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“Shanghai Grill: The place to go for soup dumplings”
Review of Shanghai Grill

Shanghai Grill
Ranked #635 of 2,579 Restaurants in Edmonton
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

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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Reviewed 17 September 2017

Food was good and staff service was good too; however it's you compare with Vancouver Shanghai restaurant, it's more expensive.

Thank Peter L
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We used to go there when my daughter's family lived in Edmonton. Just returned for visit and Xiao Long Bao is still great and juicy. That is our favorite. They still have my Shanghainese dishes on the menu. But we need to wait until my daughter's family come with a big group.

Thank AngeloZBeijing
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

I went there with two friends on a Saturday for brunch. The restaurant was very quiet for a Saturday morning. The restaurant decor and cleanliness were pretty average for typical Chinese restaurants in town. Service was ok. Hot tea were refilled whenever we lifted the lid of the teapot (indication of an empty teapot).

This is not your usual Chinese restaurant in town where Cantonese style (southern coastal regions of China) or Sichuan style (famous for their spicy food from the central region) Chinese food were served. This is a Shanghai style restaurant serving cuisine originated from the central coastal regions of China.

I've seen online they also have an English menu serving Western Chinese food (chop suey).

Between the three of us, we shared a xiao long bao (steamed mini pork soup dumpling); a pan-fried pork dumpling; a sticky rice roll; and a Shanghai fried noodle. Price was fairly reasonable, it works out about $15 each including tax and gratuity.

The xiao long bao and pan-fried dumpling tasted exactly the same, which was weird. Both of them were under seasoned and the texture was not smooth and glutinous enough. Both of them were juicy. The wrap of the xiao long bao was on the thick side but at least it did not burst when picked up with the chopsticks. Ginger in the vinegar were missing for the xiao long bao. Both dishes were piping hot and the pan-fried dumpling was crispy and nicely fried.

The Shanghai fried noodle was also under seasoned. They made this dish a vegetarian dish instead of having pork strips fried with the noodle. The texture of the noodle was good though.

The sticky rice roll was a pleasant surprise. The fried dough tasted fresh and not dried at all. Interestingly. it's not the typical sticky rice roll where fried dough, pork floss, and finely diced pickled vegetables were wrapped by sticky rice. For this one, sugar was sprinkled on the fried dough making this savory dish literally sweet. Having said that, the flavor blended in quite well and I would say I did enjoy this dish.

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Thank Robin L
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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

First time.... excellent service and exceptional food. All little more expensive than your usual Chinese but far more flavors and we'll worth the difference. Will definetly recommend to anyone I know.

Thank Doug J
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