SashimiVisitors who love fresh and tasty seafood will find a grand feast in Shanghai. A large number of restaurants in the city serve seafood dishes, soup, porridge, and hot pot. The main food materials include fish, prawns, crabs, and abalones.
Cantonese cuisine restaurants scattering here and there in the city are usually good choices to taste seafood; however the prices are a little high. Want inexpensive seafood? You can go to Tongchuan Road in Putuo District of Shanghai. There is a big seafood market at this road, where you can buy fresh seafood at lower prices. Most of the restaurants there can cook them for you with only a cooking fee of about CNY 10.
Shanghai's biggest fish market
The 24-hour Tongchuan Road fish market can get particularly crowded on summer nights, especially when there's football on television and cold beers are being served.
Be careful as you shop. Sometimes you might have to check the weight of your chosen fish a few times before paying your money and taking the fish away. Some of the stallholders have been known to play with their scales even with Shang-hainese. So if you are not Shanghainese be careful.
Choose your fish and shellfish carefully. Look carefully at the fish, make sure it is alive, that its flesh is well colored and firm, that there are no scars or marks and that the eyes are clear. For clams, take them out of the water and make sure the shells close quickly.
Local favorite seafoods are long, sharp razor clams (chun zi), fat sea scallops (shan bei), and ribbon fish (dai yu), all available for under 40 yuan a kilogram.
Afterwards, take your haul to Xin Jiulong Tang, the seafood kitchen joint right on Tongchuan Road near Caoyang Road, where they will turn your live charges into tasty dishes. Usually the eatery charges by weight. Transforming ribbon fish into luscious red-glazed bite-sized pieces costs 10 yuan for about half a kilogram. Scallops can be steamed for just 2 yuan per piece.
Tongchuan Road Shanghai Fish Market Add: Tongchuan Road, near Caoyang Road, Putuo district Xin Jiulong Tang Add: 920 Tongchuan Road, Putuo district
Facing the lure of delicious seafood, you'd better not be too gluttonous. Watch your health to keep from an allergy.
Recommended Seafood Restaurants:
Minghao Seafood 名豪鱼翅海鲜 (míng háo yú chì hǎi xiān) Dry-Braised Prawn Specialties: This is a high-class restaurant in Shanghai. The dining environment and the services are all excellent. Abalone is the signature dishe, and the price is a little high. Average cost per person: CNY 500 - 1000 Pudong Branch: Accessory Building, Puxiang Business Plaza, No. 1600, Century Avenue, Pudong New Area (near Pudian Road) Operating Hours: 10:00 - 21:00
Jing'an Branch: Wise Logic, No. 66, North Shaanxi Road, Jing'an District Operating Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
Chnagning Branch: No. 3883, North Hongmei Road, Minhang District (near West Yan'an Road) Operating Hours: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:30
Han Tong 汉通 (hàn tōng) Specialties: It features the authentic flavor of Ningbo in Zhejiang Province. The dishes here are extremely fresh and tasty. Operating Hours: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 21:00 Average cost per person: CNY 100 - 200
Huashan Branch: B1F, Hilton Hotel, No. 250, Huashan Road, Jing'an District West Huaihai Road Branch: No. 215, West Huaihai Road, Changning District (near Panyu Road) Jiangwan Branch: No. 428, Yixian Road, Hongkou District (near Wan'an Road) Shangnan Branch: No. 3025-3027, Shangnan Road, Pudong New Area (near Yangsi Road)
Fook Lam Moon 福临门海鲜酒家 (fú lín mén yú chì hǎi xiān jiǔ jiā) Sautéed Scallops with MushroomSpecialties: Fook Lam Moon is a renowned chain restaurant from Hong Kong. It boasts the best Hong Kong dim sums in Shanghai. Facing the Huangpu River, it serves an advantaged place to view the scenery. The service is good; however 15% service fee is charged. Address: 2F, Shangri-La Hotel, No. 33, Fucheng Road, Pudong New Area Operating Hours: 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30 Average cost per person: CNY 500 - 1200
Zhen De Hao Seafood 真的好海鲜 (zhēn de hǎo hǎi xiān) Specialties: It is a Taiwanese restaurant serving delicate dishes. The abalone, steamed fish and French braised prawn are recommended. Average cost per person: CNY 300 - 600
Xin Tian Di Branch: House 1, South Block, Xin Tian Di, Lane 123, Xingye Road, Huangpu District Operating Hours: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
Harbour Plaza 海逸海鲜酒家 (hǎi yì hǎi xiān jiǔ jiā) Specialties: This exquisitely decorated restaurant serves excellent seafood, including fish and shrimps. The Chinese tea and various snacks are also worth trying. Address: No. 2635, West Yan'an Road, Changning District (near South Shuicheng Road) Operating Hours: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 21:30 Average cost per person: CNY 100 - 300
Tainan Tan Tzu Mien Seafood 台南担仔面海鲜酒楼 (tái nán dàn zǎi miàn hǎi xiān jiǔ lóu) Specialties: It is decorated like a magnificent palace. The silver table wares are imported from Italy, France, and Britain. Seafood such as lobster and abalone is the mainstream. The last dish in a set menu is the special Tan Tzu Mien Noodles of south Taiwan. Address: 1-4F, Shanghai Exhibition Center, No. 1333, West Nanjing Road, Jing'an District Operating Hours: 11:30 - 22:30 Average cost per person: CNY 350 - 500
Shu You 舒友 (shū yǒu) Specialties: This is a chain restaurant from Xiamen of Fujian Province. Fresh seafood makes the main dishes. The dining environment and services here are excellent. Chinese Kungfu Tea is offered free of charge. Operating Hours: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:30 Average cost per person: CNY 100 - 200
Jing'an Branch: 4F, Shanghai China Merchants Plaza, No, 333, North Chengdu Road, Jing'an District (near Weihai Road) Changning Branch: No. 2399, Hongqiao Road, Changning District (near Hongjing Road) Putuo Branch: No. 1286, Jiangning Road, Putuo District (near Aomen Road) Zhabei Branch: No. 437, East Luochuan Road, Zhabei District (near Gonghe Xin Road)