We just came back from lunch from our favourite Japanese restaurant in Shanghai, and so I thought I would share its location.
It is in the basement of the Shanghai Times Square building on Hua Hai Road (if you don't know it, the building has Lane Crawfords written all over it - but most people will know Shanghai Times Square) I have no idea what the restaurant is called as its written in Japanese, but its the only Japanese restaurant in the basement.
You go down the escalator and it is up near the supermarket end. The decor is excellent, it has lots of booth seating which is comfortable and semi private, there is a bar area for single diners and a sushi train. It has soft lighting (but not too dark) and pleasant back ground music. And on a cold day like today it was so comfortably warm!
The thing that really makes it the best Japanese for me is the fact that the food is superb and the service is outstanding! We have been to about 6 or 8 Japanese restaurants now in Shanghai and I have been mostly disappointed with them - this is the exception.
As you walk in you are greeted by the whole staff in a chorus, then seated either in smoking or non-smoking areas. No sooner than you sit down and there is a nice cup of hot green tea in front of you - and this is never allowed to become empty, there is always someone topping it up.
The choice of food is hard because everything looks so tempting. Today I had a chicken Teriyaki set which included Miso soup, a salad, fried tofu cubes in some brown sauce, rice and chicken Teriyaki. As we were sitting in a booth but next to the sushi train, Sabrina grabbed some plates of sushi. As always, the food was excellent. The flavours subtle, the variety of tastes and textures make the meal very interesting.
The whole meal ended up costing us 63RMB (a little over A$10). We both left feeling extremely satisfied.
The bonus today was they as we left we went a different way to normal and in the opposite corner of the basement we found a great English language bookshop. It had a lot of stuff, especially English magazines and the largest selection of travel books (lonely planet and others) that I have ever seen. So whether you live here or are just visiting and you need a book (business, fiction, travel, magazine, non fiction) then make the trip to Shanghai Times Square - go to the basement, buy your book and then go have some fantastic Japanese!
Shanghai Times Square is located at 99 Huai Hai Zhong Lu (very close to the intersection of Zizang Nan Lu).