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“Dinner in a train ... with service to match”

ShangHai LaoZhan (CaoXi North Road)
Ranked #310 of 16,964 Restaurants in Shanghai
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Gubei / Hongqiao / Minhang
Fleet, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Dinner in a train ... with service to match”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

A large Shanghaiese restaurant with a twist. You can (if you book) eat in two old railway carriages. They are plenty large enough for a group dinner and have some interesting history stuff. A nice idea if you want a private room. The food is good, but not great. However the service is a bit British Rail - nothing offensive, but a bit 'take it or leave it'.

Visited June 2014
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Shanghai
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Good”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Had a nice experience there with friends last week. The restaurant entrance is through an old convent and we were lucky to be seated in one of the train wagons situated behind the convent. Most of the times - in restaurants with these kind of themes - the food can be disappointing. However we were surprised by the authenticity of the dishes and all in all like them all. Service however leaves to be desired and was your typical - large Chinese Restaurant style - uninterested. Shame as with a bit more on the ball service, the dining experience would have been outstanding.

  • Visited April 2014
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Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Fashion in Nostalgia”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

This is the promotion theme of the restaurant which, by and large, is an appropriate reflection of what can be expected of this fashionable place located in the heart of the busy Xujiahui district in Shanghai. As it's the trend these days in Shanghai and elsewhere in China, historic buildings like this one - a convent in olden days - are converted into modern establishments to enjoy the reminiscence of the past. As one enters into the premises, one cannot but be struck by the long corridor with the aged floral tiled floor and pictures and artifacts of old Shanghai hanging on the walls, and dark rosewood furniture along the way. T

We enjoyed the privacy of dinner in a majestic banquet room overlooking the garden where two old carriages once used by the Empress Cixi of the Qing Dynasty and Madam Song Xin-ling (wife of the founder of modern China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen) were displayed. With some 20 of us seated at a huge round table surrounded by ornamental dark wooden panels and carvings, you felt like knights of the round table dining in the solemnity of an ancient castle.

The food is authentic Shanghainese of high quality. If the party is big enough, some signatory dishes shouldn't be missed. These include cold dishes like old station duck, crispy eel, shepherd's purse blinds roll and crystal chicken; and for the main courses, the smoked tea duck, stirred fried river shrimps, lion-head in soup, and braised Gui Fish in mustard green should suit all tastes. There are, of course, more exquisite courses like abalone and shark's fin, on the menu for those who can afford to go for the real luxury.

This is one of those places well worth a visit to try out genuine traditional Shanghai cuisine in a sophisticated but relaxed environment.

  • Visited April 2014
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Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“More like ye olde restaurant station”
Reviewed 4 April 2014

The evening my wife and I went to the restaurant, the station, or the restaurant, or whatever, was quite full of diner passengers. We were seated at one of the wagons (I believe it was the one that belonged to the Empress Dowager) and presented with an e-tablet containing hundreds of dishes to choose. The pictures and description of the dishes were quite enticing but the prices were on the steep slope side. Unfortunately the waiters did not seem to speak workable English and communication was not easy. After we choose four tempting dishes, the first one came very quickly and was of reasonable quality. After a long interval, the waiter came to say that the most awaited second dish (abalone with truffles) was not available that evening and asked us about substitution, but we said that just the remaining two dishes would do. The third one came soon afterwards and was also reasonable but the fourth one never came. So we just pressed the high tech menu tablet to settle the account, but the credit card terminal was not working. Overall, the trip to the station was below expectation and we went home wondering what the Empress Dowager would have done to the cook and staff if she were attended that way...

  • Visited April 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Genuine Old Shanghai food”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

This quaint restaurant serves delicious good old-fashioned local food, not nouvelle cuisine or fusion food. Price is a little on the high side but the quality cannot be faulted and portions can be substantial. The braised duck, spicy fish head and steamed vegetable buns are great comfort food during Winter. The cold dishes also help to whip up the appetite. Dining in an old rail-car is the only novelty. It is located 100m next to Xujiahui metro station so convenient to get to. Many shopping centres in surrounding area.

  • Visited November 2013
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