I quite like seafood and when I lived in Beijing I regularly went to a very good Cantonese seafood place for my fix of shrimp, lobster, scallops, steamed fish, razor clams and crab. After 5 years in Shanghai I never really bothered trying to find a replacement until one opened right on my doorstep.
It’s called Ah Yat (阿一) and it’s a very authentic Cantonese chain where they have water tanks stocked full of fresh live seafood that you can just choose and discuss with the chef how you want him to cook it.
The thing with seafood is it tends to be more expensive than regular meat and vegetables, so it’s not something you can have every day. However, they seem to be having an amazing promotion right now – choose from a choice of six items and you can have 2 items for 98 rmb, 3 for 128 rmb or what I selected, 4 items for 168 rmb. What an amazing bargain. I went for the shrimp (500g so a very generous amount), black pepper crab, a whole steamed turbot and just to mix it up a bit, the roasted pigeon. On top of that, I added a portion of green vegetables and some steamed scallops with garlic and that basically made for a seafood feast for 2. Total cost was 306 rmb (they gave us an additional 12% discount).
The place is located at the very end of Huaihai Road just before it intersects with Renmin Road. The building houses a Japanese shabu shabu restaurant and a club, but seems to be fairly unknown right now, so the seafood place generally isn’t too busy. Get in there while you still can!
49 Huai Hai East Road
East Huai Hai International Building, 3rd Floor
Tel : 6333 6188