Post-Spring-Festival Weekend: Shanghai Eats

Saturday, February 13th 2016:

After landing at Hongqiao Airport, we straightly went to our Hostel, Captain Youth Hostel, our go to place when in Shanghai. On our way there, we were looking up restaurants where we could have dinner. On tripadvisor, I looked for the best restaurants in Shanghai, and I was surprised to see that a turkish restaurant, Efes Restaurant, was rated as the best restaurant in Shanghai. Ana was interested too, so we decided to go there later for dinner.

It was a bit hard to find, but we finally made it. It is in the Lujiazui area and it looks really fancy from outside with high glass windows and doors.

Inside, the waiters were all chinese, at least that’s what I thought, so I spoke english with them.
We ordered our food and before our food arrived, the owner of the restaurant also came to our table to wish us an enjoyable meal. I knew he had to be turkish, so I talked in turkish with him and he was surprised. He was really nice and friendly and wanted to ensure us a perfect service. when the asian-looking waiter came to bring us our food later on, he asked me, in TURKISH, why I didn’t talk turkish  earlier? We would have gotten a better service. “Better than that??” I thought, but only said: “I didn’t know you could speak turkish. Where did you learn it?” and he said he learned it at school. I was a bit confused by that so I asked: “Oh really? I didn’t know they teach turkish at schools here in China”. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that because he went like this: “I am not from China. I am from Kyrgyzstan. Do I look chinese?” And as though it wasn’t already enough, I said “yes”. I think this was one of the most embarrassing moments I had in China :’D Luckily, he didn’t seem to be insulted.

After this surprising turn of events, we finally could indulge in our food. We both ordered Pide, the turkish version of Pizza.

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We also had some side dishes as hummus, turkish sheep cheese with tomatos, and an eggplant salad. After that, we got dessert on the house. That was really nice of the restaurant owner. We still talked with him after we finished our meal. He imported almost all the food from Turkey or western Asia. He then asked me how we found out about the restaurant, so I told him about the number one rating on tripadvisor, and he told me that many visitors come to the restaurant because they see it on tripadvisor.

It was a lovely evening, but we returned to the hostel after dinner because we were really tired.

Sunday, February 14th 2016:

We woke up a bit late that morning and went to have brunch at a cafe/restaurant called Kathleen’s Waitan which is located on the Bund and has an amazing brunch menu and yummy looking drinks. I ordered the poached eggs with salmon, tea, and for dessert a chocolate lava cake <3 Everything was super delicious, and the service, again, was one of the best I had in China.

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After our amazing lunch, we slowly had to return to the train station to catch our train back to Yuyao.

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Here is a picture of Hongqiao train station. All train stations in China look like this. Basically, a small airport in Europe :’D

We had an amazing Spring Festival trip in Sichuan, fuelled with cuteness and adventures. Our short stay in Shanghai was pretty amazing, too, especially foodwise.

This was not the last trip I had in China yet. There are still many more to come, including my amazing trip to Beijing and wonderful Xi’An. So, stay tuned for those.

Thank you all for reading and travelling with me.

Merveille.

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