Review on Shanghai Dalston
Originally one of the most famous eel-and-pie houses in East London, run in Dalston for many years by Fred and Chris Cooke, this is now Shanghai a Chinese restaurant dealing in regional cuisine. The Grade-II listed building retains its ornate and meticulously preserved turn-of-the-century frontage, and there are still oak booths, marble slabs and mirrors etched with eel motifs at the front of the restaurant. Beyond, it is pure oriental - complete with raucous karaoke from time to time.
Among the list of intriguing appetisers, look for traditional Shanghai 'ravioli' filled with minced prawns, bamboo shoots and Chinese mushrooms served with chilli oil, as well as salt-and-pepper asparagus and steamed scallop dumplings wrapped in spinach juice pastry.
Lobsters and crabs are served every which way (try them steamed with garlic and Chinese wine) and the rest of the menu ranges from braised monkfish with fried beancurd to sliced duck in hot bean sauce. Also enquire about chef Paul Cheng's list of monthly signature dishes.
Shanghai is part of the Weng Wah group, which also owns Weng Wah House in Haverstock Hill, NW3 and the new high-flyer Shanghai Blues on High Holborn, WC1.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card