... do you have an idea of a restaurant mix Chinese and french Food fusion Food. Please indicate to me ...

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