I'm incredibly excited by this new restaurant find. And, true to form, the place isn't in Seattle. Other than the Malay Satay Hut, all my favorite Asian places seem to be outside of the city proper. [For Korean, Hosoonyi in Shoreline. For Thai, Bai Tong near the airport. For pan-Asian, East and West Cafe in Tacoma.]
I was part of a recent chowhound conversation about the general mediocrity of Chinese food in Seattle. But that changed tonight, when I went to the Great Wall Mall and ate at a place with an unclear name (at least in English). The business card reads: Taiwan Restaurant/Shanghai Restaurant.
First of all, this place has xiao long bao. Great soup dumplings! Only other place I know Seattle-side that serves them is Shanghai Garden, but tonight's were much better.
My companion and I then tried two dishes: eggplant with basil (very tasty) and shaved noodles with assorted goodies. Well, maybe that wasn't the official name of the dish, but it consisted of noodles made on site and stir-fried with shrimp, squid and meat. Very, very good.
We sat and watch beautiful dishes of food going to nearby tables... I can't wait to go back with a larger group to sample more. The service was very friendly.
Anyone else tried this place? I, for one, highly recommend it!