Shanghai Town/Reviews from 2007

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2007-01-07 12:46:44   Food is DELICIOUS here however the customer service sucks! They are so busy that they don't have enough workers to greet the guest that actually want to eat at the restaurant. Their food is so good, sometimes the wait is worth it but the trick is to get your own menu and maybe even walk up to the counter for your order. To me they are the best Chinese food in town. Too bad its so far from campus. I do agree they are a bit greasy but most restaurant food is, you just barely see it. —BeeBooBee


2007-01-08 22:22:09   Hands down the best chinese restaurant in Davis. I live in the apartment complex next to the restaurant so I eat there often. I suggest call in first before you go because it does take a VERY LONG time. —HenryHsu


2007-01-14 17:52:32   Agree with all previous comments about bad service. I went there on a saturday morning at around noon and I was not served for 15 minutes even though the waiter made eye contact with me several times. I didn't get neither water nor tea and the waiter just kept talking to his son. Eventually I just left but now that I now their service sucks maybe I will go there expecting bad service just for their food. —TheConnoisseur


2007-02-18 23:55:59   6 fat ass pot stickers for $3.60. That's one cheap meal. —JeffSpeckles


2007-03-06 22:26:46   greasy food, bad and slow service, and overall not pleasant —MikeWong


2007-03-13 19:58:07   If you don't mind waiting, this here is the best Chinese food in Davis. —BriannaBetancourt


2007-05-02 16:37:51   My friend and I went here Sunday because Moshi Moshi was closed. Don't ask why, but that's what we decided. Anyway, this isn't the first time we've been here, but the first time all we ordered were the Chinese fried donuts and sesame cakes. Those were pretty good. This time we went, we also ordered the Lion's Head clay pot soup, pan-fried baby buns, and steamed baby buns. Wow, all that stuff was good and the portions are nice (especially the soup). The two of us stuffed ourselves silly, had plenty of leftovers, and spent less that $20. As for the service, we were served pretty fast, but that's probably because we conversed with the owner in Chinese. In any case, I highly recommend this place for good chinese food if you don't mind heading out to West Davis. —VincentShin


2007-07-15 12:30:14   I woke up early today and was craving a Chinese breakfast. I was about to drive down to Sac, but happily remembered that this place might have what I wanted (they did!). Now, the complaints about this place (cleanliness wise) I can understand, but it's really par for the course for authentic places. The food itself really hit the spot and was a really good deal (for Davis). I had the salty soybean milk, a "rice roll," and the vegetable dumplings — all were good and fairly standard, which made it way above standard in Davis. I'll definitely be back to try their dinner and to have breakfast there again too. For people who don't normally eat "real" chinese food, I recommend starting out with the sweet soybean milk and an order of Chinese Donuts (salty not sweet) to dunk them in, if you're hungry add a rice roll. —AlvinTsao


2007-08-27 13:20:36   As a person who grew up in Rowland Heights (one of the biggest chinese areas in Southern California) and eaten at numerous hole-in-the-walls in asia and in the US, I find this place to be par in Rowland and excellent in Davis. I had the "mandarin chinese breakfast" (dou jang, you tiao) with onion pan cake, rice roll (salt flavored) pan-fried dumplings, pan-fried buns and pan-fried red bean cake (I would high recommend others to try this out series out) and I liked it all. Like other have mentioned, service sucks but as a "chowhound", it's all about the food and waiting just allows me to talk more with my friends. I'd would second that this is the most authentic Northern chinese food in Davis. +Real mandarin chinese breakfast +Quality northern chinese food, not the americanized chinese food -Service (what do you expect, it's a hole in the wall) —atwong


2007-09-27 17:57:37   I just wish I could understand what they are saying..and parts of the menu.. —YooHyunOak


2007-10-06 23:28:17   Finally tried Shanghai Town tonight for dinner. Can't believe I didn't try it earlier! I'd say its comparable to Hometown, authentic Chinese food. Too bad it's so far away from where I live. I took CraigBrozinsky's suggestions on this page and got the Lion's Head Clay Pot Soup, Seafood Shanghai Style Chow Mein, added the Green Onion pancake, white rice to go with the Lion's Head meatballs, and got an order of steamed dumplings to go. I really enjoyed my meal, I will definitely be returning. The only thing I thought was the Green Onion pancake was a bit bland and has sesame seeds on it, I prefer the ones from Noodle City. I really want to try many of the other items on the menu (esp. the Dim Sum), but wasn't able to tonight (too much food!). Service was great also and our bill wasn't too bad considering how much food we received, we were lucky there weren't many people dining in tonight and we got all of our dishes VERY quickly. —AmyLee


2007-10-26 17:09:17   I'm all about the $5.55 lunch buffet special ($5.98 with tax)! Chow mein, fried rice, and two entrees of your choice - and there are more choices than just "general chicken and sesame chicken" as someone said. I usually get broccoli-beef and sesame chicken, and the sesame chicken is especially delicious - after you've tried it you'll find yourself craving it another day. All that is enough to last me for two meals, but then I don't eat big portions. But for me, that's $6 for TWO delicious lunches - one today, leftovers the next day. I haven't tried sitting down and ordering food there yet, but I'd love to try it soon - I'm just a little put off by not being able to read the menu... —gurglemeow


2007-11-03 19:38:00   soybean milk is pretty good. "chinese fried dough" is made after you order, so it's quite fresh. Rice roll isn't too bad but the rice aren't sticky enough. Pan-fried beef cakes look a bit amateurish. Haven't tried anything else. Not too bad overall. —ChWong

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