Shu Shu Asian Cuisine on Burnet - Actually not so bad
Had some takeout from Shu Shu's in the old Tien Hong location this evening. I was not really expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by what we got.
The menu: (http://www.shushus.com/menu.html) is not particularly adventurous, which may work in their favor. Mrs. and I had chicken egg rolls, lettuce wraps, and sweet and sour chicken. The fried items were cooked to order well, and the sauces (web site says they are all made on site) were actually pretty tasty.
I would not go so far as to call this great Chinese, but for a counter-service neighborhood place, it wasn't too bad, either. I can definitely see myself ordering from them again.
Has anybody else been yet?
Shu Shu's Asian Cuisine
8303 Burnet Rd, Suite 1, Austin, TX 78757
Very good, high quality American-Chinese food. Good place for when you are craving beef and broccoli or other American Chinese iconic dishes. The dishes are made with high quality ingredients, no gloppy sauce and gristly meat. Shu Shu's makes the on-the-side complimentary with entree fried rice fresh to order (many similar American-Chinese restos rice-cooker cook the rice with soy sauce and then fold in scrambled egg for easy faux fried rice and only make it fresh if you order it as a separate dish). I am more of a Din Ho or First Chinese type of person, but if I am eating with dining partners who are frightened by BBQ ducks in the entrance and sea creatures on a menu but we all want something in the general Chinese genre, it is good to have a place like Shu Shu's which actually serves good American Chinese food so that they can feel safe and I can feel that I've eaten something good. Even though the place is cafeteria style, the service is very very friendly. They also have chicken eggrolls and chicken in the hot and sour soup, good to know for people who don't eat pork. I went with a large group once and we tried everything on the entree menu. All was great except the seared tuna, which wasn't well seasoned.
Tried this place back when it first opened. Nothing to write home about. Got the General Tso's chicken. I've never had General Tso's without it being battered and fried. It was kind of weird. But if you are looking for healthy, it seems like a healthier version of General Tso's. This place reminds me a little of Pei Wei or China Cafe by Phoenix in terms of the menu. Pick a sauce or way you like it cooked, pick a meat and there you go. I wasn't very impressed and probably won't be back.
China Cafe by Phoenix
3901 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759
4200 Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
I wasn't very impressed and probably won't be back.
Likewise. Food was easily edible but for the quality, ambience, etc. I would rather spend my money at Din Ho or Sunllower and similar places. I will give the little redhead a lot of credit for being friendly and giving good service, such as sit was.