Lotus Eatery is a Yunnan restaurant in Shanghai that does delicious food at honest prices. It is an extremely popular restaurant favored by both locals and expats.
If you ask any expat where their favorite Yunnan restaurant is in Shanghai, chances are they’ll say Lotus Eatery.
Yunnan Food at Lotus Eatery
Yunnan cuisine is vastly varied. The province is in southwestern China and borders Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Tibet, as well as Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar. Yunnan province is also one of the most ethnically diverse provinces in China.
Lotus Eatery does a fine job to capture the best of what the province has to offer. One of the most popular dishes and requisite orders is the rubing, a soft, light cheese made from goat’s milk, which is then pan-fried and served with dipping condiments. Others highlights include mashed potato flavored with spring onions and chili, fried kidney beans, and Miao-style fried fish. (The restaurant and selection is also endorsed by my Yunnan-native friends.)
Below are photos, dish names, and tasting notes to help with your order!
Need To Knows
The restaurant isn’t very large, but the space is certainly maximized. Weekends are packed to the gills with diners and there’s usually a waiting line. And they usually don’t take reservations for peak hours on weekends. There are a few round tables and private rooms for large groups of 8 to sometimes 18 at a squeeze. Chinese-English menus with photos for to help those uninitiated.
Address: 1112 Dingxi Lu, near Wuyi Lu 定西路1112号, 近武夷路