What is Shanghai’s restaurant scene like?

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As Shanghai becomes increasingly international, its restaurant scene follows suit. Gordon Ramsay protégé Jason Atherton serves Spanish cuisine at Table No. 1, while Jean-Georges Vongerichten showcases his trademark French fare at Jean Georges. Hong Kong export 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo gives the city a taste of Italy, and Stiller's Restaurant adds German flavor.

Of course, you'll find gobs of Chinese fine dining spots, from Yi Long Court in The Peninsula Shanghai to Jin Xuan in The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong. But family-run, hole-in-the-wall restaurants serving traditional Chinese dishes are by far the most prevalent dining establishments in the city. Even the smallest restaurants are eager to cater to the city's growing tourist population and will often provide English-language menus (we say "English" in the loosest sense of the word) or one with photographs of the dishes. Particularly if you are an adventurous eater, you should have no problem with the point-and-smile method of ordering a meal.

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