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Posted by anonymous on 05/11/2007
Went to Chinatown recenly, clutching Menupage reviews of various restaurants. We knew we wanted soup dumplings! Shanghai Cafe didn't disappoint. Service was quite friendly and prompt, and the restaurant was very clean. Lunch for 2 (dumplings, an order of lo mein, and tea) for under $12--amazing.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/06/2007
The food here is very well done and tasty but the service is far from excellent (but this is not unexpected in most Chinatown restaurants). The soup dumplings are particularly good as is a rice noodle dish with meat sauce. Good alternative to Joe's Shanghai for doup dumplings too.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/02/2007
The food here is excellent. This was the first place I tried Dim Sum and I haven't been able to find anywhere else that compares. The dumplings and buns are very juicy and tasty. I especially reccomend the Wonton Szechuan Style. Also, this place has the best shrimp friend rice I've ever eaten. I have never eaten anything here that was bad. The service on the other hand is a bit iffy. Once it was abysmal and once it was wonderful. Don't go at busy times if you can avoid it. The service is slow and the workers will be extremely rude and then chase you out the door expecting a larger tip. At slower times the people are friendly and the food comes out in less than five minutes.
Posted by Great Find on 10/04/2006
It doesn't look that great but man is the food as good and authentic as you'll find. -Soup dumplings (crab/pork) were as fine as Joe's or any of the others. Special Eel off Chef suggestions was stellar as well cold jelly fish, bean curd skin app, steamed whole fish, braised pork shoulder and veggie sides. If you like authentic- off-the-radar places in C-town, this place is def worth a try.
Posted by A shanghainese on 06/18/2006
I am from Shanghai. Loved the food. it's authentic, which is rare in the Chinese restraurants in the US. However, the service was not great- just like many other Chinese restraurants with good food. They rushed us. When it isn't busy the service tended to be better.
Posted by sandy on 06/08/2006
This place is a nice change to the usual din that is chinatown. Granted, the noise level is sometimes just as high, the atmosphere and decor is significantly better. The price was very reasonable and the portions are quite large. Just about everyone had leftovers.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2006
I ahve to agree with everyone elses reviews. The waitresses are a little snooty in my opinion at times but at the same time extremely accomodating. Im on a special vegetarian diet and mentioned to her that I wouldve liked some baby bok choy if possible and they made me my own dish of sauteed baby bok choy for $6. The portions are incredible, the food is high quality, the decor is very pleasant and modern. Plus they have excellent tapioca drinks and teas that go along nicely as a dessert to any of their meals. Definitely a standout chinese restaurant in chinatown and I cant wait to go back after I finish my vegetarian diet and try some dumplings.