May 11

Shanghai Restaurant – Cupertino, CA

10877 N Wolfe Rd

Cupertino, CA 95014

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Located in an extremely busy Asian plaza, Shanghai Restaurant serves up a fairly large menu filled with Shanghainese cuisine. When we entered fairly late in the evening, there was plenty of seating available. A server quickly seated us and provided the menus and tea. Due to our lack of Shanghainese food experience, we stuck to what we knew.

Today, we ordered the Shanghai Steamed Pork Buns (Xiaolongbao), pot stickers, Noodles with Pork & Spicy Sauce (Ji Jiang Mien), and red oil super hand (hot oil wontons). You only receive 6 steamed pork buns per order at just over $1 per bun. Each one of the dumplings arrived without damage. When I bit into the wrapper, an ample amount of soup poured out. The soup was savory and flavorful. The dumpling had added flavor when dipped into the ginger, vinegar, and soy sauce. The noodles with pork and spicy sauce came with quite a bit of noodles and adequate amount of meat. The sauce was more on the chili flavor side and carried a bit of heat, but was not as savory as other restaurants. The red oil super hand was quite odd because of the name, but was not very spicy. There was a large quantity of dumplings, but it was odd to have so much chopped cashews in the dish. The dumplings were essentially pork wontons with the same meat filling as the xiaolongbao. The pot stickers came with a nice pan sear on one side. As you bite into each one, there is a decent amount of soup that comes out. Unfortunately, the meat is the same meat filling as the last two dishes, and there weren’t any vegetables inside at all. Even with three different dumpling orders, you basically get the same plain meat wrapped up in 3 different ways.

Overall, the Shanghainese food was not very appetizing except for the xiaolongbao. The xiaolongbao did taste very delicious and had plenty of soup. If you wanted to eat some decent xiaolongbao in Northern California, then Shanghai Restaurant in Cupertino will do just fine, but you are better off going to Din Tai Fung. It is extremely doubtful that I would return, but if you really like Shanghainese food, then this may be your restaurant.

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