After an extensive renovation that includes burnished cement floors and beam-exposed ceilings, former neighborhood secret Xiangcun Fengwei is now worthy of a visit even for people who live outside the French Concession. This three-story restaurant serves up Hunan staples at super-cheap prices. Try the Ma Po Tofu, cumin-covered ribs, long beans, and any of the beef or fish hot pot dishes. Even following the renovation in 2013, this place still lacks ambience, as the bright lighting and arrangement of tables — the-furniture-shoved-into-single-room-space strategy that's common to many Chinese restaurants — fails to cultivate environment. But it's always a reliable standby for good home-cooked Hunan—and almost never has a wait.
Hunan Xiangcun Fengwei
168 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, former French Concession
Our Rating Neighborhood Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, near Anfu Lu Hours 11 a.m. - midnight Transportation Metro: Changshu Lu Phone 021-6437-0952 Prices Less than 100 rmb per person Cuisine Type Hunan Web site Hunan Xiangcun Fengwei