Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing’an. If you’re looking for good KBBQ downtown that’s just as good as the ones in K-town, this is it. Opens till late.

Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Located on the corner of Yuyao Lu near Tacolicious, Fafu is bustling restaurant that specializes in Korean barbecue. The queue for dinner starts forming when it opens at 5pm—numbers are doled out and guests usually wait about on the ground floor.

Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

They don’t take reservations. Though, I’m not saying it’s impossible—you can try calling.

You could aim for a later seating, after 8:30pm. The wait time will be greatly reduced or you’ll have no wait at all. You could just take a number and grab a drink around the corner (Tacolicious or Glory) in the meantime. Also, Korean owner-operator Jacob is at Fafu every night to ensure things go off without a hitch. Though, he’ll mostly be busy running service.

Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
“That tall dude” refers to Jacob.

The main dining area is on the second floor. Each table has a dedicated grill. Seating is mostly for groups of four or six. There’s also a private room for 10, or 12 at a squeeze.

The Food

Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

It’s inexpensive, extremely good Korean barbecue—Iberico pork, high quality beef, attentive service. As some of my dining companions and regulars of Fafu say, it is almost as good as the ones in K-town but located in Jing’an. Also, unlike most KBBQ restaurants in K-town, Fafu is open until late.

Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Of course, you have the requisite banchan, which can be topped up, gratis.
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Each person gets a dipping tray with seven-spice, salt, and fermented bean sauce.

The menu is pretty straight-forward. A range of cuts for beef and pork, plus side dishes, a couple noodle dishes, some stews, and a ton of sojus. If you haven’t had Korean barbecue (this is unlikely), just order 70% meats and 30% sides, and pair that with crisp beer and/or soju.

Here’s what you should order:

Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Meat. Lots of it.
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Beef Assortment Platter (¥328, 450g) of four kinds of beef, including ribs, lateral ribs, brisket, and top blade. Great for sussing out which cuts you like best so you can top up later on.
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Don’t worry about cooking it yourself. Fafu has plenty of servers who will take care of you. If you’re impatient, they won’t feel offended if you take over.
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Additional recommendations: Iberico Rib Fingers (¥128, 150g), Sirloin (¥258, 150g), Beef Ribs (¥98, 130g).
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Pork Belly (¥168, 350g) – A whole slab of Iberico pork belly cooked until golden brown.
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
The smell that’ll stick to your clothes after dinner is absolutely worth it.
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
You should order two other things to pair with your meats: tacos (¥15) and roasted cheese (¥38).
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Because you can do this.

As for side dishes, here’s what you should order:

Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Stir-Fried Squid (¥68) – Tender squid fried in a mix of gochujiang and spices. It’s mild to medium-spicy for me.
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Seafood Leek Pancake (¥58), served with a garlic-chili soya sauce.
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Steamed Egg (¥38)
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Kimchi Stew (¥48)
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Beef Jjapaguri (¥45) – Beef noodles, in case you need some carbs.
Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Korean Ice Noodles (¥45) – Stringy, chewy, sweet potato noodles in frozen beef soup with egg and shredded vegetables. I’ve written about this dish here.

As for drinks, there’s a dozen sojus, traditional and flavored, Korean sake, fruit wines, beer (¥30/Cass beer), and soft drinks. There are also Soju Slushies (¥42), bottles that have placed in the freezer to ice up, and are traditionally hammered (on the base) to “loosen” them. Soju Slushies are available in six flavors, watermelon, peach, green grape, grapefruit, raspberry, and calamansi. The price of a non-slushie soju is the same.

Fafu is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Come March, Fafu has plans to expand with a second downtown location on Dagu Lu.

There you have it, the answer to: “What’s a good Korean barbecue in (downtown) Shanghai?”


Fafu 发福韩家
Address: 10 Yuyao Lu, near Xikang Lu 余姚路10号, 近西康路
Tel: 13764716707
Hours: Sun-Thu, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-2am