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Posted by Lee on 10/17/2008
I agree that the crab and pork soup dumplings are worth going for alone (or any of the soup dumplings). Some of their other dishes are great also, especially the more traditional authentic Shanghai dishes. The service is certainly not great, but not much worse than the average Chinatown place.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/16/2008
These are some of the best soup dumplings on the block! I especially like the crab and pork ones. They also make a fabulous crispy whole fish, unexpectedly in a flavorful meat sauce! The cold chicken in wine sauce and sea cucumbers are well done, and all of the vegetable dishes are solid. We've tried their special "osmanthus pork" which is similar to the pork nuggets you get with sweet and sour pork. I thought they were too fatty, although my husband liked them. Sure the service is brusque, but it is on par with what you expect from a chinatown restaurant. They offer so many delicious and specialty items, why would you ask for something that isn't on the menu? anyway?
Posted by Restaurant Critic on 07/03/2008
Yesterday I went with a group of 10 people to try out Shanghai Cuisine. We called the restaurant before going and spoke to the manager to see if it would be possible to order 2 orders of "tofu with broccoli" since it did not appear on the menu. We were told that it would not be a problem. We arrived at the restaurant and were seated by a very gruff waitress. We started putting in our orders and one order was placed for the tofu with broccoli. Then the second order was placed for the tofu with broccoli. Immediately after the second order was placed, our waitress flew into a rage and stampeded over to the front desk and was yelling in Chinese to the hostess and manager for a good 5 minutes. She then returned to our table and said very curtly "Yeah. That's fine." After that, I was sure that they were going to put a little something "extra" in our meal (if you get what I mean). When the food arrived, we noted that portions were very smalled compared to most restaurants in Chinatown. 8 out of 11 people were not happy with their meal. When it came time to pay the bill, our gruff waitress returned and snatched, and I mean SNATCHED, the money out of my colleague's hand. She then returned to clear the table and rolled her eyes as she did so. Wow, portions so small and with service like this, it's amazing that this place is still in business. The waitress needs to be given a crash course in hospitality. We would not recommend eating at Shanghai Cuisine. Tourists seem to love this place but if you can, stay away. There are too many good places in Chinatown to waste your time at a place with gruff service and small portions.
Posted by choiseul on 05/04/2008
Directly across the street from Columbus Park, Shanghai Cuisine Inc. features fresh, flavorful and well presented Shanghai specialties reasonably priced. My favorites: hot and sour soup, Shanghai pan fried noodles: available w/chicken, pork, vegetable (shrimp extra), moo shu pork, sweet and sour pork, General Tso's chicken. Professional attention to service. The charming posters of pre-WWII beauties are an atmospheric plus.