100% RECOMMENDED... First off, normally I do not like food tours. I find them cheesy, often lacking information, and, even more lacking in actual food. BUT THIS TOUR was PERFECT! I met Jim (plan your location early as it can be confusing for some) and we were off to wander around the French Concession neighborhood. Since he only does small groups, it was great to chat with him (for me I was lucky to be the only one!). He explained so many things about the food, why people seek it out and the challenges and opportunities within Shanghai regarding the cuisine. I was stuffed by time we were done, thank goodness there was a good amount of walking between a few of the stops. I also learned about the neighborhoods and communities we were walking through. Some of it was already covered on a prior walking tour - so I could have almost done this tour alone and learn so much about "Local Shanghai".
I 100% recommend this tour with Jim - or even the night tour. It's definitely more "brunch" than breakfast but the food was amazing! ((And for all you picky eaters out there - there was nothing really "adventerous" about the food, just good local Shanghai cuisine.)) ((For those adventerous eaters, perhaps ask Jim in advance and maybe he would find a thing or two!))