I ve been going there with my family for years. Our favorite dishes are peking duck (two ways: Flour tortilla wrapped crispy skin, and stir-fry with green beans, yum!), 5-spice squid, Steamed Pork Bao (best in town!), and I can t remember the name of the last dish, I think it s call Lion s Head with Vegetable. Don t worry, it doesn t involve eating exotic animals. It s actually large pork meatballs simmer with napa cabbage, bamboo shoots, and shiitake mushroom. Very flavorful. Our experience there have always been pleasant. They are quite authentic, but you do have to know what to order
finally came to Grand Shanghai and was impressed with their unusual menu items, from fried tofu skins to the 8 treasure rice pudding. Their specials board suggested a variety of vegetable stir-frys, though I didn t ask about those. The place was bustling and filled mostly with families eager to set their children on the early road to obesity through $6.99 all-you-can-eat buffets. As such, if you re coming to the restaurant alone or with only one other person, be warned that they ll seat you in a high-traffic and busy area with kids running around and people picking up take-out orders.
I had the mock goose (thick mushrooms wrapped in fried tofu skins and cooked in a wine sauce) and the tofu skins with Chinese greens. The mock goose is ostensibly an appetizer though, at $7.25, it s quite expensive and the portion size could easily constitute an entire meal. That said, it was delicious. The tofu skins are semi-crunchy and chewy, amazingly all at once, and the mushrooms were delectable. This was a highly unusual dish with tricky and complex textures. It s also one I ve never seen before and I ve eaten at hundreds of Chinese restaurants
Husband and I went looking for true Shanghai food. Ordered the 5-spice sole fillet, and it was amazing. Fillet was cut into strips and battered and fried. It was light and pillowy. You could not tell where the batter ended and the fish started. The seasonings were in the batter. The dish came with strips of pepper, onions and ginger, but no sauce. Did not need sauce. Very flavorful. Pork dumplings (bao) were very tasty! Husband ordered chicken with black beans and chow fun noodles. Also very good, but much more subtle in flavor than black bean dishes at other Chinese restaurants. Prices were appropriate: Sole $15, chicken $10, pork dumplings $7. Would definitely recommend. (Have not tried the buffet.)
Big eaters delight as the Buffet is a real bargain at under $8.00 for lunch
as far as selection? Yea OK a bit limited but for the money it still is a bargain and what they do offer is very good. Atmosphere? Well if you are hungry that does not matter and while the place is not fancy it serves very good food and I am likely to return for this lunch buffet. Just east of Hamline on the very trendy Grand Ave, Parking can be a tricky on weekends but most weekdays it just takes a bit of parallel parking skills.
After hearing many good things about the Grand Shanghai, a few of my friends and I decided to try it out one Saturday evening. This is definitely one of the best Chinese restaurants in the Twin Cities! The wontons on the appetizer menu are a must have and the beef lo mein was superb. Two of my friends had the lemon chicken and the third had the pork lo mein and none was disappointed. If you happen to be in the area, I highly recommend the Grand Shanghai!!!
I finally found a restaurant that is similar to the one back home! The waitress was very friendly the amount of food was great and the food itself was just mouth watering, literally! me and a group of my friends were starving that day and we didn t realize how much food we really ordered! but it was gooooood.
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