Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant
I’ve been hearing some pretty good reviews about the Xiao Long Bao at Shanghai Wonderful in Richmond so, when we had the chance recently, we headed on over. Not wanting to have the same problem that we had with opening hours as Dinesty, I called ahead of time to find out that they opened at 11am for dim sum.
The Xiao Long Bao at Shanghai Wonderful were different than the ones that I’ve had at other places. The skin was thicker than I preferred but the soup and filling had a distinctive pork flavour to it (unlike the ones at Dinesty that were pretty tasteless).
The vinegar dipping sauce didn’t have much of a vinegar taste to it… it tasted more like soy sauce and it barely had any ginger in it.
The Pan Fried Rice Cake with Beef Roll was pretty good. The rice cake was nice a thin and had a bit of a crispy exterior.
The Szechuan Beef Noodle Soup had plenty of lean beef brisket and the noodles were cooked perfectly with a nice chewy bite to it. This is really a good dish if it’s cold outside because the spicy broth really warms you up.
We couldn’t resist ordering the Spicy Wontons in Peanut Sauce and I’m glad that we did… these were yummy.
We made the same mistake here that we made at Fortune Restaurant and wound up ordering the Turnip Cake (we thought we were ordering pan fried radish cake).
The filling was better than at Fortune Restaurant with cruncy turnip shreds on the inside but I would have preferred lo bak go.
One main drawback of Shanghai Wonderful is that they only accept cash or debit. Personally, I prefer places that take credit card because I’m hooked on my air miles. They could also do with more small tables in this restaurant. We only saw two 2-person tables when we went here. I could see that they had to seat a bunch of 2-person parties at larger 4-person tables because they didn’t have enough small tables.
Food: 3.5 / 5
Service: 3.5 / 5
8380 Lansdowne Road