Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Taste of Shanghai - Eastwood

If you have read my blog for a while now, you would have realised that I love Shanghainese food. It's cheap, it's tasty, it's simply amazingly awesome.

The corner shop in Eastood on Rowe Street had changed management/restaurant ownership non-stop for a while now. This last restaurant - Taste of Shanghai - has been here for a few months. It's Ashfield counterpart is pretty yummy. I've also heard good ish reviews about this one and I was inclined to believe it... until I tried it for myself.

If you're looking for food in Eastwood - do NOT come here. I don't know if it was because we came here on a Monday, or if it was the time of the day that failed for us (3 ish pm) but everything was just wrong!

One of my favourite dishes is normally the Bean Starch with Shredded Chicken ($5). Normally, the noodles are thick, cold and chewy with an awesome slurpy smooth texture. This... well - the noodles were soooooo over-cooked and soggy that it was pretty much moosh. The sauce was watery and didn't taste like much. Not much chicken or cucumber involved. And one word describes it - YUK!

Bean Starch with Shredded Chicken - $5

My mum wanted the pan-fried pork buns ($9.80). These looked pretty poor in presentation - as though they were leftovers from lunch time (or worse, the day before). And instead of being pan-fried slowly, you could definately tell from the super hard crunch that the bottoms of the buns were just deep-fried (for convenience sake). Disappointing

Shanghai Style Pan Fried Pork Buns - $9.80

Another thing we ordered was the Egg Pancake with Deep Fried Dough Stick ($5.80). The deep-fried dough stick was obviously re-deep fried. There was hardly any egg involved and the floury pancake was WAAAAYYY too thick and WAAAYYY too tasteless. It was pretty bad - really.

Egg Pancake with Deep Fried Dough Stick - $5.80

Last but not least, the Pumpkin Pancakes ($7.80). Pumpkin on the outside, red bean paste on the inside and deep fried with sesame seeds sprinkled on top. My dad said it was decent. Appearance-wise, it again looked like leftovers re-heated.

Pumpkin Pancakes - $7.80

So all up - service was poor, food was slightly aweful, ambiance was OK and price? It wasn't the cheapest Shanghainese food in town. So yeh - DON'T come here (atleast not in non-lunch hours).

Food - 2/10
Service - 2/10
Ambiance - 7/10
Value for money - 5/10
Overall - 16/40

Taste of Shanghai
200 Rowe St
NSW 2122

Tel: (02) 9804 0388

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