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    • ADDRESS:
      1/F, 30 Sinan Lu,
      near Huaihai Zhong Lu
      思南路30号1楼, 近淮海中路
    • PHONE:
      6093 2062
    • WECHAT:
    • AREA:
      Huangpu Xuhui
    • METRO:
      15 mins walk from South Shaanxi Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 11am-1.30am
    • CARDS:
      Local cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$ $$$
    • WEB:
    • Editor's Description
      Cha is a faithful recreation of a Hong Kong cha canting -- basically a Cantonese diner -- from the 1950's, right down to the old-time music, the old-time Hong Kong public lavatory signs, and the green-and-white tiled floor. Food is similarly traditional. Very popular among locals and laowais alike. The menu is huge, so you may want to look around at what other people are ordering. We highly recommend their chicken wings and milk tea (the one with the milk tea ice cubes). The last order is at 1.30am and they will kick you out at 1.45am. Depending on what time you arrive, you may have to wait a long time or share a table with someone.
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  • The answer to: "Where's the sweet & sour pork?"
    For Cha's on August 3, 2015
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    With Friends
    Joined Feb 9, 2015
    Posted 3 Reviews
    It's almost comical but 99.9% of the time we host friends/family from North America in Shanghai, we get asked, "where's the sweet & sour pork?" because you know, sweet and sour pork is eponymous with Chinese food.

    This question used to be accompanied by a "lecture" by me about the varying ranges of Chinese cuisine and the fact that most Chinatowns in N.America tend to lean towards Cantonese food, etc. etc. Our friends/family would answer by saying, "yes ok, but where's the sweet & sour pork?!"

    So now, I just bite my tongue and taken them to Cha's on Sinan Road. I/We have never been disappointed.

    Sure, the manager/owner can be grumpy especially during rush hours but we always say hello, thank you, smile when leave and he's actually very sweet. He now recognizes us and will flash an occasional smile towards us as well.

    My recommendations: besides the s&s pork, the broccoli sautéed in garlic, Fujian fried rice, shrimp with celery and cashews. And of course the pineapple buns are always a winner!

    Also another tip -- dine after 8PM and you're golden! (otherwise, it's a hot, messy wait for a table)

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