Cheng Cheng's Art Salon
continues the trend of variety on Donghu Lu -- a street until quite recently known for its abundance of all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurants -- and settles in with Spanish (El Willy
), Korean (Korean House
) and South East Asian (Mojo
Cheng Cheng's stands out with vibrant blue walls at the entrance and large carvers chairs in the front window. From the outside, it looks a bit cluttered, but upon entering a large space presents itself to guests. The restaurant is adorned with a mix of old Shanghai decorations and modern chandeliers, and on each wall a large painting awaits a buyer. To the untrained eye (specifically, MY untrained eye), it's all quite spectacular.
With a gramophone softly playing old Chinese opera in the background to the accompaniment of crickets chirping (what's that about?), diners indulge in the Shanghai tang-style atmosphere replete with opulent tableware and scrumptious Shanghainese staples.
We tried the drunken chicken for starters, then moved straight to the mains: the old duck soup with bamboo was one of my favorites for the night, as was the saut