MIT Catering (麻省理功)
Tianjin Road No. 258, Shanghai, China
MIT Catering (麻省理功) Shanghai Reviews
Fantastic Fish Dish in Shanghai Nov 15, 2014
The Shanghai metropolis has a lot of places to eat, and many styles of eating too as China has about Eight types of culinary cuisines: Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan, and Zhejiang. MIT Catering seems to fall in the Szechuan type. MIT Catering is the name of the place on the door, so you can find it that way. The business card has four addresses in Shanghai listed under "MIT Catering Company" and I provide a scan of the card. They are (for reference):
1.) Zhonghuaxin Road, Zhabei Districy, Shanghai, No. 567
2.) Lan cun Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, No. 1486
3.) Tian Jin Road, Huang Pu District, Shanghai, No. 258
4.) Room 504, No. 600 Handan Road, Wanda Plaza, Yang Pu District, Shanghai
The one I review here is #3 and it is located in the vicinity of East Nanjing Road metro station. I offer a scan of the menu too and fish is the main dish here, but other options available as well. Me and my companions had a couple of the fish dishes (Sea Bass & Flounder) with appropriate seasoning choices (10 available) and there are side dishes too (16 available). You basically make your meal this way. I don't know what I was expecting, but not what came to the table - it was way beyond my expectations!
This was, without a doubt, the best meal I had in Shanghai. You have to experience it to really appreciate this and maybe my photos do some justice to the food here and entice you to try it when in Shanghai. It is simply outstanding in size, taste and price. For the two fish bowls, 5 seasonings, side dishes of rice and three big Tsingtao beers, it came to 323 RMB (~$50 USD), which fed four people heartily, but could have accommodated more probably. This is a great kind of meal for a group of hungry people and a conversation piece too!
I highly recommend this place, or one of the others like it if they are of the same style and quality. The decor inside is quite simple with wooden floors, wooden tables and colored glass partitions. The surroundings are cramped, but one hardly notices in the intimate atmosphere. The only drawback might be the load music, but just sit in an area away from the speakers and it just fades into the background after a while. All my dining companions agreed - this was quite the exceptional meal, and authentically Chinese Szechuan style!
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