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Mei Long in Mountain View?

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Anyone been here? I hear it's upscale Shanghai cuisine.

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  1. Been there a couple of times. Very innovative culinary stylings. Dishes are served individually, not family style, although you are free to share. Had the most fabulous Sea Bass there a couple of years ago. Upscale decor, very quiet and discreet. One of the best Chinese restaurants in the South Bay.

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    1. re: Ken Hoffman

      Another for my ever growing list of restaurants to try...thanks, Ken.

      Anyone else have dishes to recommend?

      1. re: Ken Hoffman

        Is it a branch of the Mei Long Zhen (literally "Plum Dragon Town") restaurants from Shanghai? If so, I am really excited. I was on a tour of China last year and had the pleasure of dining at Mei Long Zhen in Shanghai. It was fantastic! I wonder if they will serve da4 dza2 shieh4 (du tza ha in Shanghainese) or "large gate crabs" that is a specialty of Shanghai. They are in season in September and October.

        What dishes do you recommend? A good shan4 yu2 (those little fish about 3-5 inches long and often sauteed with yellow chives)? Lion's head meatballs? Wonton soup?

        Drooling...

        1. re: Nancy Acton

          I've linked the Los Altos paper's review from 1997 which mentions that some of the features were copied from Mei Long in Shanghai.

          Would those crabs be the same as Shanghai hairy crabs? Posters appear all over Hong Kong during the September and October season when they're available.

          Link: http://www.losaltosonline.com/latc/ar...

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            < I've linked the Los Altos paper's review from 1997 which mentions that some of the features were copied from Mei Long in Shanghai.

            This place has been around since 1997?! Where have I been?! ;) Thanks for posting the review, Melanie, I think we just might have to go there for dinner this week. My husband will be delighted as he much favors the individual dishes system and would really rather not share family-style. :)

            < Would those crabs be the same as Shanghai hairy crabs? Posters appear all over Hong Kong during the September and October season when they're available.

            Yes, I think you're right. They were definitely hairy. About the same size, maybe slightly smaller than a Chesapeake blue crab, with a square-ish body and very delicate meat.

            I do have to pick one nit with the review author though. He seems to have confused Shanghai with Beijing, as he refers to the Forbidden City in Shanghai and "Peking" Mei Long braised duck with pea sprouts and red wine sauce in this article. :)

            1. re: Nancy Acton

              The Los Altos paper's review wasn't that well-written in general. (g) I know we'll get the full scoop from you!

      2. mel,

        heard great things. i'm headed there within a few weeks as it's at the top of my short list now. will let you know.

        wonki

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        1. re: wonki

          Hey Wonki! Great to see you posting again. You'll hit this place before I do, look forward to your report.