We started going to Shanghai Grill for xiao long bao (XLB), or Shanghai style buns on this menu, because they are one few places in the city that make these traditional Shanghai-style dumplings.
For those that do not know, xiao long bao literally means “little basket buns” for the bamboo baskets they are steamed in. They are quite complex to make, making them difficult to find (depending on where you are). To make them, the broth is gelatinized and wrapped in a thin dough with a pork-based filling. Steaming the dumplings melts the gelatin, returning the broth to a liquid state and poaching the pork. What you are left with is a soul-warming, soupy satchel that captivates all who have the pleasure of eating it.
The menu offers a variety of soups, noodle and rice dishes. They also serve and dim sum and have many different seafood and vegetarian options. During our visit we ordered a pot of green tea for the table. To eat we had the Shanghai style juicy porks buns (or XLB), they come with either pork or crab/pork filling. Each order has six dumplings and cost $11 and $15, respectively. We also had the dan dan noodles (noodles in a spicy peanut broth), peach yum-yum shrimp (this is obviously not the proper name, but if you ask for “peach yum-yum shrimp they’ll know what you’re talking about), spicy Szechuan noodles and beef with black bean sauce.
Of the dishes we tried, my favorites were the dan dan noodles and Shanghai style juicy pork buns (or XLB).
Shanghai Grill is located on 111 Ave, somewhat hidden the industrial area. You can dine in, order take-out or delivery via SkipTheDishes. The restaurant is spacious with many tables that can accommodate large groups; they also have a small patio. We went on a Thursday night and had no trouble getting a table without a reservation. Service was good and reasonably quick. Dinner for four cost about $100 (with tip).
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