Food reviews - Shanghai, Uncategorized LITTLE HUIA 22 September 2010


Little Huia
403 Dagu Lu (???403?)
Shanghai, China

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Little Huia opened up right outside our apartment just a few weeks ago and we were overjoyed! This little New Zealand brasserie answers our prayers of a decent Western restaurant in the area and boasts very polite and attentive staff. The menu offers up a selection of New Zealand seafood and meats. Prices for mains start at 90RMB and go up to around 250RMB (from memory) which is slightly on the pricey side on a street that offers a lot of cheap eats.

However, it’s worth checking out the Daily blackboard specials, which are extensive and are EXCELLENTLY priced! A stellar Steak Sandwich for 60RMB with tender chunks of beef and caramelised onions, and a Salmon Fettuccine (50RMB) with tendrils of fat pasta (though a tad skimpy on the salmon) went down very well. We also shared a Salami Pizza (60RMB) which was tasty, but the base reminded us of store-bought crust and not freshly-made pizza crust.


Little Huia

Blackboard daily specials and an assortment of New Zealand wines

Steak Sandwich

Salmon Fettuccine

Salami Pizza

Their All-Day Breakfast is a stunner, especially since it’s “buy 1 get 1 free” from 8 – 11AM – woohoo!! The Spinach and free-range egg breakfast tart (40RMB) is done exactly in New Zealand style – a thin, light buttery base encasing actual real spinach! Usually spinach tarts are merely egg with bits of minced spinach, so it was impressive that this tart came with actual spinach. The roasted grape tomatoes on top were sweet and juicy, the perfect accompaniment to the savory tart.


Spinach and free-range egg breakfast tart


The Eggs Benedict (50RMB) were declared “delicious” and with good value to boot. But of course, I’m most interested in the New Zealand Fish & chips. When we went, they had sold out of their supply of fish, but had Japanese snapper, and we were happy to try that out. Glad we did, because the fish & chips were outstanding. Beautifully beer-battered and crisp, with moist fish on the inside. We would’ve liked double the portion of chips, though – chips make everything better IMHO!


Eggs Benedict

Fish & Chips

We tried the Blueberry pancakes with fruit, tatua mascarpone, manuka honey (40RMB) and whilst we enjoyed the unusual (and delectable) toppings, the pancakes weren’t as moist and fluffy as we would have hoped, and we had to ask for extra honey since the amount drizzled on was almost non-existent. A shared Chocolate Muffin (15RMB) went down well, though it was a little on the basic side (probably made with mostly cocoa powder and not actual rich melted chocolate). However, for the price, it was still not bad.. could have done with a luscious scoop of Vanilla bean ice cream though 🙂 A lovely glass of New Zealand pinot noir was very well-received and at 40RMB, excellently priced.


Blueberry pancakes with fruit, tatua mascarpone, manuka honey

Chocolate Muffin

Don’t forget to try their luscious Illy coffees, beautifully presented and the perfect way to cap off your meal. We’ll be back to try out more of Little Huia’s goodies, since they’re in such a convenient location. Lovely ambience, and I am most definitely having that fish & chips again!


Iced chocolate, Illy coffee


46 Comments

  • starbucksweetie posted on September 22, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Interesting, I never thought of New Zealand of having their own cuisine.

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    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 7:58 am

      It’s a country, so for sure they’d have their own cuisine 🙂

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      • crimson_seven posted on September 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

        I’m not going to lie, I never thought of it either. When I think “New Zealand food” I think like…Maori. But it was settled by European countries, right? Do you know offhand which countries have influenced the culture/food the most?

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        • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm

          I suppose Australian food since the produce is so similar and we’re right next to each other 😛

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  • oo_mimi_oo posted on September 22, 2010 at 4:43 am

    omg everything looks delicious!

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    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

      We’re so pleased a lovely western place has popped up right where we live – yay!!

      Reply
  • rainingumbrella posted on September 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Starbucksweetie – me neither! But it looks gooooood. (Definitely pricey, though!)

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    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      I reckon the pricing’s pretty reasonable for western food.. esp when compared to Nova across the road from them – their prices are crazy, eek!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on September 22, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Interesting, I never thought of New Zealand of having their own cuisine.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 7:58 am

      It’s a country, so for sure they’d have their own cuisine 🙂

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      • crimson_seven posted on September 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

        I’m not going to lie, I never thought of it either. When I think “New Zealand food” I think like…Maori. But it was settled by European countries, right? Do you know offhand which countries have influenced the culture/food the most?

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        • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm

          I suppose Australian food since the produce is so similar and we’re right next to each other 😛

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  • tiffanyx posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    seriously, shanghai has got ALL sorts of food eh!

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    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      Hehe so true.. it’s like SG in that respect, thankfully!

      Reply
  • joni_to0622 posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I would definitely want to have fish & chips now! I haven’t had that for a LONG time!!

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    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

      ONe of my fave foods, hehe. I’d have it twice a week if I could!

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  • oo_mimi_oo posted on September 22, 2010 at 4:43 am

    omg everything looks delicious!

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    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

      We’re so pleased a lovely western place has popped up right where we live – yay!!

      Reply
  • carorules posted on September 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Wow those coffee look amazing!

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    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 11:57 pm

      I loooved my iced choc, gonna go back for that 😛

      Reply
  • rainingumbrella posted on September 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Starbucksweetie – me neither! But it looks gooooood. (Definitely pricey, though!)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      I reckon the pricing’s pretty reasonable for western food.. esp when compared to Nova across the road from them – their prices are crazy, eek!

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    seriously, shanghai has got ALL sorts of food eh!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      Hehe so true.. it’s like SG in that respect, thankfully!

      Reply
  • joni_to0622 posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I would definitely want to have fish & chips now! I haven’t had that for a LONG time!!

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    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

      ONe of my fave foods, hehe. I’d have it twice a week if I could!

      Reply
  • marmalade81 posted on September 22, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I want that breakfast tart *yummm*

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    • beverly posted on September 23, 2010 at 12:13 am

      It was really healthy too, considering it was yum!

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  • carorules posted on September 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Wow those coffee look amazing!

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    • beverly posted on September 22, 2010 at 11:57 pm

      I loooved my iced choc, gonna go back for that 😛

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 23, 2010 at 3:29 am

    For a NZ’er who misses home I will have to try this place out. I actually agree with what people have said, it would be hard to define what New Zealand cuisine is compared to countries like China, Japan, Italy etc. I myself find it quite hard to describe NZ food when people ask me.

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    • beverly posted on September 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

      I just say it’s like Aussie food, it’s what it’s closest too IMHO ‘cos of the fresh seafood and lamb/beef. It’s yum 🙂

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  • marmalade81 posted on September 22, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I want that breakfast tart *yummm*

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    • beverly posted on September 23, 2010 at 12:13 am

      It was really healthy too, considering it was yum!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 23, 2010 at 3:29 am

    For a NZ’er who misses home I will have to try this place out. I actually agree with what people have said, it would be hard to define what New Zealand cuisine is compared to countries like China, Japan, Italy etc. I myself find it quite hard to describe NZ food when people ask me.

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    • beverly posted on September 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

      I just say it’s like Aussie food, it’s what it’s closest too IMHO ‘cos of the fresh seafood and lamb/beef. It’s yum 🙂

      Reply
  • exhileration posted on September 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    mmmm wish I read this while we were in Shanghai!! Looks super yummy!!

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    • beverly posted on September 24, 2010 at 1:30 am

      They only opened a few weeks ago so not sure if you were here?

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      • exhileration posted on September 25, 2010 at 1:32 am

        Maybe not! We arrived on the 15th and left on the 18th 🙁 I miss Shanghai! Next time we’re there we’ll try it!

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  • exhileration posted on September 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    mmmm wish I read this while we were in Shanghai!! Looks super yummy!!

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    • beverly posted on September 24, 2010 at 1:30 am

      They only opened a few weeks ago so not sure if you were here?

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      • exhileration posted on September 25, 2010 at 1:32 am

        Maybe not! We arrived on the 15th and left on the 18th 🙁 I miss Shanghai! Next time we’re there we’ll try it!

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  • azuredrifting posted on September 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    sounds good, i’d go if they open one in australia hehe i read the waldorf astoria opened in shanghai, it sounded wonderful, will you be trying out anything?

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    • beverly posted on September 27, 2010 at 12:28 am

      Yeah, not sure if their restaurant’s good but if it is we’ll check it out!

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  • azuredrifting posted on September 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    sounds good, i’d go if they open one in australia hehe i read the waldorf astoria opened in shanghai, it sounded wonderful, will you be trying out anything?

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    • beverly posted on September 27, 2010 at 12:28 am

      Yeah, not sure if their restaurant’s good but if it is we’ll check it out!

      Reply

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