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.
1055 el camino real
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.
189 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
Just had a terrific lunch there today with a group of 9. We went for the $88 Family Meal.
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
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.