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Posted by Jean on 03/13/2008
John's Shanghai is an excellent value. The food is of high quality, the service very good and, unlike many Chinese restaurants, effort has been made to make it attractive. For my taste, it could be quieter but polished wood floors keep the noise level bearable cloth tablecloths and glass cases displaying Chinese artifacts make it quite pleasant. It's rare to find a reasonably-priced theater district restaurant that consistently gives good value, food and service.
Posted by anonymous on 03/10/2008
You simply can't get dishes like the Fish Fillet and Yellow Leeks outside of Chinatown! I usually order delivery from the office and they are fast and have never messed up my order. One warning, the salt and pepper shrimp is covered in batter and comes without the heads or shells, so that one dish is not totally authentic but is still tasty.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/05/2008
What so many of the people below tend to forget is that John's Shanghai is a LUNCH place that caters to the busy midtown working crowd. It's not a five star restaurant and it's not really a dinner place, but for what it is (Chinese Fast Food), it is the BEST in the area. I have never had a bad meal here - everything I've had is served promptly and is fresh. Being a regular, several people there know me by first name and my boyfriend and I are especially fond of one server who sat with us one evening and discussed alternative energy for about an hour. I have also brought several business colleagues of Chinese decent there and they had nothing but compliments.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/28/2008
I went in for take-out, I ordered a very simple and common order - soup and scallion pancakes. Three people came in behind me and ordered more complicated dishes and theirs came out very quickly. I inquired about my order knowing full well that they forgot, because what I ordered practically required no cooking it's all pre-made. The answer that I got was really an insult...first of all I am Chinese and I know what's involved with our dishes because my father was a cook in Chinatown for many years in the 50's and 60's and in fact was a well respected cook among his peers. I was told by the head waiter that it was because the duck had to be made hot...what? He must have thought that I was stupid or something because everything that goes in that soup is pre-made if not, required a one minute saute in the wok. Then when they rushed the order they packed it so sloppy that when I got to work (and couldn't do an errand because they made me late) the soup had spilled everywhere.
Posted by Georgetown Prof on 02/06/2008
The secret recipe to this place would be revealed after sampling a few dishes. The secret consists of grease and soy sauce. Grease to make otherwise dry and hard to chew meat appear editble and soy sauce to render taste when none would be derived by the ingredients themselves. Also a foregone conclusion that the soy sauce used in this establishment would be of the non-natural, non-brewed variety (ie, chemically derived). The mystery is solved.
Posted by aszeto on 01/21/2008
We ordered a lunch delivery from John's Shanghai. They sent the wrong order (even though we ordered by number.) We called for a replacement. After waiting an hour, we called back just to be told that "we are very busy. We will send it out as soon as we can." Suffice it to say, don't bother ordering unless you are prepared to starve while waiting over two hours.
Posted by Nony on 12/27/2007
Went here for lunch with some co-workers after hearing and reading a lot of rave reviews. I was really dissappointed. Slow service and the food just wasn't that great. When our food finally came out after waiting almost 45 mins after placing our orders, the food was cold. I won't bother going here again.