Newly opened Shanghai restaurant located across from Lansdowne Centre. Closed on Tuesdays.
Went there today with some family members for the first time. The chicken and vegetable noodle soup and the radish cake were the standouts both in flavor and size of the dishes. The pan fried dumplings (woh-teep for you Cantonese speakers) and deep fried pork soup noodle were pretty standard. What was surprisingly disappointing were the XLBs. We all found them to be too salty. I probably would have given this place 3.5 for the food if they had a choice. The XLBs dragged the food down from a 4 though. For XLBs I would have to give the nod to Shanghai River, but everything else was pretty good here. Ambiance is better at Shanghai River as well.
So my girlfriend and I had a "girls day" planned for this Saturday, which meant we were going to try at least one restaurant that we have wanted to go to but haven't had the chance. One of these eaterieswe have wanted to try wa Shanghai Wonderful, for the pretty consistent good ratings on dinehere, and from word of mouth. The only thing was that we were worried about was the wait, as we noted that many people seem to say if you don't get there before 11:30am, you'll be stuck waiting for a bit.
We got there at about 11:45am, luckily my gf went there first to get a table, as when I showed up, the small tables were pretty much all taken. We ordered a sticky rice, which is stuffed with Chinese donut, pork floss, and preserved veggies, with a hot soy milk (sweet) to start. The sticky rice was a good size, the rice was a bit too hard for me but my friend loved it as she likes her rice like most Asians, "grain by grain", whereas I like mine softer. The only complaint was that we though there should have been a bit more preserved veggies to offset the donut and pork floss. The soy milk was the standard.
Next we had the Schezuan beef noodle soup, this got 2 thumbs up from us. The noodles were nice and al dente and chewy, and the soup base was spicy and not overloaded with MSG. The dish had lots of beef that was cooked well, with not too much fat, it's just too bad that my gf doesn't like to eat too much meat, and my baby belly hasn't had too much fun with meat lately with indigestion. We ate all the noodles and the spinach and the soup and didn't finish the meat.
The final thing we ordered were the Xiao Long Bau's--these were the best. The skin was thin and tender, and the buns were loaded with juice, like they're supposed to be. Believe me, my friend and I get these Xiao Long Bau cravings every once in a while, and these definitely hit the spot! 6 per order, so we had 3 each. They were so juicy that one exploded over my gf's shirt, ha ha, she was trying to eat it with such pain-staking precision as not to burn herself with the juice but not have any overspill off the spoon with breakage, that she made a mess!
We were both stuffed afterwards, and it only set us back $19 with tax and tip! Service was ok, typical of a busy Richmond restaurant, but we got extra napkins promptly and our tea refilled promptly, so no complaints.
If you're looking for authentic Shanghai cuisine, this is one of the best restaurants in the lower mainland in terms of food, value, and atmosphere. I'm Asian and they have some of the best juicy steamed pork dumplings you'll find. Other favorites include the smoked duck, peking duck (2 courses), sticky rice siu mai, green onion pancakes, potstickers, seafood hot and sour soup, stir fried shanghai noodles (with pork, cabbage, and shiitake mushrooms). For those of you that don't know better, DON'T come here for Cantonese dishes like fried rice, chow mein, sweet and sour pork, etc. which they do have, but don't specialize in since this is Shanghai cuisine.
The service is good and the atmosphere is better than average. You won't find better value and will only find slightly better quality if you look REALLY hard and pay more.
This restaurant is a must. I come here often and will continue to keep coming back.
We love this place for lunch! Haven't been for dinner yet, although we would like to.
Our son loves the xiao long bao (sp?), daughter and I love the shanghai noodles (sauce is so yummy and the noodles are cooked to perfection), and husband loves everything. Their cripsy fried rice is a bit different than other places, because it's more tomato based. It took a bit of getting used to, but still pretty good.
We've always had good service, but we try to go when it's not too busy.
Food: We ordered the Assorted Meat with Crispy Soup Rice, Pan Fried Pork Buns, Braised Pork on Veggies, Peking duck with lettuce wrap, and of course the Shanghai Style Juicy Pork Bun aka xiao long bao.
The rice was alright, I found it a little bland and too thick for my liking though. The pan fried pork bun came out nice and hot. The buns were fluffy and full of juice; it was good! The braised pork was really oily and it made the veggies drip with oil too. I won’t order that again. The Peking duck was standard; nothing to complain about but nothing special about it either. The disappointing part was the XLB. The main goal of my visit was to try their XLB that others have raved about here on dinehere. To my disappointment, the skin was too thick and it was very salty.
Service: About a 15 minute on a weekend night so that’s not too bad. We were served by 3 different people and the reviews are a little bit mixed. The girl that took our order was friendly although she wasn’t too fluent in English. The younger guy that served our food didn’t have much of a personality, to say the least. Then there was the middle aged guy… We pretty much finished our meal but our XLB hasn’t arrived yet. We tried to flag down someone to help us. It was difficult using English there, it wasn’t until I used my limited Mandarin skills in order to get some service from the middle aged guy. I told him we haven’t received our XLB yet. It was as if he didn’t believe us. After some frustration, we figured they had forgotten to place the order instead. Tsk Tsk!
Value: Average. Rice was about $12, five pan fried pork buns was $5, pork and veggies was $14, duck was $15, wrap was $12, and six XLB for $5.
Ambiance: It was clean. Tables were roomy and chairs were reasonably comfortable. Washrooms were alright too.
Our party of 4 arrived at 6:30pm and the place was packed. It's best to make reservations or you'll never get a table. We were greeted promptly and seated.
Food was good overall, they had some pretty decent looking dishes and service wasn't slow. We only got a mix of dim sum and appetizer dishes instead of the dinner courses.
Service was okay I guess, it would depend on the waitress you got. The one that initially took our order seemed very indifferent, like she didn't care to even be there. However, a few other servers were attentive and the manager was nice.
Value was there, the four of us were quite full and our bill only came to $55.
I was there at the same time chasiubow was when the waitress slipped. She really was down and out, looked like she wasn't ever going to get up. Being 2-3 tables away, nothing I could do to help since a few people already rushed in to assist. The floor is wooden and gets slippery when wet (old bread garden floors). My only complaint I had was the men's washroom, it wasn't clean and it appears some people had some "accidents" on the floor.
Overall, I'd come back and luckily we never got any foreign objects in our dishes.
In the quest for the best XLB outside of Shanghai, this is a good substitute since my regular place closed down sometime ago. Been here twice now, and the XLB's are pretty consistent and good. I can't say the same thing about the pan fried dumplings, the just lack that finish in the crispy bottom and the dough seemed a bit too chewy. Kinda disappointed in the Shanghai fried noodles, a staple next to the XLB. they came out with big pools of sauce. There were a lot of interesting looking food that was being served and i must try the next time. The Hot and sour soup looked good along with some sort of Tofu looking dish that was served in a fluted paper container.
Shanghai Wonderful used to be Shanghai Wind on No 3 road. Since the change in location and name, their reasonably priced menu had changed. Prices are higher but still worth it for the quality of food. Steamed pork buns, cold chicken noodles, crispy rice with sauce, and bean paste puffs for dessert are dishes i recommend. Interior design has been stepped up in this location. They modified a former Bread Garden interior to suit their needs to function as a chinese restaurant.
This is likely the best shanghai style restaurant in Richmond.
The tan tan noodle soup, and the other noodle soups are awesome. At 5.95 a bowl, and perfect noodles with the great tasting broth, you can't go wrong. I'll be back there soon.
(I like this restaurant better than the Shanghai River Restaurant, which I believe is overpriced for what you get.)
Just a note to those who like the dim sum style dishes. I spoke to one of the waitresses there and they told me that they no longer serve the Dim sum (Other than Siu Long Bao). Apparently it takes too much time to make for them during the dinners.
A note for those that frequent Shanghai Wind. The owners bought up this location and has since moved over. The staff has also migrated as well. So for those that have noticed a degradation in food quality at the 'Wind' this is where they are located.
It is as busy here as it was in Shanghai Wind, so reservations are a must! I watched dozens of people being turned away at the door for not having one.
Food is still top notch, I believe they are still getting use to the place. Xiao Long bao seemed a bit smaller and a bit thicker. All the food came at us fast and furious. Likely to get us out of there and to seat new customers.
So far it is our favourite spot for something Shanghai. We haven't had to make any reservations yet, but it does fill up fast after 12:00.
The juicy pork dumplings and hot & sour soup are very good. The Assorted Meat & Vegetables with Crispy Rice was okay. We also like the thick Shanghai noodles & Shanghai style rice cake dishes.
Next time we are going to try the Peking duck, 2 courses, for only $29.95. Usually unheard of at that price.
I just went here again for a family event and this place is always consistently excellent in the quality of their food. They make, as far as I know, all of their noodles and dumplings on prem: you can watch chefs make dumplings by hand as part of the kitchen is on display in the dining room. On that note, it's very clean! The best thing that we always order are the sticky pork buns (I think that is what they are called) which are pork dumplings with a bit of broth inside the dumpling. There is an art to eating these dumplings, I suggest nipping the dumpling and sipping the broth from the dumpling before biting in otherwise you have a good chance of a) burning your tongue on the hot broth and b) getting broth all over the front of your shirt. Another favourite dish is the rice cakes with pickled vegetables, which is absolutely great for texture and flavour. My family swears this is also the best sweet and sour soup that they've ever eaten. I personally love their wonton soup as that is my favourite.
You can stuff yourself silly for about $10 per person. I took some girlfriends there a couple of weeks ago and we ended up eating about $20 per person and wished we all had drawstring pants after that episode. We went for a postprandial movie to help the digestive process.
Only thing to know is that parking can be tricky, best to make reservations on weekends as the place can get packed, and it's cash only.
their "chee fan" and "shanghai pork dumplings" are great.
cherrybomb143, yoru eating your dumplings wrong. These dumplings are meant to have soup/juice in it. That's the whole reason people eat these. Put it on your spoon, poke a hole, drink the soup, then devour the dumpling.
Great place, food is great, their veggies are good, quality is above par for sure.
Been here once for lunch/dim-sum. It's quite good. So, took guests from out-of-town for dinner. We ordered XLB & Sen Jian Bao, both regular and ones with crab meat, 6 hot dishes, plus an appetizer, the cold salty duck. Aside from XLB, the rest of the dishes we ordered were an EPIC FAILURE!!! Some were too salty, some were flavourless or just bland. Very ordinary food, non-existent service, not so Wonderful experience. Failed to impress guests.
This is definitely one of the finest Shanghaiese crusine in town. I especially like their steamed stuffed duck, Shanghai small dragon bun, plus the Shanghai fried noodle. Pricing is definitely a bit on the high side though, but the food you get is of top Shanghaiese quality. Just check out the customers of this restaurant, I would think most of the Shanghaiese would rank this restaurant very high on their list. Make sure you make reservation, and even that sometime require quite a long wait time. Also, prepare to speak Mandarin in this restaurant, their servers are not very fluent in English. Pretty common for good Chinese restaurant in the Richmond area.
My husband and I enjoyed the food here. The xiao long bao was really nice, but the bbq duck we had was dry. We thought it was kind of weird that they would not take credit or debit. It was very busy and no room to wait. The staff were quick, but didn't talk to us at all. A place I would come back for the food - not for the ambiance or service.
The food found here are really authentic and the quality is impressive. For example, the seafood spicy and sour soup actually had real seafood in it, and big chunks too! I've been to too many Chinese restaurants where you need a magnifying glass to see the seafood.
Before they moved to the new location (they used to be across from Richmond Center on 3 Rd), their prices used to be cheaper... but still, I'll pay for good food!