Restaurants & Bars

Shanghai: Review of Pasta House / You Mian Zi / 有面子

JT | Mar 12, 200609:00 AM

So about a week or so ago, we went to the above cited restaurant. It was pretty good. It’s actually a pretty large restaurant. It’s on Dingxi Lu, across from Ba Guo Bu Yi [a large Sichuan chain restaurant], and about the same size. Two stories at least, a lot of private rooms on the second floor. It appears to have been around for awhile, although maybe that’s just because the review came out awhile ago.

The menu is very large and by no means limited to noodles. They have fishes, duck, and a large number of other dishes available as well. They offer la mian [pulled noodles], dao xiao mian [knife cut noodles], scissor-cut noodles, noodles torn into square chunks by hand, and about 3-5 other types. We had what’s listed as yige mian [一根面], although I think the pinyin should actually be yigen mian. Then again, my Mandarin sucks. They also have some kind of noodle that looks like a honeycomb. Or manicotti.

You can order any kind of noodle you want, specify the quantity, and then pick a sauce. They have cha siu, hong shao, and a couple other sauces available. 34 meters of yige[n] mian turned out to be a medium-large bowl of noodles, which I felt I could have finished by myself. The hong shao sauce was okay.

We also had roast duck, which looked sort of like a Cantonese duck, but tasted a good deal fattier and sweeter. I’m guessing it was some sort of Shanghai preparation. Personally I prefer Cantonese duck [and other foods]. The ginko-nut, lotus petal & clear jello stir fry was okay. Nothing else was particularly notable. [Good, I just figure we don't need another review of stir-fried green vegetables.]

The entire meal was, like Ba Guo Bu Yi, medium-priced for Chinese food – maybe about 150RMB overall. I’m planning to go back and explore the other noodles.

Also, they have valet parking. Which we didn’t use. But the door guy went way above & beyond the call of duty to get us a cab home, which is no easy feat on a cold & rainy night.

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