Shanghai Restaurant

Jul 08 2008

210 Water Street, St. John’s, NL  A1C 1A9

753-2378

14 responses so far

  1. I was sorely disappointed with this place. People I trusted (past tense) said it was a bit pricey,but well worth it-well…it wasn’t THAT pricey and STILL not worth it!

    We arrived around 1:30-and it looked like things were winding down from a moderately busy lunch-they certainly weren’t slammed.We were there about 20 minutes before anyone gave us a menu or offered drinks. Mind you both waiters passed out table at least 6 times each clearing dishes. HINT: take care of the customers who have just arrived before taking care of the tables who have left.

    The waiter finally gave us menus and still didn’t offer us drinks. When he returned,we placed our drink order and food order together,just to speed things up. He didn’t write anything down(not that good waiters have to) and minutes later he returned and asked us what drinks we had ordered. At this point,I figured-if you can’t get a coffee and a 7UP right, God help the rest of the order.

    We ordered 2 appetizers and 3 entrees.The entrees are served with either noodles or rice. We ordered a beef dish,a pork dish and a Pad Thai with fresh basil. I ordered the beef and pork both with rice so it wouldn’t be noodle overkill with the Pad Thai. Both dishes arrived on noodles. I did complain,but was too hungry/frustrated for them to substitute.They forgot to bring the Pad Thai. Finally a different waited bought out the Pad Thai and said “the Pad Thai is good today”-I’m not sure if that meant it’s not good every other day,but in the meantime,I can be the judge of that. Anyway,on this particular day,the Pad Thai with Fresh Basil was not only NOT good,it was inedible and didn’t have fresh basil-instead it was LACED with dry basil. I told them about this problem as well. Neither waiter offered any explanation or apology until we looked like we were finished and they asked us we wanted coffee or dessert,I said “no thanks just the bill,I want to get out of here.” The waiter then told me I was giving him attitude and I knew at this point if they offered me a $1000 gift card I wasn’t coming back!They eventually took the Pad Thai off the bill and offered nothing else. I usually give second and sometimes third chances-everyone has a bad day,but it was first and last for that place.

  2. I think the service is really great, and like the atmosphere, but the price is just too much for what you get.

  3. other than the price i really like it here. my massive plate of delicious mushrooms was wonderful. such a nice atmosphere. someone please take me out for dinner here and make it explicit beforehand that they are picking up the tab!!

  4. In larger cities there’s more of a culture for young people to ‘eat out’ regularly–a few times a week even–because it’s affordable. I wish that could be more of a way of life here.

    Take dumplings for example. I love dumplings! But I wish they were made with pork rather than shrimp. (This isn’t directed to any one restaurant in particular. A lot of St John’s restaurants serve shrimp dumplings/gyoza as an appetizer, while in China dumplings are the main course) The pork ones are just as good, and pork is cheaper, so restaurants would save a few pennies…and hopefully so would I.

  5. [...] Spicy Noodles but that didn’t pan out. We ended up going to an Asian fusion restaurant called the Shanghai. It had modern décor, and the food was really good, including wontons and spicy green beans, and [...]

  6. Really poor meal. I agree with David – poor service and communication! My friend and I are cooks and from time to time go to new restaurants and order lots of food to try it out. There was nothing remotely good on our table, least of all dried basil on a pad thai advertising fresh! I did complain and they did take it off my bill, thankfully. I won’t be back.

  7. I have been here once and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. The food was great and I thought the service was quick. We were taken care of straight away. However this could be due to the fact that their we only 5 other couples dining at the time!!!

    I do plan on eating here this weekend so hopefully the food and service was as good as last time!!

  8. My overall impression of this place is more like a -2 at the most. The food tasted fine except for the sweet and sour pineapple pork, the pork was very dry. Portion size was tiny as far as I’m concerned and the whole “meal for two” wtf, what if the person I’m out with doesn’t want what I want!? The mens bathroom was overall nasty, smelt nasty and was in dire need of an overhaul. It made me wonder what their kitchen looks like. Overall the service was good and it should have been the place was a ghost town. Here’s what gets me THE PRICE! WTF rice isn’t that expensive and nor should it be. Our meal came to just over 40 dollars and all we ordered was an appetizer, pineapple rice chicken, and the dry sweet and sour pork. I won’t be back.

  9. I think the food is amazing!..People complain about the price??? Its not a buffet where eveything taste the same..and for 10.99 (MSG)!!..Its very authentic. I love it.

  10. Love the food! I am never disappointed with the food, my favorites are sweet and sour chicken and kung pao chicken. Pricing is expensive for dinner so try it for lunch ! only $10 !

  11. I had the pleasure of dining here this past week.
    The food was amazing and the service was fabulous!
    The portions were large and I even had to pack leftovers to take home.
    I have no complaints with the pricing. Dinner for 2 including alcoholic drinks, appetizers and an entree came to approximately $60..
    I will definitely return!

  12. Great food – Great service…. as close to authentic as you will find in this province… we will definitely be back for more.

  13. My husband took me here for my birthday, and what a great choice he made!

    The atmosphere is lovely, elegant but relaxed. We were immediately seated, and as it was a Monday night we had our choice of tables. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, but we never felt rushed. We ordered coconut shrimp to share, and we each had a bowl of soup (both the hot & sour and sweet corn & chicken soups were the best we’d ever tried). The shrimp came first, and as we were just finishing the last delicious bite, the soup arrived. For mains we went with the braised noodles with crab & shrimp (amazing) and the chicken in coconut milk with mango (equally tasty!), along with a bowl of steamed rice.

    Wonderful food, great friendly service, lovely atmosphere, and generous portions – all that plus a glass of wine for under $80. We will definitely be back, and will bring friends next time!