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I just got back from that place. The service is the worst. The waiter doesn't speak english. They ran out of soy milk and spareribs which were the 2 items that i wanted to order. The food is ok. The soup smells like garbage tho. They don't give out ice water. So, i asked for "ice". They gave me the ice that's used for storing the raw veggie and meat. There's one kid running around. The seats are dirty and the table is not clean. There's a rice left over on our soup bowls. There's a dirt [like a chunk of black soil] in the rice. WORST PLACE for chinese food EVER!.... never go there again. bad experience. I really think that they don't really give a f*** about this business. Compare to Jade Garden, that place is a lot better.

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[[Thumbnail(lion.jpg, "Lion's Head Casserole, Shanghai Style Chow Mein, and General's Chicken", right, 300)]]

Location
1260 Lake Blvd. #111 (in Westlake Plaza)
Hours
Mon-Fri 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-9:00PM
Sat-Sun 11:00AM-9:30PM
Phone
(530) 758-4663
Website
Unknown

A very affordably priced Chinese restaurant in Westlake Plaza, just a few storefronts south of Chuy's Taqueria. There are vast quantities of every dish, including the appetizers. They deliver in West Davis if your order costs more than $20. There is no delivery charge.

Shanghai Town has an extensive Dim Sum menu on weekends. They do not come around with carts, but they offer far more dim sum items than the rest of Davis's Chinese restaurants combined. As with any Dim Sum place, the value improves a lot if you order several items together, so it's good to go (and share) with friends or to take out large quantities. The people working there are very nice.

The owner of Shanghai Town moved her restaurant from San Bruno (about 15 minutes south of San Francisco) to Davis. It replaced Hometown Chinese Restaurant, which moved for a short time to downtown Woodland and apparently is re-opening in South Davis.

Shanghai Town was the only Chinese Restaurant open on Christmas, 2005.

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2005-06-02 18:02:20   The owner of the restaurant which originally was called Hometown Chinese Restaurant has moved his business to Woodland. I guess the new owners destroyed the high reputation the previous owners left them. And yes, the owner of the orignal Hometown Chinese is one of the nicest owners in Davis. That's a fact. —BenLee


2005-08-28 22:47:44   I ate their earlier this night, shortly before closing. They were out of most items, however they freshly cooked what we wanted -a nice touch. The two people seemed quite friendly. While the food was a bit greasy/oily, it tasted fine, and I have no expectation of being poisoned there. I'd consider them average (rating=5) for inexpensive Chinese food. —SteveDavison


2005-09-04 20:27:10   After eating food from there today, I'm dropping my rating of them one point to [Rating=4]. Just too greasy. —SteveDavison


2005-12-15 17:37:02   Random and useless tidbit: The owner of Shanghai Town moved her restaurant from San Bruno (about 15 minutes south of San Francisco) to Davis. I went to high school with her son and now her son goes to Davis so I'm assuming that they moved the restaurant here so that her son could help run the place. —EmilyTung


2005-12-15 17:52:07   They offer Dim Sum! And they're all very friendly. —EdwinSaada


2005-12-25 22:23:55   I had a really good experience here. Given the prices, I was shocked at how much food they gave us. We started out by eating some complementary Chinese doughnuts they were kind enough to give us. The General's chicken was tough but very flavorful. The green onion pancake was fried goodness, and the sesame seed coating was a welcome treat. The Shanghai Style Chow Mein was made with rice noodles, and was better than any Chow Mein I've had in Davis. With four 2.5 inch diameter meatballs, the Lion's Head casserole, pictured above, was gigantic and well worth $8.95. On another occasion, The Seafood Rice Cakes were delicious and had perfectly cooked squid, a rarity in Davis. I didn't care for the Vegetable Buns, which were too dry, but liked the Stir Fried Eel and the steamed Baby Buns. CraigBrozinsky


2006-01-20 17:05:45   Shanghai Town is the best restaurant in Davis, California. By far. - Cheng-Jie Yang. —DavisWikiGnome


2006-01-21 18:07:55   This place has the absolute worst Chinese food in Davis, hands down. The chow mein and fried rice were flavorless and the general chicken was made of dry, chewy dark meat. With the lunch special, you can chose two entrees, however, there were only two entrees to choose from - general chicken and sesame chicken. —JacobOrenberg


2006-01-30 13:31:39   For all of you who do not appreciate the food here, you just dont know what REAL Chinese food is. This place has authentic Shanghainese dishes such as Lion's Head, Stir Fried rice cakes, and various Shanghainese dim sum dishes. They also have a $16.99 for three special on the bottom part of the menu but that's written only in chinese. This is the best Chinese restaurant in Davis by far, if only you know what to order. —KiwiSelina


2006-03-11 13:08:49   Shanghai town has the most authentic mainland chinese food in davis. Their menu is very diverse and affordable. Get the eggplant with pork clay pot and the intestine with pickled cabbage. Both are winners. They also have a wonderful braised tofu with vegetable dish. The staff was also very friendly and the restaurant has a very home-style feel. —BrandonTenn


2006-04-27 16:00:33   I tend to avoid anything under a heat lamp in general, but the menu here is great! I was addicted to this restaurant for a while, going at least once a week for two months, but I think I've gotten over it. The food is great although can have too much salt or oil. I would recommend getting a variety of dishes. I've gotten dinner which consisted of three different things all in a brown sauce and I was not pleased. Also, service is relatively friendly but service is the slowest I've seen in Davis (read: bring a newspaper). Knowing Chinese or bringing a Chinese friend is a plus in order to get some of the good stuff on the menu. When I was an addict, I dedicated a facebook album to them, so check it out here: [WWW]http://ucdavis.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2022658&id=3219581WinstonLee


I just got back from that place. The service is the worst. The waiter doesn't speak english. They ran out of soy milk and spareribs which were the 2 items that i wanted to order. The food is ok. The soup smells like garbage tho. They don't give out ice water. So, i asked for "ice". They gave me the ice that's used for storing the raw veggie and meat. There's one kid running around. The seats are dirty and the table is not clean. There's a rice left over on our soup bowls. There's a dirt [like a chunk of black soil] in the rice. WORST PLACE for chinese food EVER!.... never go there again. bad experience. I really think that they don't really give a f*** about this business. Compare to Jade Garden, that place is a lot better.

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