Shanghai

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Even in rapidly regenerating east London, where nothing is as it once was, Shanghai – converted from an old eel & pie shop – is a fascinating sign of the times. Locals can see F Cooke’s pie shop in old photos at the Hackney Museum, or can experience the original Edwardian wooden booths & art nouveau tiles for themselves at Dalston’s quirkiest Chinese restaurant. The menu flouts convention in favour of giving punters what they want – namely, dim sum night & day (from £2.80). Try the supreme Shanghai seafood dumplings (enclosing crab meat, scallop morsels & stock) or the deep-fried yam croquettes with mixed meat. Malaysian specials & western-influenced versions of eastern food can also be had, along with some tantalising signature dishes including Chilean sea bass infused with golden oolong tea. Karaoke rooms & menus make the venue a good shout for a party.

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Shanghai

41 Kingsland High Street ,London E8 2JS

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Decent food, poor service

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Feb 2015

Seven of us ate at the restaurant, ordering a combination of dim sum and main meals. The dim sum platter we ordered had a fantastic range, and was really tasty. Dishes presented looked good, freshly prepared rather than coming from a pre-prepared mix. Colleagues described what they received as decent, though at £10 it was double the price of other chinese food establishments. However, as often happens, its what goes wrong that characterises the experience. Dishes came in stops and starts,...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 4

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Shanghai

41 Kingsland High Street ,London E8 2JS

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Jan 2013

Excellent food for very reasonable money. Service is a bit straight-forward and not superb, but food and drinks are usually brought very quickly. Shanghai marinated duck is delicious – juicy and tender, highly recommended. Wines and beers are very reasonably priced and they also have a very good selection of Chinese teas. I prefer the inside room with more “traditional” Chinese restaurant décor to the front bit with pie-shop tiled walls and wooden diner booths. Great local place, I keep returning...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 9

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  • Address: 41 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2JS
  • Telephone: 020 7254 2878
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

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