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Cheng Cheng's Art Salon

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...
2008-10-13 12:10:00

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) cuisines.

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

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