Getting Shanghai cuisine just right is no easy trick. The flavors are subtle and the preparations require the freshest ingredients. Although this restaurant deserves applause for serving authentic dishes like a sherry-soaked appetizer of pig stomach, pork tongue and chicken feet, it doesn’t always live up to the demands of its moniker. Fried yellow fish in sweet-and-sour sauce should have arrived shaped like a squirrel (it’s a pun on the dish’s Chinese name); this version also tasted shapeless—too sweet and bland. Ask for off-the-menu salted-pork-and-bok-choy fried rice, a slow-simmered dish with vegetable and meat juices that the kitchen does very well.
|Venue name:||Shanghai Cuisine||Contact:|
89 Bayard St
|Cross street:||at Mulberry St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11:30am–10:15pm|
|Transport:||Subway: J, M, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St|
|Price:||Average main course: $11. Cash only|