Add:3/F, 83 Changshu Rd.
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Crowded and noisy Xinjiang restaurants are abundant but Xibo Grill is chic, pleasant and upscale. It's the city's first eatery featuring lighter food of the Xibo minority, with creative flourishes. It goes beyond kebabs, which are delicious. The restaurant is decorated in a somewhat industrial, minimalist style, with ethnic items collected from antiques markets in western China. Co-founded by Xibo native Kuo Xinrui and an American service industry executive, the restaurant aims to upgrade Xinjiang dining to match the tastes and requirements of expat customers. Unlike the usually spicy Xinjiang fare in the city, the menu at Xibo offers a fresher, lighter flavor by adding traditional vegetable dishes of the Xibo people. Uygur lamb classics combined with Central Asian spices and fresh vegetables from the northern farmlands make for a unique dining experience. Signature dishes include fried Uygur bread with lamb, onion, cumin and chilies (38 yuan); grilled lamb chops (58 yuan); and Xibo omelette (45 yuan). The owner says she is committed to helping the community in West China; 1 percent of the revenue or 25 percent of profits is to be donated to selected charities working on environmental and development issues in Xinjiang.