Xibo

Shanghai Daily - - FEATURE -

is a mod­ern res­tau­rant that brings an un­par­al­leled level of fresh­ness and style to the Xin­jiang din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The place gets its name from its owner’s ori­gins among the Xibo peo­ple, a lit­tle-known Tun­gu­sic eth­nic group in the Xin­jiang Uygur Au­tonomous Re­gion. They were ex­iled to Xin­jiang from Manchuria hun­dreds of years ago and have de­vel­oped a food style that is a so­phis­ti­cated blend of Silk Road food cul­tures.

The owner has brought with him many in­ter­est­ing eth­nic items, such as the cloth shirt that Xibo women wear af­ter get­ting mar­ried, dozens of dif­fer­ent kinds of hats from var­i­ous places and eth­nic groups in Xin­jiang, and Xibo mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, which are all ex­hib­ited ar­tis­ti­cally in the res­tau­rant.

A stone wall, with nu­mer­ous small plat­forms, stands tall at the end of the venue and adds more ex­otic fla­vor to the res­tau­rant. It is a replica of what is used to place and dry grapes in Xin­jiang. The venue’s large bal­cony is a plus and a great spot for evening drinks.

The menu of­fers a com­bi­na­tion of light dishes from the Xibo eth­nic group and Xin­jiang clas­sics. Highly rec­om­mended is the beef with mixed veg­eta­bles (58 yuan/ US$ 9), with the rather po­etic Chi­nese name feng chui cao di xian niu yang, lit­er­ally mean­ing that sheep and cows are seen in large groups as the wind blows long grasses lower.

The res­tau­rant has re­cently launched its after­noon tea sets with cof­fee/ tea, snacks, breads, dessert and fruits for 48 yuan (two snack dishes), 58 yuan (three dishes) and 68 yuan (four dishes). After­noon tea is avail­able 2:30pm to 5pm.

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