Expats and locals alike flock to Guyi for reliably satisfying Hunan at reasonable prices, and this is a great place to take guests who might want to try good Chinese cuisine but are scared of anything too spicy or strange. There’s nothing remarkable about the ambience— cloth-covered round and square tables are crammed into a single room— but it’s the food you’re coming for. The cumin-crusted ribs, spicy La Zi Chicken, and the eggplant and long beans are specialties for good reason; they're fresh and perfectly seasoned. (If you're a meat lover definitely order the ribs, which can be ordered by the piece). The restaurant's official stance is that it doesn't take reservations, and you’ll find a scrum of people crowding the doorways at dinnertime waiting for a table. (Although staff will usually take your name if you call ahead for a reservation before 6 p.m.) What you can reserve is one of the restuaurant's two private dining rooms, which have a 1,500 rmb minimum on food and beverage. That's very easily met if you have at least a table of 10.
87 Fumin Rd, Jing'an, Shanghai
Our Rating Neighborhood Fumin Road at Julu Road Hours Lunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Transportation Metro: Changshu Road Phone 021-6249-5628 Prices 100-200 rmb Cuisine Type Hunan Web site Guyi Hunan