Posted 1 Reviews
I'll start off by saying this is my first exposure to Xinjiang/Uighur food, so I'm not really qualified to comment on the style/execution of the dishes I suppose. But as a lover of most Chinese food styles and of middle eastern food I was highly anticipating eating at Xibo.
Atmosphere was great and service was pretty quick for me, and staff was actually quite friendly and helpful. The food left me a little disappointed though. The lamb and bread dish was VERY short on lamb, and the little that was there was extremely fatty. After about 4 bites I was left with a plate of fat-laden bread and some onion bits. The Chinese olive dish was beautifully presented but not especially flavorful, and the pan-fried dumplings were quite oily and didn't really have the slight crispiness I'm used to from fried dumplings. Again, I'm no expert in the style, but I have to imagine "real" Xinjiang food is crispy when fried, has the pungent punch of middle eastern food, and doesn't skimp on the lamb. Maybe I'm off base though.
I would definitely give this place another shot, and there are tons of other dishes on the menu I'd love to try, but I've been wowed by several restaurants in Shanghai and this isn't one of them.
Posted 1 Reviews
I feel like the last guy in Shanghai to eat at Xibo but it was worth waiting for. People talk about the design but for me the experience was all about the food. Just great. I;ve been to Xinjiang and this was far better than any meal I had there. Could have been a bit more spicy for my taste, but no real complaints. Service was OK, place was really busy, terrace seating was nice but forget all that and go for the Da Pan Ji!
Posted 2 Reviews
Xibo is probably the only place outside of Xinjiang that offers Xibe food and being such big fans of Uyghur food we thought we would give it a try. The food was pretty good but not as good as many other Xinjiang restaurants I have been to. It was at least an interesting slight change of pace from Uyghur food. However, the service was horrible, even for China. The staff was surly and seemed to hate their jobs and not care to hide it but the worst part came when one waitress cleared our appetizers and asked if we wanted dessert. We told her we would have course want our entrees first and she ran off quickly. After about 15 minutes we got the manager who had been hovering nearby and asked how much longer our food would be. He went off to check but never came back with a response. Finally about 20 minutes after that our food finally came with no apology or anything. We're used to this kind of thing in China but when you are shelling out 70-100 kwai for an entree at a place that caters mostly to westerners you can at least hope for an apology if not something more. In the future I'll definitely stick to the more traditional Xinjiang places.
This is another mystery. Chinese regional foods, served in a semi-chique wrapping, receiving all-hail-the-king reviews from foreigners in Shanghai.
To me, knowing Xinjiang foods at it should be, I am real disappointed with Xibo. the idea and concept got me excited and eager to visit. The food, presentation and over all impression makes me not want to go there again. Ever.
The scewers which should be at the very hard of anything Uighur were dry, bad tasting and plain boring. Meat way, way too fat, grill flavor lacking and far from what you'll get on the streets at the right place.
Their lamb and bread dish was lacking lamb leaving you with a hug plate of day old bread fried in plenty of lamb fat leaving it crispy, yet dry and totally in-inspiring. A sad sight and even more boring gastronomical experience.
Such basic dish as cucumber in chili sauce was done without love and didn't work at all. That's a dish so simple it's hard NOT to get to right!
Cado to the owner for trying to create something different but I cannot help feeling somebody's been watching Lost Heaven thinking "we can also copy that urban-chique/local regional cousine - let's do foreigner friendly Xinjiang in a concrete setting and play disco as we go along. That'll work with the stupid laowais...".
They might be right thogh...
Posted 10 Reviews
Firstly, let me kick off and say that I am not a huge fan of real Chinese cuisine. Back in the UK I adore the pseudo Anglo-Asian dishes that you'll find on every street corner of every town and a city. It's prawn cracker-tastic. Yummy! Now, since being in Asia I have generally been turned off by all but the most westernized of Chinese restaurants and even then I normally have to be dragged kicking, screaming and offering suggestions to the contrary. Now with Xibo I find very palatable, well portioned and most importantly surprise-free dishes that are served in a welcoming environment. No flood-lights that dazzle you, no cheesy K-Pop (or whatever the kids are listening to these days) and no TV's blaring out the local news at full volume. Great! If you're a fan on those things, plenty of options in the city but not really a need to beat-up of Xibo for not being that. Take is as it is, good food served in a very western-friendly setting.
Posted 10 Reviews
From: French, Asian
To say Xibo is a 'fake' Xinjiang restaurant is not giving justice to that great spot. If we had to rule out restaurants because they were not authentic enough in Shanghai, then we wouldn't go out much and we'd dismiss the 'fake' italian, french, chinese, japanese etc. No Haiku. No Mr & Mrs Bund (oh no!). No Din Tai Feng, no Lost Heaven - what a scary thought.
I expected a hole in the wall when i heard the two words 'xinjiang food' with screens playing aged music videos, xinjiang dudes with funky hats, hardcore lighting and a smell that would haunt your clothes for two weeks.
But it isn't like that, at all.
Xibo is for people who like good food, decent price and nice decor. For people who don't need their food to be spiced up by some Xinjiang folk music or exotic looking waiters. No neon bright lights. For people who can be dressed up, or hang out casually.
The seating is simple, if not always 100% comfortable yet it is elegant, the service is attentive, i'd say it's a pretty good value.
I only think some Xinjiang good music would add more to the atmosphere instead of disco or funk music.
This is the opinion of someone who loves good food, including Chinese, European, or Ethiopian. Leave your clichÃ©s at the door.
Why didnt I listen to the other review of happier 88?
This is Xinjiang straight from Disneyland. I am kicking myself I didnt listen to the warning.
And the two positive reviews came from expats who by their own admission dislike Chinese food, and who obviously have no idea what Xinjiang is supposed to taste like.
The lamb shanks could have come from any western kitchen and was as dull as dishwater. I stopped after that, and asked for the bill.
Note to self: look for recommondations from people who say they were trying to avoid Chinese food and liked a venue, and then never go near that place...