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Bao Luo, Shanghai

271 Fumin Lu
China 200040
Tel: 86 21 5403 7239's insider take:

Marked only by a tiny "BL" on a red neon sign, this brightly lit, bi-level French Concession dim sum joint is so popular that locals will wait hours for a table. Stop by for lunch and enjoy the crab and pork meatballs, sweet-and-sour fish topped with pine nuts, and crisp-tender steamed broccoli. The menu includes English translations, but be ready for some surprises—the "shredded chicken" is actually a pigeon served in several pieces, including the head. Make a reservation and bring cash—credit cards aren't accepted.

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