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Dec 5, 2010 09:33 AM

Shanghai Bistro [Millbrae]

aka shanghai east, this is their new location (formerly family china bistro, near mcdonald's)

very popular on weekend mornings for the northern dim sum, packed!

bites and slurps:
-xlb(10/6.50) on the small side, some juice, meat dry on inside. does ring on top of xlb indicate xlb is commercially made? seen this also at the ark (alameda) and ming zhu?(s.f.) not recommended
-beef tendon soup(7.50), broth mostly soy, star anise, msg, and salt, no beef taste. noodles commercial, not hand pulled. gai lon and tendons ok.

extensive menu, entrees seem pricier than other shanghai eateries.

shanghai bistro
1055 el camino real
millbrae, ca.

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  1. Thanks shanghaikid for finding this new location. I am a fan of theie cold side dishes. Will have to try someday soon.

    1. Just had a terrific lunch there today with a group of 9. We went for the $88 Family Meal.
      This included:
      Combination Appetizers
      Seafood Deluxe Soup
      Shanghai Sauteed Prawns
      Fish Fillet with Brown Sauce
      Combination Wild Rice Shoots (member of our group said this was "winter bamboo"
      Braised Pork Belly with Preserved Mustard Green
      Sauteed Loofah
      Ji Cai & Shredded Pork with Rice Cake
      2 trays of XLBs (sub for leek w/eel paste that some didn't want)
      Mini Sesame Balls in Rice Wine Soup

      This was a most enjoyable meal! Portion sizes were generous. I don't believe anyone went away hungry. Plates were changed out twice. Not a huge place. We got there at 11:00 and while there were several groups, it was never full. We all felt that it was a great meal especially for the reasonable price. Sorry, no pictures this time.

      We met the owner, Helen and the Head Chef, Steve. Very friendly people. English is spoken, I'm looking forward to going back soon - as mentioned, the menu is large.

      Heads up: The front marquee still has the old name on it so don't let that throw you.

      1. by 'aka shanghai east', you mean the place that used to be on 25th in San Mateo?

        Dang, I had hoped they were moving south.

        2 Replies
        1. re: bbulkow

          yes, they sold the biz there and bought "family bistro". the old locale now features szechwan cuisine.

          1. re: shanghaikid

            Peking duck fans.. They have it done two ways at dinnertime. Soup and Skin with thin crepes.

            Shanghai Bistro's XLB and pan fried pork buns are very good..

            Also note that nearby Sunny Shanghai also deserves attention. Their and fried pork buns are even better.

            Sunny Shanghai
            189 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066