Restaurants in Shanghai serving the best birds
Who doesn’t love a good Sunday roast? Now you can get these juicy birds any day of the week. Here is a list of restaurants in Shanghai where you can get the best rotisserie chicken.
The birds at Dodu are gigantic, plump and raised free-range. They use every part of the chicken but the cluck, even the drippings which are delicious over roasted potatoes. The price for a whole chicken with four sides and four sauces is RMB268 or if it’s just you, grab a quarter for RMB68. Also, be sure to try Dodu’s sandwiches and their chicken rillettes. They’ve also been awarded by NGO CIWF (Compassion in World Farming) for having the “Best Chicken” and for their high proccurement standards and commitment for animal welfare. Delivery and takeaway available.
Address: 81 Changshu Lu (near Julu Lu) 常熟路81号 (近 巨鹿路)
This Peruvian-style rotisserie serves, by far, the juiciest birds of the bunch. That’s because of a 24-hour marination before they roast them over hardwood charcoal. The intense heat makes the liberally peppered skin taut and crisp, hermetically sealing all the juices and flavor inside. For (RMB58) you get a quarter chicken, side, salad and drink. Try it with their Peruvian cilantro. Delivery available.
Address: 326 Panyu Lu (near Fahuazhen Lu) 番禺路326 号 (近法华镇路)
Shanghai Republik is better known for its Mojitos and Caprioskas. That will soon change, though, because the chickens here are excellent. The fragrance of rosemary suffuses the tender juicy bird, and it’s wrapped up like a delicious gift in a crispy skin. A whole chicken plus sides and sauces goes for RMB218. Delivery service starts this summer under the name Pop Chicken Rotisserie.
Address: 418 Dagu Lu (near Shimen Yi Lu) 大沽路418号 (近石门一路)
Across from the Avocado Lady on Wulumuqi Zhong Lu is a small shop called “My Butchery,” selling meat, sausages, cheese and you guessed it, rotisserie. They marinade their birds in a combination of spices for 24 hours before cooking them. They make it a point to use spring chickens to ensure that the flavor permeates all throughout the bird. While the meat is flavorful, it is also a bit greasy. We recommend going for the chicken sandwich (RMB58) with lettuce, tomato, avocado and mayo on a panini; perfect for a quick lunch. They also have another location that just opened in the Ruihong Tiandi mall in Hongkou.
Address: 315 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu (near Fuxing Xi Lu) 乌鲁木齐中路315号 (近复兴西路)
Heat is the new chick in town. This casual diner is serving up French-style rotisserie with a Peruvian chef at the helm, Hugo Rodriguez. Can’t beat that. Get a whole chicken (RMB188) or go for the combo set (RMB245), which includes four sauces and four sides. While we weren’t fans of most of the sauces, the chicken jus was the most flavorful out of all the restaurants on this list. They offer delivery but we recommend getting your butt off the couch and dragging yourself in for the surprisingly refreshing cocktails. Be sure to save room for the beignets or the French toast.
Address: 199 Maoming Bei Lu (near Weihai Lu) 茂名北路199号 (近威海路)
Good ol’ City Shop. This one boils down to “you get what you pay for.” For (RMB38) you get a “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” version of a chicken. This spring chicken tastes just like the one you would get in a deli back home. Perfect for those rare nights when you decide to “cook”. Shred it and put it on a salad, chop it up for chicken soup or just eat it right out of the plastic container. You don’t even have to leave home. They deliver.
Find it: www.cityshop.com.cn