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    • ADDRESS:
      3/F, 83 Changshu Lu,
      near Julu Lu
      常熟路83号3楼, 近巨鹿路
    • PHONE:
      5403 8330
    • AREA:
      Xuhui
    • METRO:
      8 mins walk from Jing'an Temple
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 11am-midnight
    • CARDS:
      None
    • WEB:
      -
    • HAPPY HOUR:
      Every Sun-Thu, 6-8pm, buy-one-get-one-free cocktails, 330ml Vedett Extra White drafts 38rmb.
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Smart Xinjiang. Yes, it exists. It's Xibo -- an ethnic minority from the hills of NW Xinjiang, and a restaurant on Changshu Lu. Gone are the dancers and gold leaf, in are the concrete walls, picture windows, smart lighting, funk & disco soundtrack, and the region's cultural artifacts used as design features. The menu, like the province, is a mish-mish of Uighur standards and various minority dishes, the prices are low, and -- god forbid -- the vibe is even date-worthy.
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      Xibo Weekend Lunch

      Xibo contemporary Xinjiang restaurant does a 20 percent discount on it's entire menu every weekend at lunchtime. Drink specials are also available.
      NOT TAGGED | Xibo | daily |
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      Xinjiang Lunch Set

      Xibo Xinjiang restaurant offers daily lunch specials. 48rmb gets you a set with a daily soup, and appetaizer and a main course with a choice of dessert or beverage.
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      A Xinjiang Valentine's Day

      Xibo is dishing out a three course meal for couples on Valentine's Day. The menu gives guests a choice of appetizers, main courses and a dessert to share, including two glasses of sparkling wine. Live guitar performances from...
      NOT TAGGED | Xibo | on Thu Feb 14 2013 |
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      Summer & Sip Happy Hour

      Every Sunday to Thursday from 6 to 8pm, Xibo Xinjiang restaurant pours cocktails buy-one-get-one-free while 330ml drafts of Vedett Extra White are only 38rmb.
      NOT TAGGED | Xibo | daily |
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      Xibo One Year Anniversary Party

      Xibo is hosting their one year anniversary this Saturday, with free drinks and food from 6pm to 10pm. Also featured for the evening is the photography of Swiss photographer, Bartosz Kolonko, focusing on subjects from Xinjiang. Congrats...
      NOT TAGGED | Xibo | on Sat Oct 15 2011 |
  • Good food, Good atmosphere
    For Xibo on May 18, 2015
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    Benoitvdm
    Joined Feb 21, 2015
    Is Dutch
    Posted 5 Reviews
    The friendly staff quickly guided us to our table.
    The first thing I noticed is that about 90% of the customers are foreigners, this was fortunately a good sign.

    The menu was very divers, we took a mushroom dish, some kind of pies with lamb and cheese, fried fish pieces and a a piece of lamb shoulder.
    All the normal dishes are around 40-100rmb, the dishes with lamb are a little bit more expensive.

    The dishes were all good but the Lamb shoulder was my favorite, it was around 120rmb and for 4 person so it was a lot of meat (great value for money). Most of the pieces were very tender and tasty but some of them were a little dry. The sauce with the lamb was surprisingly good.

    The service was good, the food was good, the atmosphere was good and the price was good. I certainly will come here again.
    Eh....
    For Xibo on January 28, 2014
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    bkm87
    Joined Jan 28, 2014
    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.
    Cool Xinjiang with great terrace
    For Xibo on January 19, 2013
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    sweedie
    Joined Jan 19, 2013
    Is Swedish
    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!
    Interesting Food, Terrible Service
    For Xibo on January 16, 2013
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    MattyHar
    Joined Oct 20, 2012
    Is American
    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.
    Another mystery...
    For Xibo on July 27, 2012
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    Jacob Johansen
    Joined Dec 6, 2006
    Posted 8 Reviews
    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...
    Haters gonna hate, but see it for what it does well.
    For Xibo on May 21, 2012
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    Treamer
    Joined Oct 21, 2008
    Is British
    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.
    A Good Surprise
    For Xibo on May 18, 2012
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    Rebe
    Joined Nov 2, 2011
    Posted 10 Reviews
    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 clichés at the door.
    No bones about it: Xibo good!
    For Xibo on February 14, 2012
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    thetallguy
    Joined Mar 28, 2008
    Is Canadian
    Posted 16 Reviews
    I don't like going to Chinese restaurants, but I like this place. This is a western friendly Chinese food that wouldn't be out of place in LA or NYC. One thing I particularly don't like about Chinese food is the dozens of bones you need to spit out on your plate like an ogre over the course of a meal. Xibo is bones-free!! Although the menu points out your option to request it "original" ogre style if you so choose.

    The staff is all very friendly and English speaking and the decor is modern, clean, and comfortable. I haven't had the chance to dine outside yet, but it looks super nice on their small terrace.

    The food is Xinjiang cuisine which means a lot of barbecued meats and cumin and spiced hot! Just about everything I ordered was really tasty and the presentation was excellent. Would recommend the roasted bread and lamb with cumin dish, the meat skewers of course, the chicken omelette pancake, and pass on the meat wrappers. Again the service is above expectations and when the table beside us emptied the wait staff immediately slid it over to ours to give us more space for our dishes.

    I also think this is a great place to bring out of town visitors who want to go out for Chinese food in a modern trendy environment.
    Trendy but not authentic
    For Xibo on September 25, 2011
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    happier88
    Joined Aug 20, 2010
    Posted 7 Reviews
    All in all, it's not bad, but it's not great either. Everything on the table was so-so.

    I went there with another girlfriend of mine. We wanted something non-western and non-Chinese, so Xinjiang food came in to our mind. I pick Xibo because there were some positive reviews on SMSH. Guess The postings are not always so true....

    We ordered the eggplant appetizer, which tasted really MamaHuhu. BBQ beef sticks were good, but was not authentic taste. We also ordered a veggie pancake wrap, that was better then others, but did not impress me too much. Something else we ordered came out looking like Campbell soup...

    All I am trying to say is it's good to try once. The place looks trendy, has nice terrace seating area. Service was good.
    Yummy food - good for small parties
    For Xibo on July 5, 2011
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    honeybee
    Joined Jan 23, 2011
    Is British
    Posted 6 Reviews
    Been here a few times with friends. Its also a good place to take out of towners who want to try food that is not so chinese - meaning szechuan, hunnan, hotpot, dumplings, etc etc

    Xin Jiang cuisine has a distinct flavour and this place has both modern and traditional tastes..fused.

    It's a cosy place, dim lighting, attentive service. Friendly staff that talk to you. English is okay.
    It's hearty tasty yummy food. Expect lots of lamb, beef, chicken.

    Portion sizes are pretty large.So its good to share. Ask the staff - they are knowledgeable on portion servings.

    Get adventurous - it all tastes good.
    Nice, but slightly overrated
    For Xibo on April 4, 2011
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    kobri
    Joined Nov 26, 2006
    Posted 5 Reviews
    I have found this place to be slightly overrated. OK, decor is nice and modern, probably that is the reason to visit this place, because it definitely cannot be baecause of food or drinks. The cocktails have definitely no alcohol inside, where it is supposed to be, and the food is sometimes great, sometimes so-so, and sometimes terrible. Our lamb has tasted as if it was 1.000 years old before it died. The service was extremely slow. However, they have odffered a free drink for being so slow at service, that was a positive sign.
    Anyway, I don't think I would like to return.
    An Ode To Xibo
    For Xibo on February 28, 2011
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    crazyjenny123
    Joined Feb 26, 2011
    Is American
    Posted 4 Reviews
    An Ode to Xibo

    It is so close
    To my little home
    And I cannot deny
    I'm lazy to roam
    But for this Xibo
    I would set out
    By sea, by sky, by foot
    No doubt!
    The food unique
    And such design
    The prices low
    Fast and refined
    For those who
    Say it is low value
    I say GUFFAHH
    Go sleep in
    Your wheelbarrow!

    Ok, I couldn't end it well, sorry.

    Prose version: Xibo is my favorite restaurant in Shanghai. I go there 2-3 times a week. Try doing that with ANY OTHER XINJIANG place in the world without going lamb crazy. My boyfriend is a vegetarian and he even loves it. Food is great, vegetarian dishes good (though I wish there were a few more), design is PERFECT, and people are nice. I totally cannot understand these people say it is not good value for money -- what are you people, farmers? I get out of there for 120RMB with no problem every time. Stop ordering expensive wine and enjoy the cheap food!
    Single Dose Xinjiang
    For Xibo on February 23, 2011
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    weaksauce
    Joined Jan 18, 2007
    Is American
    Posted 20 Reviews
    I had a very pleasant experience at Xibo. Went with a large group of friends, put down a ton of dishes and lots of black Sinkiang beer. Unfortunately I don't live in China because of places like Xibo and that's why I'm giving it 3 stars. It was a very pleasant once and while I'm not opposed to a return visit, I don't have any intention of going back.

    Xibo is that upscale Xinjiang restaurant you'd expect to find stirring buzz in a metropolitan capital...outside of China. The food was decent though I agree with other reviewers that it's not the best Xinjiang in town. The prices aren't exorbitant but far above what one needs to pay. Worth going once for the experience, but I am surprised at why others would be in a rush to head back. Trust me, there's plenty of better, cheaper Xinjiang places around the city from which you'll leave with fonder memories. I left Xibo feeling...trendy.

    If I'm in New York or London and can't find my Xinjiang fix, that's when Xibo would probably hit the spot.
    More Xintiandi than Xinjiang
    For Xibo on February 4, 2011
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    MikeH84
    Joined Oct 12, 2008
    Is Scottish
    Posted 3 Reviews
    As a seasoned Xinjiang restaurant visitor, the idea of the words 'xinjinag' and 'classy' appearing together in the same sentence in itself seemed like an oxymoron, which prompted me to check out what Xibo had to offer. While the restuarant itself boasts splendid decor, with friendly and courteous staff, the food is ultimately the reason why we would ever make a subsequent trip back to the place, and with a plethora of other more authentic such restaurants at a fraction of the price, with far more variety on offer, it would be hard to enetertain the idea of returning. The food has some of the staple favourties such as "da pang ji", but don't expect any xinjiang pancakes, lamb pizza or indeed many other of the delicious food that you take for granted at any other such restaurants. What is apparent to me is that with a growing of foerigners in Shanghai, with Xinjiang food being very popular, the restaurant is a contrived attempt in taking advantage of this whilst attracting the sceptical foreigners that wouldn't normally be seen dead in a normal Xinjiang restaurant. Even the supposed Xinjiang dishes themselves lack that Xinjiang authenticity, and have definitely got a Cantonese twist, with more soy sauce than would ever have been necessary accompanying the food. Not really what one should expect at a Xinjiang restaurant.

    So in terms of going, a curious visit is recommended, but serious fans of Xinjiang food would only be disappointed. It is a tamer alternative for anyone who is a little dubious about eating in a real Xinjiang restaurant, but only time will tell how much longer this contrived contradiction will survive for.

    Would definitely go back
    For Xibo on January 24, 2011
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    liltstyle
    Joined Jan 24, 2011
    Is Canadian
    Posted 5 Reviews
    We had dinner at Xibo this weekend and really enjoyed the experience. After arriving 10 minutes late for our 8pm reservation, we were told that we would need to wait a few minutes for our table, however we were provided with complimentary drinks while we waited. After a few minutes we were shown to our table.

    The service was a little slow, but the restaurant was packed and all tables were filled. The waitress that took our drink orders didn't stick around for the food orders, but it was easy enough to grab the next guy who swung by. All the food came out quickly (maybe a bit too quickly!) as our table was completely inundated with plates of food. As we made our way through the dishes, our plates were cleared accordingly and changed when need. Everything we ordered was quite tasty, however the bbq ribs were a bit on the fatty side. The duck with pears was a real star as well as the lamb with fried bread. We finished off with the banana creme brulee, although good was a tiny portion...but we were all too full anyway!

    Overall, we all really enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere and got out of there for under RMB250 a couple. Not a bad deal and we will definitely be back.
    The good is slowly becoming worse
    For Xibo on January 19, 2011
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    P.LinShanghai
    Joined Jul 31, 2008
    Posted 2 Reviews
    This was always a usual place for my friends and I. Now, this was a few months ago. Before City Weekend's review of the place.

    We went there yesterday, confident that we will have a great meal once again. They are beginning to cut corners and find ways to cheap out from the dishes. One of the mains we ordered was the russian lamb. The lamb had more bone than meat.

    The desserts, especially the cherry chocolate cake was heavenly the last time we came here. So we ordered it again. The cake was too hard. Our spoons hit the plate "CLANG!". We asked for a new one (it happened before with one of our friends, and she got it changed), cause this is silly! We shouldn't have to worry if we will break the plate while eating dessert. Waitress came and told us "its meant to be like that". Ok... we may not be cooks, but we know how dessert should be. We showed her exactly how hard it was "CLANG!". She went to manager. They talked. Nothing was done.
    so service is less caring now. Never was like this before. Shame really.
    Funk meets Xinjiang
    For Xibo on January 6, 2011
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    smarthippo
    Joined Jan 1, 2011
    Posted 4 Reviews
    Exquisite.

    We (a party of four) went to Xibo on a weekday night and were the first to arrive for dinner. Service was very attentive and personable (but not pushy) and get good marks for proper restaurant service such as pouring champagne without touching the glass and refilling when empty. The waiters are able to speak and understand enough English to take your orders (no, really, they actually speak English).

    The cashew appetizer deserves to be a dessert and all the food the we ordered was top-rate enough to guarantee this restaurant as a regular dining venue. The vegetarian dishes are particularly notable. But... the desserts are phenomenal -- the chocolate tube cake is heavenly and the peach tiramisu is well-done as it is light-fare (there is a tendency to make tiramisu with too much high fat cream).

    Locals dine here as well as a few expats. Decor is slick, contemporary, and artsy with a classy understated look. They were playing 60's funk when we were eating which made the dining experience surreal.
    And the greed has kicked in...
    For Xibo on December 22, 2010
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    MarkusD
    Joined Aug 1, 2008
    Is German
    Posted 1 Reviews
    My bad experience: For groups of ten of more people, now a minimum consumption of RMB 180 per head is asked for. This makes no sense, especially not for such a large group as reaching RMB 1800 with ten people is not possible without heavy drinking, and that is my decision and not theirs to make.

    As with all good places, at some point the greed kicks in...
    Very sad, I will not frequent this place anymore with large groups as I do not support this behavior.

    Food is still great!
    Pleasant surprise
    For Xibo on November 30, 2010
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    emilyinshang
    Joined Nov 30, 2010
    Is American
    Posted 5 Reviews
    I was previously not a huge fan of Xinjiang food, having tried it a couple times in Beijing. But now I am. I'm not sure how authentic this version of Xinjiang is but I loved it. The building the place is in is tacky and you don't expect to get something this good on the 3rd floor of such a building, but I was really impressed by the design of the place... has anyone else ever seen a designer Xinjiang place? Really quite cool, though it could almost have done with more ethnic flare. The food was good, very good considering the prices. The Xibo omelette and eggplant were great. The place was packed when we were there so the service was a but slow but all in all a very good experience for a low price.
    My 1st Xinjiang food - quite nice
    For Xibo on November 17, 2010
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    ShanghaiMinnie
    Joined Dec 27, 2006
    Posted 6 Reviews
    Interesting nice food...

    I haven't tried the REAL authentic Xinjiang food yet, so I wouldn't write down any comments on this food is Xinjian or fusion food of Xinjiang style. let me share my experience of Xibo :)

    Total: approx. 600RMB (5 people)
    Drinks: Xinjian Beer (2 bottles)
    Starter: Eggplants with green and red peppers, Xinjiang style cold Rice glass noodles with spices and sesame sauce, 2 kinds of pancakes/roasted bread, Pan-fried pumkin dumplings
    Main: Big plate of Boneless Chicken, stewed lamb & pumpkin, grilled lamb chops and Beef stew (forgot the name of this dish, but it's with beef, potato and carrots)
    Dessert: Jasmine panacotta, cake

    The ambience of restaurant is quiet nice with comfortable chairs and big enough dining table. The arrangement of dining table is pretty narrow; plus they put 2 sets of dining tables just in front of entrance right next to the waiting area. Who is going to take these table??? Strange!

    The food quality: the starters are surprising great. Eggplant dish was a bit oily but rest of them are not oily and served warm and generous portion with good aroma. The main was excellent; boneless chicken was very tasty, quiet similar as Korean dish called Jimdack (steamed chicken with lots of red peppers and spicy chilly paste) The soup of this dish is good with Xinjiang style bread. Try to have this chicken dish with roasted bread. The Beef stew was in the hot stone(?) pot serving warm. This pot kept the dish warm so we could enjoy the dish warm. Skew... tender and nice! Lamb... I don't eat lamb so i don't know much about it, but all my friends LOVE that lamb chops. Dessert: The cake was not impressive. Panacotta was also just normal dessert, the desserts were not creative or impressive much.

    Afterall, Xibo is good place with friends for something new or different from boring dining in Shanghai. Food is quiet good and price is reasonable. Ready to have spicy food, go for it. Lots of lamb and meat, yes you find the right place. I don't mind to have big group dinner with friends here. Make sure you have a reservation in advance. I recomend this place for good dinner with friends and small group of business dinner if your client is looking for something different and special.
    Bad food + Unwarranted hype
    For Xibo on October 15, 2010
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    missyk
    Joined Oct 25, 2006
    Posted 19 Reviews
    i was very excited to come to xibo-- read the positive reviews, and with my love for xinjiang food, i took my husband and his client (who lived in xinjiang for 5yrs). unfortunately it was a huge, huge disappointment.

    we must have ordered over thirteen dishes, and only one i would say was delicious. almost all were fusion, and not very authentic at all.

    the skewers we ordered were luke warm, they came out way too quick for them to have been cooked upon ordering, and they had very little taste/seasoning. the cashew appetizer was just a can of sweet coconut cream poured on to cashews with golden raisins added. ick! the meat wrappers tasted like weak mexican tacos, and the deep fried golden roll and so sweet, everyone took one bite, and spit it into our napkins. other dishes like the gan lan cai simply were unimpressive. the fried bread w lamb was the only one good dish that was worth mentioning.

    in re to service: when the dishes arrived, we asked the waiters what the dish were. three times the waiter had no idea,and had go and ask.

    to sum up: i don't mind paying more for good food. but unfortunately this place is not worth it at all. if you want a good place for xinjiang food, go to dunhuang on beijing lu/changde lu.
    Suprising
    For Xibo on October 4, 2010
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    alotofit
    Joined May 2, 2009
    Is American
    Posted 15 Reviews
    Being a self-described veteran of the streetcorner muslim noodle-shops, and personally believing I\'d already had the best xinjiang to offer in another xinjiang restaruant (that I will keep to myself), I was pleasantly suprised by xibo. We had the black beer, the xibo bread, the bbq meat platter with beef and lamb, the big xinjiang chicken platter (boneless), the fried xibo bread with lamb, and (oh my god) the cashews with coconut cream.
    The service was good, if not a little confused. Waiters didn\'t seem to be communicating with hosts/managers, but we got seated quickly despite a packed house.
    Everything was up my standards in xinjiang food, the chicken being good, but nothing better than the other xinjiang restaraunts I\'d been to. However there was a real suprise was the cashews. I don\'t expect a lot from an apetizer, but these were a suprise. Don\'t miss this dish. A very large meal for 2 for less than 250rmb. Done and done.

    I\'ll definitely be back, with freinds in tow.
    Xin-What?
    For Xibo on August 30, 2010
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    marduko
    Joined Jun 30, 2009
    Is Chilean
    Posted 8 Reviews
    Well we went a group of 8 for an early dinner at Xibo, really nice to find a restaurant not crowded at 7pm, We ordered a huge selection of the dishes to share, the service was a bit slow I should say, but average in Shanghai, the decor is a kind of Modern Xinjiang Loft somewhere, the terrace is a plus, is great, specially the side overviewing the FCC villa.

    The drinks; we order the Black Sinkiang Beer, pretty good for 15RMB, the Cocktails were, mhh! let them for people like El Cocktail or Constellation, they should make something more original than Mojito, or the Pomegranate cocktail was bland. The Ginger drink with honey too sweet, the wines, many choices but nothing seems too interesting or unique.

    The Food; Lamb, Lamb and Lamb, the lamb was great, the Lamb chops really nice and western friendly spicy. The Noodles a plus, the short noodles with tomato sauce and pepper is a must, the signature dish with the Eggplant(Aubergine) and peppers was ok, not great, needs bit of salt next time, the bread was COLD, and the Chicken Cumin was the favorite of the night.

    Ideal to go with friends, have beers and spicy food in an western friendly environment. I will go again for sure, but just repeat some dishes and the black beer for sure!
    One hour to get 4 dishes
    For Xibo on August 30, 2010
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    chunkybits
    Joined Jul 4, 2007
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Great idea. Take traditional old style restaurant and jazz it up with a funky décor, hike the prices for the privilege and your onto a winner right? WRONG. Friday night 8.30pm sit down for dinner. 8.45pm take order of around 12 dishes. 10pm Ask where the other dishes are as 1 hr 15 minutes later we have had 4 out of the 12 we had ordered. Get told we have had all our dishes. Ask for Bill, tick off the 8 we haven't had (I will say the 4 we did have were bloody good). With no explanation as to why the food didn't come and a half baked apology we are offered a complimentary bottle of wine on our next visit (optimistic at best). Ask for the wine now, get told we can't have the one we had been drinking all night. So give us the cheapest one they had. Leave about 15 minutes later walking past a bar shelf with about 5 bottles of the wine they had none left off. Service - Rubbish. Common Sense - Zero. Food we had - TASTY TASTY TASTY. So if you on a diet and don't mind waiting over an hour this is the place for you. Such a shame. Back to the traditional approach.
    Nice terrace and place for diner
    For Xibo on August 30, 2010
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    aznhell
    Joined Dec 23, 2007
    Posted 10 Reviews
    Was there on Sunday evening for diner, I booked the table and had no delay but it was also a Sunday evening ... less people out for diner.
    We were not that hungry, just order few dishes, and it was really nice, specially the lamb and crispy bread.
    Deserts are better than what I expected : jasmine panacotta(+) and mango sago(-)
    Will come back again, for a drink or diner with friends
    Why did nobody think of this before
    For Xibo on August 30, 2010
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    sifanliang
    Joined Apr 27, 2010
    Posted 4 Reviews
    First and foremost: thank you Mr. St. Cavish for recommending yet another venue that I would have neither found nor walked into. How many restaurants are there in Shanghai? Dunno and yet we are starving for new places like this one. Why did nobody else think of this before? Xinjiang food without the smokey halls and dancing but a tasteful interior with \"Across 110th street\" and \"The Ghetto\" on the play list. If you are a self acclaimed food critic: do not go to newly opened restos and expect a Mr.&Mrs. Bund meets Jean Georges treatment. You might as well complain that the rice took too long at Xin Wang. Do not go to this place if you are an unemplyed laowai who thinks 15RMB for a sinkiang is too pricey. On a sunday night the place was great. Three out of four dishes were fab and when we mentioned that one was not really OK the lady who turned out to be the owner was super kind. There is a place on Nandan Lu on the corner to Tianyaoqiao Lu. Great meat, massive portions, super good, super loud, way too bright. I love Xibo. For being brave and trying something new and for creating an inviting space with good food. Good on you guys.
    Can't handle bookings
    For Xibo on August 30, 2010
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    paulgd
    Joined Aug 29, 2010
    Is Australian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I don\'t mind waiting a little while at a restaurant when I\'ve made a booking. I understand that previous patrons could take longer than expected. We were a table of 4 that booked for 9:30 and weren\'t seated for almost an hour, that\'s way too long. There was a group of 15 that had booked for 9:00 who still weren\'t seated by the time we had ordered. Plus a few other people waiting around for tables.
    Even while we were waiting we couldn\'t be given an estimate of the amount of time. If we\'d know it was going to be that long we would have gone elsewhere, but at least we might have come back again another night to try again.
    The food was ok, not brilliant. The biggest down fall was the overly tough bread & wraps; and there was no outstanding dishes to counter this disappointment. It\'s a new place so it would be interesting to see what other people think of it in a month or so; but the service was so bad that it won\'t be me who is going be testing it out again.
    More a bar than a restaurant
    For Xibo on August 29, 2010
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    arabella
    Joined Aug 24, 2007
    Posted 15 Reviews
    We booked a table in advanced and when we arrived we found that our table was basically in the corridor, near the door. That was the first mistake for me, if you are fully booked please say so....The place was packed and the staff was kind of lost. We ordered 2 bottle of water, one arrived frozen and the other was hot...we complained but those were the last 2 bottles of water so there was much they could do. Our table which was in the waiting area was very noisy and we could not hear ourselves talking, on top of that it was freezing inside but they could not do anything because air con is centralized...We ordered the food, waited 30 min or so but as I said the place was fully booked and I think there were problems in the kitchen so I asked if I could cancel my order and pay...the waitress said that the skewers that we ordered were ready so we go those ( cold and meet quality was the same as the ones you get on the street with the main difference that the one you get on the street are hot and juicy) , we paid and we went somewhere else.
    Maybe it was a bad night but I won't come back again. Overall I will stick with the traditional Xinjiang restaurants.
    Really nice xinjiang food
    For Xibo on August 25, 2010
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    shanghai_smart
    Joined Dec 23, 2008
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Got recommend from a friend, this xinjiang restaurant is really nice! Xinjiang food is interesting, but all the restaurants in Shanghai are kind of greasy. But this one..the deco is simple but classy, and the pieces on the wall are really interesting. Introduced by their staff, they all came from Xibo minority ethnic. However, still feel the restaurant still lack of bit decoration. The food is fantastic, present in a modern way, but kept it original. And the price is very reasonable. Surprise to find this place.

    Definitely a nice place to hang out with friends.
    Swanky Xinjiang!
    For Xibo on August 2, 2010
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    aodaliyaren
    Joined Aug 29, 2008
    Is Australian
    Posted 5 Reviews
    Totally agree with the previous review.

    I popped by Xibo on Saturday night for a pre-party dinner. Its location is good, although it is in an odd building. Arriving in the restaurant is very pleasant surprise: it\'s possibly the only Xinjiang restaurant I would ever go on a date at.

    It has a brief, but comprehensive and well-priced menu, a decent wine-list, and eager service. There is even a decent dessert-menu.

    The food arrives quickly and is beautifully presented. All the dishes were great, although the beef tenderloin was kind of \"meh.\"

    Get a group or just go on a date, order wide, enjoy the boneless(!) meat, and soak up the tasteful ambiance.

    It\'s probably around 10% more than most Xinjiang restaurants, but is worth the extra price.
    Great surprise
    For Xibo on July 29, 2010
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    rasmus
    Joined Apr 7, 2009
    Is Swedish
    Posted 3 Reviews
    I must have been one of their first guests, as they just opened. But they seem up and running already. Xibo was a delightful surprise. Xinjiang restaurants are usually brightly lit, tacky golden interior (kind of fun though), shifting quality of food and cheap. This one was equally cheap, but very elegant (kind of like Shintori but for Xinjiang food), with high quality food. I recognized several dishes, as I love Xinjiang food, but then there were lots of new ones. I assume as this isn\'t the typical Muslim Xinjiang restaurant, but from Xibo. They have a very interesting smoked/grilled pepper, that tastes like fire. I don\'t know what it is called, but it has to be tried!
    They also have a terrace, which I can imagine will make a great after work drink area.
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