If you're into Taiwanese food, I found the place in Watertown near Cambridge Soundworks' headquarters a magnitude better, though it's only open at lunch; food was much tastier there. I suppose you might consider Shangri-La more "authentic Chinese", but I guess it wasn't my cup of soup.
We had a good sampling of the food there w/ our 10 person table. The ravioli w/ spicy sauce was pretty good. We tried two of the noodle soups (one w/ spicy beef, the other w/ pork chop) and they were just ok, but I'm not into noodle soups much. Also tried the sweet/sour pork which just tasted like the standard ketchup pork at China Pearl. Fish head soup came in a MASSIVE bowl and was ok. Crispy intestine looked good(didn't try it though..yuck :-). Had the Peking noodles (ground beef over noodles) and it was much better at the Taiwanese lunch place. The 3 cup chicken w/ ginger and basil was pretty tasty, but the chicken bones were shredded (would have been better deboned). The tea-smoked duck was interesting but a bit dry (I like the one at China Pearl better).
Plus we ordered a fish dish that wasn't done until we got the check so we had to take it to go. The hostess said their oven was broken, but she should have warned us before...
ken (really wishing the other place was open for dinner)-:
p.s., anyone know if Ling Garden near Belmont Wheelworks is any good?