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You won't have any problems finding kid-friendly restaurants in Shanghai. And in a country where slurping soup is the norm, there is little to worry about in terms of your kids' tableside manners. Still, there are some places — both Western and Chinese — that not only tolerate kids but cater to them. Here are some favorites from our Forbes Travel Guide editors:
1. Bistro Burger. Not only does this popular burger joint have a recently revamped kids' menu featuring mini-burgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches, it's also got a host of appetizing options for Mom and Dad. Try the Californian burger with blue cheese, bacon, avocado and mango chutney. To take your meal up a notch, add a spiked milkshake for a guaranteed good time.
2. Any hot pot restaurant. Eating hot pot is an activity in and of itself. The kids will love choosing their own ingredients (typically meat, vegetables and seafood) and then watching the food cook directly on the table top bowl of broth — just be careful they don't put their hands too close to the heat.
3. Din Tai Fang. Perhaps there are more authentic dumplings to be had in the city than those at Din Tai Fang, but this international franchise makes our list for its exceptional service and immaculate facilities. Kids will happily dig into the dumplings, noodles, steamed buns and simple vegetable dishes.
4. Southern Barbarian. Three words: fried goat cheese. We haven't met anyone of any age who does not like the ethnic Yunnan version of what some might consider a mozzarella stick. Southern Barbarian serves crowd-pleasing fare such as this along with one of the city's most extensive imported beer lists (for mom and dad, of course). Other fan favorites include the crispy potato pancake and the cold eggplant appetizer.
5. Simply Thai. For a family-friendly international dining experience, visit one of the several Simply Thai locations around town. It offers a large menu of delicious dishes with plenty of options for even the pickiest eaters. Some of our favorites are the pad see ew (fried flat rice noodles) and the spicy papaya salad, which can be made with a little less kick upon request.