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“Expect Long Waits”

ShangHai GuYi Xiang WeiNong (FuMin)
Ranked #153 of 17,331 Restaurants in Shanghai
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Former French Concession
Reviewed 24 May 2014

The restaurant doesn't take dinner reservations and we were put on a standby list instead. We arrived at about 7pm but still had to wait for about 45 minutes. As far as ambience goes, the restaurant itself is modern and clean but otherwise cramped (we were dining elbow to elbow with the people beside us) and smelled. The doors to the kitchen were left open the whole time we were there and the whole restaurant ended up smelling quite unpleasant.

We've never had Hunan food before but thought the food here was pretty good compared with the other cuisines we've had in Mainland China. The dark-sauce pork belly with eggs and pork ribs are great choices. Be prepared for extra spicy but slightly sweet fare. Service is very average and our teapot was never filled up despite constant reminders.

Would I return? Probably, but only if I am seated immediately and am here with friends who want to dine here. Otherwise, Guyi is not worth the wait. I've had better meals in Shanghai.

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Thank Mei L
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We were recommended this place by a Frenchman at the China Art Museum ( bless his soul, we were fed up of oily street food by now ) and this proved to be a gem! Very lively atmosphere and a very cosmopolitan clientele , great dishes with lots of chillis,the only disappointing dish being the salt egg prawn, which was delicious but every other 'prawn' wasn't a prawn, it was a ?turnip? In batter!
We both ate for forty pounds which was very good value for the amount we ate! And they served till quite late which was unusual in Shanghai
Seriously recommended

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Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

Pigs Feet was really tender and tastefully done well. The flavoring was well put together. The fish & clams was great as well. But be careful for the small bones in the fish.. Highly Recommended

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Reviewed 22 March 2014

It took about half an hour for the first item we ordered to arrive which seemed excessive. The other two items arrived at 15 minute intervals after that.
The Farmers Hotpot meat was ok but if it wasn't for all the chillis would have been bland. The duck hot pot was very chewy.
The place was very crowded (Saturday night) and it was certainly very competitively priced considering the nice table cloths, high level of service although it is a shame that when a table is cleared the waiters arrive with a washing bowl to take everything away.
All in all we had a filling but not very special meal.

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Thank ShropshireOldfart
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

We went to the branch at IFC mall, because it was the closest one to get to on the Metro. It was lateish (8pm) so we didn't have to wait for a table. Service was smart and fast and extremely friendly.

As others have said, the cumin ribs are to die for. A must order. We also had some duck hotpot, a boiled egg curry (delicious and I am going to try this at home), the most amazing fish dish (can't remember which variety) 3 whole small fish, lightly fried and unbelievably spiced. So fresh, We also tried their dumplings (good, steamed and filled with more vegies than the Shanghainese vareity) and some fried rice, Hunan style, which was lighter and greener than the others we had tried around town, filled with chunks of preserved pork...yum! They were a bit gobsmacked by how much food we ordered (you have to, if you want to try as many things as possible) but we ate most of it! Definitely would go back there in a heartbeat.

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1  Thank Linda C
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