With egusi as a starter, ramen with beef (牛肉拉面) in the GGJ restaurant makes your mouth water. The noodles are authentically chewy, and the beef and the soup are tasty and hot. After ramen noodles you’ll be served a free cup of red date tea (红枣茶), to ease the feel of greasiness.
The lamb shashlik (烤羊肉串), barbecued in front of the restaurant, is also worthy of a taste.
Chinese name: 贯贯吉拉面 Guanguanji Lamian
Average price per person: 24 yuan
Address: Building A, 70 Zhenjiang Middle Road, Huangpu District (黄浦区浙江中路70号A座)
Tel: 021-6322 0039
Transportation: Take bus 49, 71, or 127.
6. Xinjiang Pamir Restaurant
Located in a bustling street, both the position and the tasty food, especially barbecued lamb shashlik (烤羊肉串), attracts many Xinjiang people every day.
Chinese name: 帕米尔餐厅 Pami’er Canting
Recommended dishes: Barbecued lamb shashlik (烤羊肉串), braised chicken with potatoes and green peppers (大盘鸡), stewed mutton with naan（馕包肉）, and Xinjiang rice (手抓饭).
Average price per person: 50 yuan
Address: 205 Zhejiang Middle Road, Huangpu District (黄浦区浙江中路205号)
Tel: 021-6322 5664
Transportation: Take bus 980.
7. Xibo Restaurant
Xibo Restaurant’s specialty is food made with badam, a unique sweet, nutritious dried fruit; for example parfait with badam (巴达木冻糕) and spinach with badam (巴达木菠菜).
It also has traditional Muslim food, like barbecued lamb shashlik (烤羊肉串) and braised chicken with potatoes and green peppers (大盘鸡).
Moreover, the other feature of the restaurant is its environment. The surrounding bamboos together with the wooden tables and chairs form an elegant atmosphere.
Chinese name: 锡伯新疆餐厅 Xibo Xinjiang Canting
Average price per person: 97 yuan
Address: Floor 3, 83 Changshu Road, Jing’an District (静安区常熟路83号3楼)
Tel: 021-5403 8330
Transportation: Take subway line 1 or 7, and get off at Changshu Road (常熟路站), or take bus 15, 45, 49, 93, or 824.
Address: 1275 Meichuan Road, Putuo District (普陀区梅川路1275号)
Tel: 021-5162 1555
Transportation: Take bus 727, 807, 837, 827, 947 or 948, and get off of Zhenbei Road (真北路).
12. Aiziha’er Musical Restaurant
Besides serving traditional halal dishes, such as barbecued lamb shashlik (烤羊肉串) and braised chicken with potatoes and green peppers (大盘鸡), the restaurant has its unique dish, stewed chicken with yam and carrots (山药煲), which attracts lots of diners.
The other unique feature is the melodious songs and beautiful dances by professional performers in the evenings, which bring the lifestyle of nomads alive.
Chinese name: 爱姿哈尔音乐餐厅 Aiziha’er Yinyue Canting
Average price per person: 60 yuan
Address: 8 Liuying Road, Zhabei District (闸北区柳营路8号)
Tel: 021-5690 1338
Transportation: Take subway line 3, and get off at Hongkou Football Playground (虹口足球场).
13. Yi Xin Zhai
Yi Xin Zhai offers breakfast; the specialties, mainly buns, rice and noodles, are different from other similar restaurants. This is a small but popular restaurant, but it doesn’t seem noisy or crowded owing to its open seating.
Chinese name: 一心斋 Yi Xin Zhai
Recommended dishes: Fried buns stuffed with beef (牛肉煎包), tender chicken (三黄鸡), cold noodles (冷面), and stewed rice with meat and vegetables (盖浇饭).
Average price per person: 29 yuan
Address: 1503 Pingliang Road, Yangpu District (杨浦区平凉路1503号)
Tel: 021-6543 2351
Transportation: Take bus 25, 155, 8, 538, 813, or 842.
14. Yershari Zhengtong Road Branch (耶里夏丽政通店)
Chinese name: 耶里夏丽新疆餐厅 Yelixiali Xinjiang Canting
Average price per person: 72 yuan
Address: Floor 4, 218 Zhengtong Road, Yangpu District (杨浦区政通路218号4楼)
Tel: 021-5566 1057
Transportation: Take subway line 10, or take bus 8, 55, 59, 61, 68, 90, 99, 102, 139, 405, 406, 537, 538, 559, 713, 749, 812, 817, 819, 842, 850, 954, 910, 937, 942, or 991.
15. Camel Spring
Camel Spring is named after a sacred spring of Islam, and serves mainly Muslim food. Uniquely, the piquancy of the dishes can be altered.
In addition, the decoration of the restaurant is also unique and impressive: French windows, white arches, and neat tables and chairs, combine simplicity with exquisiteness. The environment is complimented by the considerate service.
Chinese name: 骆驼泉Luotuo Quan
Recommended dishes: Barbecued lamb shashlik (烤羊肉串), braised chicken with potatoes and green peppers (大盘鸡), yoghurt (满口香酸奶) and stewed mutton pastries (羊肉焖饼).
Transportation: Take subway line 9, get off at Guilin Road (桂林路) and get out from Exit 4, or take bus 171,205, 224, 809, 909, 927, or 931.
16. Tahar Xinjiang Restaurant
The restaurant is most famous for different kinds of meat, including barbecued lamb shashlik (烤羊肉串), lamb chops (羊排), and chicken wings (鸡翅).
In addition, vegetarian dishes like fried sweet potatoes with syrup（土豆拔丝）, and drinks such as yogurt（酸奶）and milk tea（奶茶）are also tasty. Moreover, the simple decoration of the restaurant and the performances in Xinjiang style form an authentic atmosphere.