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“Great Sichuan food”

ShangHai YuXinChuanCai (HuaSheng)
Ranked #264 of 16,925 Restaurants in Shanghai
Price range: US$0 - US$15
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: People’s Square
Singapore, Singapore
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100 reviews
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“Great Sichuan food”
Reviewed 20 April 2013

I have eaten here twice now - originally at the recommendation of a local. It dishes up great Sichuan food at very reasonable prices by Shanghai standards - way better food than other more highly regarded (by expats and foreigners at least) Sichuan restaurants in the area.

But you come here for the food alone, and if you're a non smoker, have to make sure you get a table away from smokers. The restaurant itself, on the 3rd floor of an office building, about 10 minutes from People's Square, doesn't really have much character or atmosphere and is a labyrinth of corridors and rooms with tables in booths across from each other - the waiters and waitresses tend to stand by and watch your every move.

So come here for great food and terrific value, but not for atmosphere or fun. By 8.30pm on a Saturday night the place had almost emptied out.

  • Visited April 2013
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Shanghai, China
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“Best Sichuan Food in Shanghai”
Reviewed 25 January 2013

You can find this restaurant by taking the line 2 metro to East Nanjing Road and take the Exit 4. On your left side will be the restaurant entrance clearly visible. This is truly authentic Sichuan food with great atmosphere and very reasonable price. You will see many locals eating there and the place is packed after 6 p.m. We tried the duck, fish and chicken along with a noodle and they were all exceptional. The food is very spicy and the sichuan peppercorn will make your lips go numb for a while. But for anyone who can handle spicy food, this is a must go to restaurant. Service was fast and efficient too. Highly recommended.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank ImranSaif
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Oslo, Norway
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“Surprisingly good food”
Reviewed 14 January 2013

We had duck with some sort of dumplings on the side, and it's one of the best meals we've had in Shanghai. We were the only foreigners eating at this place, and the restaurant was filled with locals, wich is usually a good sign. It's also reasonably priced food - great value for money.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Enits
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New York
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104 reviews
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“This Is Why You Go to China”
Reviewed 26 July 2012

This place is located on the third floor rear of an office building. It is a little hard to find, as the house numbers on the street are unevenly spaced and the signs are small. Just inside the entrance there is a huge display of shark's fins in a glass case.

Our lunch here turned out to be our best meal in Shanghai and one of our most memorable meals ever. The food was interesting, wholly flavorful, and artfully presented without being pretentious. Dried Bean Curd ( 16 yuan) was stacked like logs and tea-stained like marble with little mild peppercorns laced throughout. Dry, a little chewy, a nice snack to start. Black Fungus (15 yuan), served cold, was fabulous. It was habit forming. It sat in a flavored broth with little shreds of green and red pepper. Delicate, slimy, tasty, and mildly chewy. Shaoxing Leg Muscles (beef tendons, 68 yuan) were soft and very intensely flavored. There was ground beef on top and bean sprouts underneath, surrounded by a wreath of baby bok choy, in a reddish broth with oil that had a little kick. A really satisfying and interesting dish. Yuxin Braised Tofu with Vegetables (38 yuan) was poured as a hot liquid from a metal coffeepot, then covered to sit at the table and set. It was then served with chives, soybeans, pickled minced vegetables, hot sauce, and sticky soy sauce to garnish to taste. It had the consistency of soft custard, real comfort food! We decided to order a curious-seeming dish, Clam Stewed in Coconut Milk (38 yuan), how weird is that? Mystery solved when it came as our dessert. The “clams” were actually a soft tapioca-like pasta in thin sweet coconut broth, and very satisfying indeed.

The surreal element of the day was the nonstop repetition of “California Dreamin’” over the sound system, a disco arrangement sung in English, during our entire stay (nearly an hour). Service was prompt, correct, cold, and high-tech. We admired the efficiency of the server ordering our dishes by number on a wireless transmitter. Especially when the first two dishes arrived at the table while she was still taking our order.

The bill for two with beer was 247 yuan or $38.

  • Visited October 2011
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4 Thank DancerGuy
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Hangzhou, China
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“Best real Sichuan food in Shanghai”
Reviewed 8 July 2012

Yu xin has several locations. I do normally only visit the branch at Weihai road / Cheng du road corner. Same branch as previous review in German has been written. When I am in Shanghai Yu xin is the best place for Sichuan food.

Let's have the pros and cons of this authentic sichuan restaurant.

The pros
-Food is very spicy (not tuned down for local taste)
-Quality of meat, vegetables & fish is rather good
-Price level is reasonable (3 people can eat ok for RMB 200 + alcohol/drinks on top of this)
-Their bull frog is best in China, simply awesome (they use big frogs, so you get juicy meaty pieces vs. bones)
-Their pepper chicken (picture enclosed) is perhaps spiciest Sichuan food I have ever eaten
-Fuqi fei pian (cow lungs served cold) is superbly tasty
Service is good (but during evening gets worse)
-You do not have too many foreigners there

The cons
-They do not take bookings after 6pm
-It is hard to get any ok table, if you come here later during weekends

I would strongly recommend this restaurant, if you wish to eat authentic Sichuan food. Full stars for food. Beware, some of their food is super spicy. It is better to go there early, book table at 6pm.

  • Visited May 2012
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4 Thank Abramis
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