Something yummy, Something soupy

Shanghai Cafe
100 Mott Street New York, NY 10013

It was a freezing Saturday night. Will and I were craving for something soup-like, so we decided on xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and we ended up at Shanghai Cafe, a restaurant we have been to previously, but weren't so happy with. We decided to give it another shot, because we heard from our friends that the food and service here has improved.

We arrived around 8-8:30PM and there was a line that almost stretched out the door. The waitresses have a have a habit of sitting you in a table full of strangers and this is what happened to us, but I didn't mind.

We knew exactly what we wanted and ordered our food right away.

Pork Soup Dumplings
Finally, we got a fix of soup dumplings! I can't remember the last time Will and I had soup dumplings. They were absolutely delicious! Hot, steamy, delicious broth inside, and meaty! We devoured this in minutes. This was a perfect pick for a freezing night.

Shanghai Pan-Fried Noodles
Will ordered this entree. I honestly didn't much specialness in this dish. It's just different vegetables, meat, and shrimp stir-fried and placed on top of a crispy, pan-fried noodles. I tasted a whole lot of MSG in it, it wasn't too pleasant. I guess the only plus about this dish was the crunchy pan-fried noodles.I really liked it.

Rice Cake with Shredded Pork & Snow Cabbage
This was the entree I ordered. I absolutely love any Shanghainese dish with shredded pork and snow cabbage. I haven't had rice cake in a long, long time. The rice cake is chewy, like gum. The rice cake with shredded pork and snow cabbage was seasoned perfectly, but way too much oil in my opinion.

I'm glad to see the food isn't as bad as it used to be and the service has definitely improve. The waiters/waitresses are more attentive and alert.

Will I be back? Possibly, because their food and service has really improved and I did enjoy our time and experience here, let's just help they'll continue to improve.


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