One of these days I will get around to posting more complete listing of Shanghai but thought I would report on this find.
The place is called Lin Hai Edible Fungi restaurant. (ÁÖº£Ò°Éú¹½). This is a hotpot joint specializing in mushrooms. The stock used for the hot pot is made up of over twenty different kinds of mushrooms boiled for 24 hours. They have an incredibly wide selection of fresh mushrooms on the menu to cook up in the hotpot. While they have other hot pot standbys such as beef, veggies, fish head, chicken, etc. The stars of the show are the mushrooms. I have been there a couple times now, and on one occasion spoke with the owner who spoke very passable English and seems to have spent some time abroad so language problems shouldn¡¯t be too much of a factor. I have always been treated so have not seen the menu so I don¡¯t know if they have an English one or not ¨C but there is no doubt always the reliable pointing method. A massive hot pot for 4 people will come to something like 200 kuai. They also have mushroom tea and a nice clean beer from I believe FuJian.
The catch is that its kinda out there, although for those in HongQiao / gu bei it would be very convenient. Its on Shui Cheng LuË®³ÇÂ· right off of Hong Qiao lu (ºçÇÅÂ·) (near the gubei carrefour). Official address is Ë®³ÇÂ· 12-20 ºÅºÍÆ½¹ã³¡2Â¥. But its basically on shui cheng lu a little on your right after turning off of hongqiao lu set back in a compound(strip mall) that also has an Indian, Italian, and Korean restaurants of untested quality. For those who take the bus I would use 911 from HuaiHai lu or 925/936 from people¡¯s square/yan an lu. If driving I would use yan an lu to the hong xu lu exit and back track down hong qiao lu.