[Shanghai Girl Eats] Xixi Bistro 喜喜小馆

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Xixi Bistro 喜喜小馆 | Dianping
Address:  89 Wuyuan Lu near Wulumuqi Lu (徐汇区 Xuhui District) / 五原路89号(乌鲁木齐中路)
Date visited: 2016.01 for lunch
Price: Lunch set RMB88; dinner RMB100-150 per person
Will return: Yes
What to get:
– Avocado pidan doufu salad
– Ricotta cheese
– Smoked salmon rice bruschetta
– Pumpkin jiaozi
– Pesto fried rice
– Scallion oil noodles with mentaiko

Update: this venue has closed

Xixi Bistro: cute Chinese food with an Italian twist. The first time I visited Xixi when it opened, I did not like it. Flavors were a bit off and so was execution. But I gave it another try recently and everything seems to be in a good place now. I am glad I came back.

Lunch set is RMB88 for choice of one cold appetizer, hot appetizer, pasta or rice, and entree. Four different dishes in one-person portions to maximize variety — good deal. A la carte menu is also very reasonable for dinner. Great ambiance, value, and location for a casual meal.

Avocado pidan doufu salad
Recommend: yes
A classic Chinese cold dish perked up with avocado, which makes it even better.

Xixi Bistro Shanghai

Ricotta cheese with orange jam and mantou
Recommend: yes
Great ricotta mixed with jam. I wondered what was Chinese about this dish until I realized the accompanying bread was cut up mantou.

Xixi Bistro Shanghai

Smoked salmon rice bruschetta
Recommend: yes
Not one for salmon dishes usually but this was good quality smoked salmon on crispy deep fried rice cake. The first time I was here, the rice cake was not fried enough but this time it was fried just right. Aside from smoked salmon as a topping, there is also shrimp bruschetta, avocado & salmon bruschetta, and parma ham & parmesan cheese bruschetta.

Xixi Bistro Shanghai

Pumpkin jiaozi
Recommend: yes
An Italian take on Chinese dumpling or a Chinese take on tortellini?! Both equations lead to delicious. Nice crisp on the bottom of the jiaozi. There are other variations on the menu including ragu jiaozi and spinach & mozzarella jiaozi.

Xixi Bistro Shanghai

Pesto fried rice with chicken and vegetable
Recommend: yes
I could not imagine fried rice with pesto at first but it worked. It was so good, so good.

Xixi Bistro Shanghai

Scallion oil noodles with mentaiko
Recommend: yes
The mentaiko touch makes this different from all the other scallion oil noodles in this city.

Xixi Bistro Shanghai

Slow-cooked pork ribs with rose BBQ sauce
Recommend: maybe
I haven’t found a main that I really like here despite the good stuff above. The pork ribs are not bad but the spices don’t quite hit the spot.

Xixi Bistro Shanghai

Crispy herbs roasted chicken
Recommend: maybe
Again, not bad but not wow in terms of flavor. Credit though for crispy skin and moist meat.

Xixi Bistro Shanghai

Look up on your way out.

Xixi Bistro Shanghai

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