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Bund Shanghai vs. Shanghai House?

  • Pei Apr 16, 2009 06:47 PM
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What are people's opinions on where I should go to satisfy some Shanghainese food cravings? Specifically, I am hoping to eat some knife cut noodles, xiao long bao, and savory soy milk. I know there are a ton more traditional Shanghainese dishes to be had, but my heart wants what it wants. Where should I head? We're tired of Shanghai Dumpling King.

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Shanghai House
3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Bund Shanghai
640 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA

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  1. No knife cut noodles at Bund, as far as I know; and anyway Five Happiness does knife cut noodles better than Shanghai House. My recent Bund visits have delivered better xiao long bao than at Shanghai House, though not by a huge margin, but Shanghai Dumpling King is still my favorite for xiao long bao.

    Overall, if knife-cut noodles are not a requirement, then both Shanghai House and Bund are very solid. You might as well choose based on location and convenience. Bund probably wouldn't ever require a wait, but parking is easier at Shanghai House.

    1. I would try Shanghai House, I found the food at Bund just OK and the portions for the price was not as good as other places. I only went once and was not impress enough to go back.

      I like Sunny Shanghai better and closer for me. Portion larger, cheaper, parking better so I do not have to go up to the City for good Shanghai food.

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      1. re: yimster

        Quick note on Chinatown parking:
        Bund Shanghai validates parking at the Portsmouth Square garage (enter on Kearny between Clay and Washington), a short block from the restaurant.
        Other places that validate are Utopia Cafe and Great Eastern.
        Plenty of spaces in the garage after 5PM.

        1. re: Joel

          R&G also validates. Anyhow, the parking in that garage is pretty cheap. One hour for $2.50, and if you enter after 5pm, $5 max. Or you could be like my dad, who insists on circling and circling and circling looking for street parking .....with a Lincoln towncar.

          1. re: Joel

            Yes, but if remember correctly there is a minimum purchase. Utopia's is 25 dollars. I just think there are better values available then Bund. I guess I was under impressed with the food.

            If going to the City I have a lot of places I need to check out.

            Thanks anyway for the information.

        2. Reporting back: We ended up at Shanghai House and fell in love with it!

          Overall, I would say the quality of the cooking is much better than at Shanghai Dumpling King. There's a certain attention to detail and culinary flair that really makes all the dishes at Shanghai House shine. A couple of examples:

          -the deep fried crullers in the savory soy milk were still crunchy when the dish came to the table, and stayed crunchy for quite some time despite floating in soy milk
          -the vegetarian goose was lightly fried on the outside so there was an added dimension of texture to the dish
          -the flavors in the lamb stew with pickled napa were refreshingly bright and tangy, with a balance between the lamb and pickle flavor without any muddled-ness

          I could go on and on, but suffice it to say we had a great time.

          Photos: http://www.chezpei.com/2009/04/shangh...