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Jan 3, 2013 09:02 AM

Shanghai Garden Asian Bistro Arcadia

Saw a couple of postings here and on yelp; decided to check it out for dinner.

1. Hot and sour soup
- is just ok; cheap at $3

2. Crispy Chicken
- $20 of dry chicken..

3. Lobster sauce Shrimp
- lots of gooey starchy gravy with no taste of lobster

4. Sweet and sour pork
- average, very average; no idea what the fuss is about

5. Service

Will not go back again. Am guessing the fans on yelp loves Panda Express. I should just waited in line at Cafe Fuson next door.

516 E Live Oak Ave
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 254-8890

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    1. One of the very few Americanized Chinese places in the Chinese SGV. Indeed, the only others I can think of offhand are Bamboo Garden and Panda Express in Alhambra and Ye Loy in Temple City.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        Surely you did not forget Jasmine Cafe in San Marino, did you?

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Actually I was more prone to classify them with Jade House in Industry and Bean Sprouts in Arcadia that serve some form of "healthy" Chinese food that resembles Americanized Chinese food, but which appear to have Chinese customers on their radar.

      2. > I should just waited in line at Cafe Fuson next door.

        Actually, you should have gone straight across the street to Pho-Licious. If you can overlook its excruciatingly cheesy name, it's actually very good, especially for the house special pho, the beef/lemongrass banh mi (on warm,freshly baked baguettes, unlike some of the SGV banh mi factories...), and the shrimp curry.

        Just stay away from their rice paper spring rolls, which taste like wet styrofoam.

        1. Although I'm not a huge fan of old school Americanized Chinese food, I enthusiastically give them kudos for customer service.

          When I went there, I ordered a curry noodle with chicken dish. It was tasty, but it had red onions and green bell peppers cut into 1-inch squares. I told Steve that the dish would both look and taste better if they replaced the red onions with red bell peppers. I also recommended cutting the red and existing green bell peppers into narrow strips instead of squares. My wife went back a couple of weeks later, and they actually implemented my suggestion.