A group of us got together last night to explore the menu at Shangri-La in Belmont. A few Boston hounds really love the place and so when the call sounds, the willing will answer.
Everything was good, but there are a couple of really standout dishes. The scallion pancake is the best version I've ever had, although it's still just a scallion pancake -- I'm not sure I'd drive to Belmont for it. I *would* drive for the tea smoked boneless duck. Oh gawd, that's an amazing dish. Vivid smokey flavor, house-made pancakes, scallions and hoisin (not plum sauce) to roll up Peking duck style. The skin is crispy and delicious and the duck meat is succulent. It will be really hard for me not to order that dish every time I go back.
Bean curd skin roll is a cold app and I liked it a lot but others were not as taken with it. Dumplings were just okay. The eggplant with spicy sauce dish is not as good as Taiwan Cafe in chinatown -- next time I'd get the version with pork and see if that transports me. We ordered several more dishes (twice cooked beef, kung pao squid, fish and tofu) and the whole thing came to $24/head including a generous tip.
One more thing I will say with conviction .... the wine is truly the worst I've ever had (and I've had bad wine in my day.) If you wish to imbibe, do stick with the beer.
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