Consistently named as one of Shanghai's best restaurants, the chic 1221 offers modern takes on Chinese cooking at affordable prices. To its ... More
Consistently named as one of Shanghai's best restaurants, the chic 1221 offers modern takes on Chinese cooking at affordable prices. To its fashionable Chinese and foreign clientele, it is a stylish change from the utilitarian ambience of other Shanghainese restaurants, and the bilingual menu is an added bonus. Situated inside a toy factory, the restaurant features maple furnishings complemented by subtle lighting. Recommended dishes include vegetable Bao Zi (dumplings), Crispy Tofu, Crispy Duck and Shredded Pork served with scallions and pancakes, and a fine selection of appetizers.
They serve good Shanghai dishes that customised a bit to foreigner's stomache. Try the Xiao Long Bao (local dim sum). Duck with pan cakes is also very nice. The restaurant is not close to the main scenic spots though.
It was clean (unlike alat of traditional chinese restaurants!) and the food was well presented. The spring rolls were gorgeous!! The staff have good English too! Many western tourists eat at this particular chinese restaurant. My family and I really enjoyed it!!
Michelle runs this place really well. I have been going since 1997 and still like it very much. The food is excellent and that's saying a lot in a town like Shanghai. And it's one of the few places that placed an emphasis on wine early on.
I live in Shanghai and have been to many Chinese restaurants. I've been to 1221 twice and on both occasions found the food served up to be disappointingly average. Historically, 1221 was popular amongst tourists because it had an English menu. But most Chinese restaurants worth going to have English menus nowadays. So I would suggest you give 1221 a miss and instead, try something else really special in Shanghai!
We showed up one night to find a restaurant full of Westerners and not an empty seat to be found. The hostess curtly told us, sorry no openings tonight and then left us to clear some tables (not the most polite person working here).
We made reservations and came back and were treated to an excellent meal with great service. Avoid the drunken chicken dish, it may sound interesting but, unless you are a fan of fatty, cold, pale chicken, get something else.
Overrated. First of all, it's a bit hard to find as it's tugged in an alley way. Secondly, food and decor can only be described as "average", yet the price is definitely higher than many other places, and most of all, the service is pretty "cold" here. Lots of attitude. Pretencious and jaded. If you're in mood for some good Shanghai cuisine, pick up a magazine called "That's Shanghai" from your hotel and check the restaurant section. You'll see a lot of listings. Generally they're better than 1221 - only they're less known.
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