Shanghai Bistro

It was a busy week for me and my stomach was craving for some treats. It was a Friday near payday so Boyet and I thought that Greenbelt was definitely out of our list. It would be too hard to get a cab and I’d probably end up irritated of the choosy cab drivers. It was also the day after a fire burned down a restaurant at Greenbelt 3 so we weren’t sure if it was a good idea to go there.

We were supposed to have dinner at the restaurant that I have been dying to try but it was jam-packed. We went to Paseo Center instead and finally settled with Shanghai Bistro. I have been to this place once for a teambuilding lunch and we ended up bringing home more food than what we actually consumed because of their huge servings. I enjoyed my first visit but I didn't dare come back because their food is a little pricey.

We were served with some peanuts which is usual in some Chinese restaurants.

We started our meal with a single serving of Chicken Soup with Straw Mushroom. The boiling soup can be compared with our native tinola but this one has subtle flavors. The texture of the chicken was just right that I almost thought it was fish fillet.

IMG_2241Chicken Soup with Straw Mushroom Php68

Shanghai bistro has a separate menu dedicated for dumplings. There were so many choices making it doubly hard for me to choose. It was so hard that I settled for the familiar pork and shrimp siomai. Hehe!

It’s irritating when you get to eat grease wrapped in siomai wrapper disguising as real dumplings. And you end up feeling woozy after eating too much fat. I was glad that Shanghai Bistro’s siomai (menu says siomei) wasn’t too oily. Dip it in soy sauce with chili sauce and you’ll get a better treat!

IMG_2266Steamed Pork and Shrimp Siomei Php105

We were both startled when the big plate of Yang Chow was served to us. We then agreed that it would be impossible to finish it. It would have been ideal if I dined with my family. The rice would have been gone in seconds. The fried rice wasn’t oily at all. And there was this distinct aroma that definitely enhanced my appetite.

IMG_2258 Yang Chow Fried Rice Php200

We were both faltering on what to get along with the fried rice. We were fortunate that the waiter accommodated all our questions. He made a few suggestions until we finally ordered for Stir-Fried Mixed Seafood in Kung Pao Sauce.

I enjoyed the Kung Pao chicken of Pho Hoa so my expectations were really high on this dish. I enjoyed the dish a lot from its simple presentation to the burst of flavors. The vegetables were still crispy and the squid wasn’t rubbery. But the reason I enjoyed it the most is the cashew nuts because I got used to Kung Pao with peanuts. The addition of cashew nuts made the flavors even richer.

IMG_2248Stir-Fried Mixed Seafood in Kung Pao Sauce Php330

Shanghai Bistro
Level 3 Paseo Center
8757 Paseo de Roxas cor. Sedeno St.
Makati City, Metro Manila


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