Shanghai Garden Asian Bistro is a restaurant that recently opened in Arcadia. it is located next to Cafe Fusion. The name of the restaurant is a bit misleading--it's not really a garden. But I digress. It's more of a Cantonese-American type of place that serves dishes including: egg drop soup, orange chicken, Mongolian beef, shrimp with lobster sauce, etc.
I talked a bit with the waiter / maitre'd (Steve). He confirmed that the main target crowd for the restaurant are non-Chinese locals, so the menu is geared for them. He also said that if we wanted to have a banquet or special party, they could make other, more "authentic" dishes for us.
The decor is nice--understated with Chinese influence. They have a main dining room and a private room where you can perform Karaoke to your heart's delight and to the chagrin of your soon-to-be former friends.
We had the following dishes:
Egg drop soup: Nothing special. It was complimentary.
Happy Family: Shrimp, beef, and chicken cooked with veggies. It's in the seafood section because it originally had scallops. It turns out that they removed the scallops because the patrons didn't like scallop. I thought the oyster sauce-based gravy was a bit too strong.
Twice-cooked pork: This isn't quite like the other versions I've had elsewhere, but it's a decent dish on its own. To me, I'd just call it sauteed pork with veggies.
Curry Noodles with Chicken: This dish was cooked with slightly thicker, round rice noodles. This was tasty.
Service was quite good. Prices are about $8 range for lunch and $12 for dinner orders.
In conclusion, if you want a local neighborhood, Cantonese-American place, Shanghai Garden might be what you're looking for.
516 E. Live Oak
Arcadia, CA 91006
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