“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

The Mayflower – the go-to joint for Cantonese Food on old Shanghai’s Love Lane in the 1930s…

Posted: June 19th, 2019 | No Comments »

Let’s hit the Mayflower Restaurant – Cantonese Food served in a foreign style (which, I suspect, meant western cutlery as opposed to any particularly different dishes – though invariably a little chop suey was added to the menu to attract the Americans).

Right there on Love Lane (see my previous posts on this now sadly totally destroyed but once charming – and by once I mean, still so into the early twenty first century) by the Santa Anna dance hall, Van’s Dutch Inn and a host of other hostelries, bars, dance halls and a bordello or two. Wukiang Road became Wujiang Road. The food stall lunch time and night market many will remember still operating in the 1990s was bulldozed, crappy chains poliferated, ugly tower blocks and then finally, in the late 2000s, the eastern end of the street, that had hung on for some time, was trashed too.

The Roxy was next to the old Marines Club on Bubbling Well Road (now Nanjing Xi Lu, and still hanging on. After the war I think the Mayflower became the Diana Cafe (but could be wrong there), popular with GIs.

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