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Sacto: Umeki, shanghai and seafood?!

Peter | Oct 18, 200310:37 PM

And sushi too? This is the Umeki on Folsom Blvd, south of Watt Ave. It used to be a seafood buffett. We went today for lunch because they've been advertising they are now a Shanghai restaurant that serves seafood and sushi too. The place is rather large, and indeed it has been transformed. Where they used to have the buffetts, now they have huge tanks of crab, lobster, and fish. We are quite sketical, since Shanghainese cuisine is not strong on fresh seafood. Although they have sushi and sashimi on the menu, I don't see a sushi bar. For raw fish I want to see the fish, and how it is prepared. I don't order sashimi from the kitchen.

So down to Shanghai cuisine. They have many of the standard Shanghai dishes. We ordered steam vegetarian dumplings. fried rice cakes, and braised beef noodle. The fried rice cakes were a little too wet (greasy?) and too salty. The steam dumplings were fine, but nothing special. The beef noodles were the best of the three, although again nothing too special.

All in all the execution left a little to be desired. So in pinch, if I want Shanghainese food, this place will do. I kind of doubt that they can keep this up though. The place seemed too big, and I am not sure if they can get enough customers to order the higher end seafood items.

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