Review: Shanghai Village

by gigi on November 22, 2010

Ever since the old Hugo HK Cafe closed down and Shanghai Village opened in its place, I had wanted to give it a try. However, I never went because I felt like it was a place where you had to go with a large group and whenever Jenkins and I eat large Chinese meals, it’s with our families in a location that someone else usually picks. We decided finally that this didn’t really matter and decided to go to Shanghai Village with just the two of us.

Shanghai Village

The main item that I wanted to eat that day was some Xiao Long Baos (surprise surprise!) and I was pleasantly surprised when our server told us that we would get a free order if we ordered over $20 worth of food. Since all the dishes cost around $10-15, this was not a difficult feat. The wrapper on these baos was actually not too thick and the porky soup inside was quite flavourful. For a complimentary dish, I would say this was a great deal.

Shanghai Village

I was intrigued by the spare ribs with with meat stuffed sticky rice balls. The pork ribs were fall off the bone tender and had an excellent five-spice flavour to it. It was quite strong tasting so the rice balls ended up tempering this nicely. Another alternative would be to eat this with some plain steamed rice, which I ended up doing with the leftovers for lunch the next day. The sticky rice balls were another pleasant surprise for me. There was a tiny filling of pork inside and in some ways, this was similar to a regular pork dumpling but with rice as its wrapper instead of the traditional wrapper. Jenkins and I both agreed that this was our favourite dish of the evening.

Shanghai Village

We also ordered a version of Shanghai Noodles but with rice patties instead of regular noodles. The patties were slightly chewy but I would have liked for them to have a little more bite. There was also a little too much sauce for my liking, which overwhelmed the pork and napa cabbage somewhat. I felt that this dish could have been better if it didn’t have so much sauce.

Shanghai Village

Jenkins and I were pleasantly surprised with our meal at Shanghai Village, especially since I had heard some mixed reviews from other people. This definitely would have been a good place to go with a larger group of people so Jenkins and I are going to convince our families to come with us to check this place out in the near future.

Details:
3250 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604-872-3618

Summary:
Food: ★★★½☆
Service: ★★★☆☆
Price: $$

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

La Petite Vancouver November 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Nice review! How do you think the xiao long bao compared to other places in van? I’m still looking for one that is close to or as good as din tai fung lol

gigi November 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm

LPV – They are ok but not as good as Shanghai River in my opinion. I still have to try Din Tai Fung’s though…have you been to the one in Bellevue? :)

Sherman November 24, 2010 at 11:15 am

Gigi, I’ve been to Shanghai Village 2 times and Viv has been once. I can see why the place has mixed reviews because not everything is good. But the basics are pretty decent. So as long as you stick with the good stuff, it will be a good meal. Stray and it may not be as much.

gigi November 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Sherman – that’s a good point. I went back again and ordered things that I knew were good (from your reviews and others) and they were quite popular with my party.

grayelf November 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

My favourite meals so far at Shanghai Village have been for lunch/dim sum items. They are most consitent then it seems. The XLB quality has gone way downhill since they started giving them away — we had some truly lame ones there last Monday, the only fail item so luckily they were free :-) . They have a great tofu soup on special right now for $1.99.

gigi November 27, 2010 at 10:59 am

Grayelf – thanks for the tip! I’ll have to check out their lunchtime offerings one of these days.

elletee December 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm

woah… free XLB? is this a limited time offer or going on for awhile? maybe we should take the aunties there when they’re back in town ;)

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