Shang Noodle house serves ramen on Gifford Street.
Mrs. C had a hankering for ramen and we had nothing better to do, so we went to the SL casino and tried the nearby restaurant. Shang means modern, or au currant, or whatever. It sure looked modern inside with tinsel bird nest lights over the tables, big flat screen TV's, and cool furniture. Even the w/c was cool, with copper colored floor and modern fittings. Everything was clean too.
The service was quite good, and the menu had interesting choices. We went with an orange banana smoothie, a plate of deep fried eggplant, lamb ramen for me and pork ramen for my beloved soup craver. We also got the usual complementary tea, and even that tasted better than average.
The smoothie was very good, and was a little lighter than I expected. As for the eggplant, it had a great texture, but the flavour was a little bland. After all, it was touted as garlic and chili deep fried eggplant. I couldn't taste either of those, but a little sweet and sour sauce fixed that issue.
The ramen was great. The broth and non-noodle ingredients were tasty and imaginative, the noodles were really good, and my lamb was strong and 'lamb-tastic'. If you like mild flavour, the lamb is not for you... Even the lowly pork ramen turned out to have delectable slices of pork belly cooked to perfection.
It was way better than one would expect of a noodle joint, and definitely worth a return visit.
Going from the casino parking lot to the restaurant was the highlight of lunch. Upon being seated the whole afternoon just got worse. What a nice restaurant to have such crappy service. 3 wait staff in a 25% full restaurant and I had to wave the server over to take our order. Two of us each had a bowl on noodles. Keep in mind the place was 75% empty. What the hell the noodles arrive 7 minutes apart. You know the story, arrive together and one has to watch while the other eats. Then you have to go out of your way to get attention and ask for the check. Service absolutely sucks, will not be back even if I win the big jackpot next door.
I like variety when i eat. Therefore i love places that have small dishes to go with my entree. Shang's menu looks promising cause they have tons of selection of dim sum and bbq dishes to go with their noodle. They have excellent roast pork and bbq pork cheeks. Their pork and veggie dumplings are also very good.
Their noodle dishes are just not quite there. The portion is big but doesn't have the best texture and the soup are not quite tastey (not bad but doesn't make you say you want to eat more).
Overall i'll probably go back again at some point when i have craving for dim sums at night. If i want noodle, i'll probably keep driving into burnaby or richmond. Or the new vietnamese restaurant close by.
Last night was the big 08-08-08 down at Starlight casino. No jackpot winning for us, so we headed over to Shang for a bowl of noodle soup. I have read great reviews and was craving noodles.
The restaurant was quite nice and was smaller than I had expected. Clean too. The servers were quite helpful in helping us with our menu since it was our first time here. I had the Shang Mushroom ramen soup and my hubby had the panfried handmade noodles with BBQ pork. Both dishes were very good. We also had the jellyfish chicken salad and the crispy chicken wings and that was good also. Jellyfish salad was a tad salty for me, but their chicken was sooo tender.
At first, we thought their prices was a little high, but when our food came, the portion was hugh! Good value for your money. My mushroom soup didn't have any msg and thats a plus for me. We will definitely come back to try out more of their soup esp. the recommended one (thumbs up symbol in the menu). We thought their service was great despite being busy.
We had heard very pleasant comments about Shang Noodle House. Even that it was comparable to "Kintaro", arguably the best noodle house in Vancouver. (I have never been myself).
However, I feel the need to state the fact that I do know noodles. I know ramen espcially, and I know good ramen when I eat it. Shang Noodle House did not have ramen, which is why we were there in the first place. Sure, the menus will have sections entitled "Traditional Ramen" or "Japanese Ramen" but you will find that when you order (eh hem, Vegetarian Dish Japanese Ramen with mushroom soup) you will be surprised. Not very pleasantly.
The main problem was the fact that neither the broth or the noodles were traditional Japanese variety. The noodles resembled a skinny form of udon, and the broth was definitely not "mushroom soup" as the menu claimed--It was a shitake flavored broth that is usually used for rice noodles in Japan.
So the fact that the Ramen we had been expecting was not actually ramen was disappointing. I wouldn't say the food was horrible, because the noodles themselves were decent. But I found that expecting one thing when you walk into a restaurant and being presented with something completely different is not a pleasant experience, and can be the ultimate deal-breaker when it comes to a good restaurant.
I have been to Shang Noodle house several times. and I am quite pleased with the whole package:
Food: I ordered from the set meal special last time I went. Mine came with BBQ pork noodles, dumplings and passion fruit juice. I love the BBQ pork noodles. The noodles was nicely cooked, and the BBQ pork was tasty. The food was freshly made, and it was nice and hot. The dumplings were good too, but I personally would prefer the pan-fried dumplings instead of the boiled ones.
Service: Service was great. I was immediately greeted as I walked in the restaurant. All the staff were very helpful and efficient. And they were all quite polite.
Value: I personally think the set meal special was a great deal! It was only $8.88. Much cheaper than their regular menu.
Ambiance: Clean, and nicely decorated. Also because the restaurant is new, therefore, overall, everything is in great shape.
Will definitely go to this restaurant regularly!
I work in Annacis Island so I frequent this place at least twice a month.
I have tried the Singaporean Udon and it's the best I have ever eaten.
My co-workers all love their humongous soups especially the Wonton Ramen, BBQ duck Ramen, Spicy Laksa soup, etc.
The nice thing is that when we finish we all feel we had something healthy. I do not think they have any MSG in theiir dishes.
Service is great and the place is clean.
Review in three words - severe food poisoning. My wife and I ordered a couple of appies and two of their Japanese ramens - one w/ BBQ pork and one w/ tender pork chop. We shared everything we ordered except for the tender pork, which was my wife's and that's what apparently got her down. It's been over a day now and she's still recovering.
I really hope that this was an isolated incident, because the noodles were actually very decent. Cooked well, good texture and "chewiness". Very comparable those of Kintaro. The soup was definitely not an authentic Japanese version. There's no Shoya soup (i.e. soy-based) and their miso soup tasted like a mix of chicken broth, milk and some spices. Also, I got very thirsty after eating it, which typically means that it was MSG'd ... which I don't mind actually, just more of an FYI for those who avoiding the MSG.
All in all, good noodles, nice place, but very bad after-meal experience.
this restaurant is one of my favorite, they have to die for ramen and the most attentive servers known. their ramen portions are quite large and their prices would range from 7.95-9.95. the ramen that my bf and I normally get is the vegetarian vegetables ramen and the spicy beef brisket ramen. i never felt thirsty after each meal, i personally dont think their is any msg in the dishes.
parking is very easy, the restaurant is beside the casino so tons of parking there!
plus the restaurant is fairly large so you'll never have to wait to get seated.
all in all, i would recommend this restaurant to everyone. enjoy!
Yay!! i'm so happy this opened around Queensborough. I live in Surrey, and my bf lives by Metro, so it's right smack in the middle. It also happens to be my dad and bro's fav place for noodles.
Service: attentive, polite, overall very good. Though the food came in odd segments. we ordered 3 noodle bowls and it came one by one. probably just not enough staff in the kitchen.
Food: yummyy!! nothing like some hot soupy ramen. But this place also gives you crazy amount of stuff! more brisket/pork then you'd get at other places that's for sure.
Value: good-great. $7.88~ for a bowl. it's not expensive, but not the cheapest. Though with so much meat in your bowl, it's probably more worth it then other restaurants
Ambiance: nice, well thought out. youthful, comfortable.
overall: very recommended! =)
This place specializes in noodles. I had the hot and sour noodle bowl and it was pretty good. My wife had the seafood noodle and it was delicious.
They also serve dim sum and appetizers. Noodles for two costs under $20 -- pretty good value for what they serve you.
The only draw back is the drive to New Westminster and crossing the Queensborough bridge.
My husband and i come here quite often, we are a regular, until their service went down hill. Recently i got a back injury so when i went to Shang Noodle House i ask them if i can sit at the booth area as it has more of a support to my back and more comfortable seating rather than sitting in those hard wooden chairs. The server that greeted me said NO! I was surprise as in the restaurant there was only 1 other table eating. I was not impress and said why not, she said to me the booths are for seating of 4 people. I told her it's not comfortable to sit in the wooden chairs with no cushion whatsoever on your bum and the back and the wooden chair seating is also for 4 people as there are 4 chairs per table! She pretty much ignore me and just left the menus at this table with the wooden chairs. So instead of walking to that table, i still went to sit at the booth. She saw me and then started to gossip and tell all her fellow waitresses as it was pretty obvious she was talking about me, since they all were giving me and my husband dirty looks and whispering. So finally that waitress approach me with a fake smile asking me if i was ready to order. I told her i want to speak to her manager. She has the nerve to send another SO CALL JOE WAITRESS to tell me she's the manager. I told her no i want to speak to a manager. So then finally one of the waitresses went to grab the manager. This restaurant is link to Kirin next door, so they grab one of the supervisors next door to talk to me. When i talk to the supervisor he agree with me that customers are allow to sit anywhere they want especially when the restaurant is empty and their seatings are ALL 4 per seat!. But pretty he was useless too, cuz he wasn't the owner nor the manager, so after the supervisor apoligize, i decide to leave.
Restaurants like this should hire better servers and not have them make a bad impression on the restaurant.
This noodle house surprised me. The food was so so but when I ordered the mushroom noodle soup, I was shocked by how good it was. I am a picky eater but this bowl of noodle soup really impressed me. Noodles were so good. I am hungry just thinking about it.
The place is spacious and right at the casino so there is lots of parking.
I would like to come back to eat here more often but New Westminster is quite far to drive.
If you don't mind the drive there, the noodle in soup is worth it. I had the Spicy Beef Tendon & Brisket Ramen in Pork Broth $7.88. Lots of beef and noodles and very tasty broth. Sat at the bar stools and watch the help yourself appetitzers go around in a conveyor belt. Great service and it is never super busy.
The servers are great and always have an answer to anything on the menu. After the meal if you have holes in your pocket there's a casino next door.