During our recent trip to Shanghai, we stayed near The Bund. (That’s not advisable as the area was very touristy – more to come in a later post). Thankfully, we found a good restaurant which we visited on two separate occasions. Eating at Shanghai Grandmother Restaurant near the Bund was a pleasant experience. The food was affordable and tasty. It’s no wonder why the restaurant is popular among locals and foreigners alike.
Our first visit to the Shanghai Grandmother Restaurant near the Bund was on a weekday evening. It was Saturday at about 7.30pm. The restaurant was bustling with people. We waited for more than half an hour before getting a seat.
When we finally sat down and looked through the menu, the staff took a while to take our order. It was quite hard to get their attention, as there were fewer servers on the second floor. We ordered a good mix of vegetable and meat dishes, together with a Yang Zhou Fried Rice. The cold dishes came first while the hot dishes came shortly. We didn’t have to wait too long, as by the time we ordered, it was past 8pm and the crowd had thinned.
1. Braised pork with egg
The braised pork dish was by far the best of all the dishes we ordered, in my opinion. The pork was well-flavoured and moist. It was not too salty and would have gone well with a bowl of white rice. I thought the eggs were well marinated too and not over-cooked.
2. Cold dish: Chopped vegetables and bean curd (Highly recommended!)
This was by far the best cold dish we had. It was a simple dish of chopped up vegetables with dried bean curd. But it was the light seasoning of soy sauce and sesame oil which brought out the rich vegetable and bean curd flavours. Love the textures in this dish as well.
3. Cold dish: Lotus root with glutinous rice and chrysanthemum
I like lotus roots but this dish was a tad too sweet for my liking. The lotus roots were coated with a sweet syrup and had a hint of chrysanthemum to it. It didn’t have the crunch that lotus roots should have.
4. Cold dish: Steamed bamboo shoots with dried bean curd (tau pok)
I found this dish to be sweet and savory at the same time. I typically avoid combining sweet and salty flavours (McGriddles is a no no), but the sauce went well with the bamboo shoots and dried bean curd (tau pok).
5. Green leafy vegetables
This was an average vegetable dish. It tasted quite alright – the price is modest too.
6. Black fungus with meat
This was not bad. The black fungus had a nice crunchy texture to it.
7. Mapo Toufu
The mapo toufu was one of the other highlights of the night. The mapo tofu had sufficient spice, but was a little on the sweet side It was good to have with rice.
8. Yang Chou Fried Rice
I really liked the fried rice. It was nicely fried and wasn’t too oily or salty. Went well with the rest of the ingredients.
The total bill amounted to RMB290/ USD43/ SGD58.70 for 4 people, which I thought was very reasonable given that we ordered 8 dishes and a pot of chrysanthemum. (When I think about the RMB380 I paid for Jasmine tea in Beijing, I feel a tad pissed with myself.)
The Travelling Squid’s Take
In general, I think that Shanghainese food tends to be a little sweeter than Chinese food we have in Singapore. The food at the Shanghai Grandmother restaurant should be quite representative of what Shanghainese food is like, given its popularity with locals. It’s definitely a must-visit if you happen to be in the area visiting the Bund. Just note that they do not accept reservations during peak hours. Either come at 5pm or 8pm should you wish to avoid the crowd. (When we visited the restaurant at 3pm one afternoon, there were still several people having a meal. It’s recommended that you go at odd hours.)
Eating at Shanghai Grandmother Restaurant near the Bund (上海姥姥)
- Address: 70 Fuzhou Rd, Wai Tan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200001
- Tel: +86 21 6321 6613
- Opening hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm
- Tripadvisor site in Chinese: https://cn.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g308272-d1952354-Reviews-Shanghai_Grandmother-Shanghai.html