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What we ordered at Shanghai Gourmet was terrible

Wendy Lai | Jan 6, 200212:28 AM

Last night we went to Shanghai Gourmet in the Ranch 99 complex in Albany. Maybe we ordered wrong, but it was really bad. I saw a few mention on this board about this place and thought why not give it a try. I should have stuck to my ususal of going to 168, not the greatest but at least I know what I can order there that will be good.

We ordered the sea bass with bean paste, stir fried bean shoots, walnut shrimp, Shanghai pork won tons, and pan fried tofu. The only decent thing was the won tons. The most terrible was the walnut shrimp, which must had about two cups of lemon flavored mayo. The shrimp was coated in a heavy batter than drwan in the mayo sauce. When they first brought it out they even forgot the walnuts! The pan fried tofu sounded innocent enough, but it came as lightly battered and fried tofu with a brown sauce that quickly made the fried batter soggy. I am unfamiliar with the taste of the brown sauce, it's got green onions that's all I can remember. The sea bass was too oily, a pool of red oil sourrounded the fillet of fish. You can't really mess up stir fry vegetable, they didn't really, but that was also too oily.
The one good thing was te won tons. That came first, which made me believe the meal was starting out great and will continue great, boy was I wrong. Big fat won tons with generous pork and vegetable filling came in a clean light broth.

I don't know if it's table envy, but other people seems to have better food on their table. I was really looking forward to a yummy Chinese dinner that night, I was very disappointed. For three people the bill came out to $50, then we added tip. The service was good, they were very nice. I might go back again, but next time I probably will only do noodle or soup dishes.

Good thing tonight's dinner at Shalimar in the Tenderloin made up for a bad experience last night. Thanks Chowhounds for the tip on Shalimar.

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