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Clean delicious dining for family trip to shanghai and Beijing - please comment on my restaurant list

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Clean delicious dining for family trip to shanghai and Beijing - please comment on my restaurant list

mlin1 | Oct 3, 2011 07:17 PM

I will be traveling with my family for three days in shanghai and five days in Beijing for the first time. My husband and I usually love street food and hole in the wall cheap restaurants but this time we are traveling with my three year old daughter so we are looking for restaurants that are family friendly, authentic, and delicious. All of us eat almost anything (my daughter too). We will be avoiding restaurants that have long waits or no reservation policy, heavy smoking, dirty bathrooms (my daughter is only partially toilet trained), and limited barstool seating (not safe for a squirmy toddler), and hard to find or farther than 15 min cab ride from our hotel. We don't mind paying a little extra for great food with good clean ambience (Din tai fung is a perfect example)

We will be staying in shanghai in xintiandi. Our expat friends are taking us to Fook Lam Moon and Hyatt Bund. We have one dinner and one lunch left and i am trying to decide between old Jesse, Xin Jishi ( in Xintiandi), Di shui dong, and din tai fung (is this any different than DTF in Taipei or Seattle? Is there a big difference between old Jishi and xinjishi?

In Beijing we are on our own for five days, staying at grand hyatt next to the forbidden city. Here is my list. I would really love any suggestions or comments. Or any must-order dishes at each restaurant

Duck: da dong, made in china (prob will do both since we are staying in the hyatt)
dumplings: Bao Yuan Jiaoxi Wu, Xianr Lao Man, Din Tai Fung (different menu from shanghai?)
Muslim : Crescent moon
Noodles: Noodle Loft or old Beijing Zhiajiang Noodle King
Fusion: Bei or My Humble House
Sichuan: Yu Xin, South Beauty, or Chuan Ban
dim sum: Lei Garden
Other: Jia Yi Yuan, Na Jia Xiao Guan, Ding Ding Xiang, Dali

Many thanks in advance!

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Lei Garden
IFC Mall, Hong Kong , HK

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