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Jun 16, 2013 10:26 AM

Shanghailander Palace In Rowland Heights

Thanks to TonyC for this one. Better than Shanghai No. 1 at every dish except for the pan fried buns. Every table was packed by 630pm on Saturday.

We had:

-Trio of medicinal soups. Duck, chicken, and squab. The duck and chicken were the favorites.

-Crab XLB. A bit leaky but still filled with plenty of juice. Similar to J&J but with a much thinner wrapper.

-Pan fried buns. Only real miss. Same as your average pan fried buns anywhere in LA. No soup on the inside. Easily better at SN1.

-Braised pork. Pretty F-ing awesome. Really flavorful. Fattier and more tender than the SN1 version. Real winner.

-Crab with rice cake. Also much more flavorful than the SN1 version. Crab was very fresh. Ended up with 3 claws. Odd.

-Sautéed pea leaves. Very tender. Not too oily. Well done.

Service as attentive as Elite or Sea Harbour. 2 bottles, no corkage.

Steamed fish at other tables look good, so did the lions head.

We are all looking forward to going back.

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  1. We found the food a bit average tasting, although everything looked quite nice. The smoked fish and sea cucumbers, however, were quite good.

    Best part of the meal was the tea service.

    4 Replies
    1. re: ipsedixit

      Boggles my mind you still prefer MLV over this and SN1.

      Literally every table was packed by 630pm so they are crushing it.

      Different strokes for different folks I guess ;-)

      1. re: Porthos

        Where did I say I prefer this over MLV and/or SN1?

        The food overall was ok, it didn't overwhelm me nor underwhelm me. I was just sort of whelmed, I suppose.

        Everything did look nice.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          You still consistently recommend MLV for Shanghainese food and XLB. These days, it really lags behind the competition.

          Where else do you usually go for Shanghai cuisine?

      2. This is the hot place right now in Rowland/Hacienda Heights area, so I expect the joint to be jumpin'.

        Great report back.

        Must the braised dishes be ordered in advance? How about them mutant 3-clawed crabs?

        Did they comp you a dessert or three?

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        1. re: J.L.

          Nothing was advance order. Turnover is so high and everyone seemed to be ordering it.

          A lot of people also seemed to be ordering the braised fish tail in brown sauce.

          Dinner was only $40pp after tip. No comped desserts. Too stuffed anyways. Couldn't even finish the pork and pan fried buns. There were plenty of other larger tables ordering excessively though so maybe they did :-)

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            I'd say pork and crab with rice cake are must haves. Hope you can try one of the clay pot dishes (lions head and the house special one looked good). Looking forward to your report!

            1. re: Porthos

              The eggplant with shrimp is amazing.

          2. We really loved it.
            Excellent cold Appy's : smoked fish, big fava beans, rolled up greens w/ sesame sauce
            Nice XLB and Duck Soup and Pan-Fried Buns.
            The Lion's Heads meatballs were truly OUTSTANDING. We had them "plain" but they serve them in a soup too.
            Crab and Pork dishes wonderful, as Porthos says.
            Awesome Fried Fish w seaweed (used to be called Yellow Croaker at the long lost and dearly missed Green Village), Stir fried shrimp, Braised Fish tails -- all perfect.
            They were out of eel casserole which is a Shanghai standard bearer for me that I will have to return to try. Instead we had a thin rice noodle casserole that was really good.

            We brought wine, beer and Macallan - no corkage.

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            1. re: Ciao Bob

              Outstanding sounding meal!

              Sounds like I have to go back and try those lions heads and cold apps.

            2. Update.

              They have now instituted a $10 corkage. Probably because so many people were taking advantage of it ;)

              The crab with rice cake, sauteed pea shoots, and braised pork were again stellar.

              The crab and pork XLB definitely took a drop in quality. The wrapper was much thicker than previous, filling less juicy. SN1 retakes the lead on this one.

              Lions head in soup was pretty unremarkable. Good but quite standard. SN1's version is easily superior.

              Also tried the duck and bamboo shoots soup in casserole. The duck was a bit tough but the broth was delicious.