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ShangHai DiShuiDong (MaoMing South Road)

#25 of 15,925 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Former French Concession
As featured in One Day in Shanghai
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2/F, No.56 Maoming South Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
Name/address in local language
+86 21 6253 2689
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17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was stomping ground ten years ago. I had to take my wife since I told her about this years past. The same still have the same great food. Although foreigners like myself seemed to be in greater numbers than locals. The stew five layer pork is a must. It's Chairman Mao's favorite. Pork ribs with chili and anise are... More 

Thank Mike L
Hong Kong, China
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The decoration there would give you a Hunan feel and whet your appetite. The spicy spare ribs which is their signature dish is very good but a bit too small and overpriced. Most of the food are spicy but you could still find some non-spicy ones. On the whole, a restaurant which is worth trying.

Thank Cheung Wing Joh... L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staffs were not "that" nice. we have to set all chairs by ourselves which kind of disappointng a bit They have English menu so u dont have to worry about playing guess challenge and the food is OK.... just ok

Thank Nat T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Followed (as most of the times) the trip advisor recommendations and found another restaurant which I will put on my Shanghai's favorites for sure. It's a nice cosy and traditional place to have typical Chinese / Shanghainese (?) food. Service is good but food is great! As you can see on the pictures we had the steamed frog, which is... More 

Thank Maximilian H
Bologna, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a famous restaurant for the spicy food, I can confirm that the quality is effectively good. I had a quick dinner with some good vegetables (spicy) very good. Also the chicken in hunnan style was very good. The service is not really nice and they do not speak english. Better to reserve in advance.

Thank maximilian1978
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely try the ribs. Overall, a great authentic experience with great food. I would like to have tried more, so don't be shy and try a lot of different dishes.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

This is just ordinary Chinese restaurant (simple place) with super delicious food, really suit my taste. Whenever I come always see a lot of foreigner here. Must try two colors fish head, pork ribs, spicy chicken and for dessert should try banana caramel. This is one of my favorite Yunan restaurant in Shanghai, good food and affordable price. Always want... More 

Thank Joelishzz
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

It's hard to notice this restaurant on the busy street as it's located upstairs but once you are there, the place is absolutely buzzing. It seems popular with tourists and expats as well as locals. Beware - portions are massive! We ordered a side dish of eggplant and the bowl turned up huge! Crispy crab and chilli prawns were fabulous.... More 

Thank Irina S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

The food here is delicious although this is by no means a fancy restaurant. For good Chinese (Hunan style) this is the place to go. Prices are ok, not cheap but also not expensive. There are so many good dishes here and it is hard to go wrong. Some are worth a special mention. The ribs are amazing, a must... More 

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Beijing, China
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Foodies will argue whether DiShuiDong or Guyi is the best Hunan food in Shanghai. Both great – I like DSD. Order the ribs (22 rmb each – they are big), the “Frog in Bamboo Tube,” and I loved a simple vegetable dish of eggplant and green beans. That veg dish epitomized Hunan flavors to me. Instead of the piercing heat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2/F, No.56 Maoming South Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighbourhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: +86 21 6253 2689

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Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.
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