As we wait for our order, we noticed something inside our water. Is that a dirt?
“No, sir. It’s lemon pulp.”
Ooh! That’s why their water is so cool. There was no need to order drinks as this was quite refreshing. If their water is that good, what more on their Shanghai cuisine. This is the time when we started to enjoy Modern Shanghai.
Modern Shanghai is a casual dining Chinese restaurant of the Bistro Group. It offers original home cooked recipes from appetizers to soups, from meat dishes to seafood dishes, from desserts to drinks. It provides a chill place with a Chinese vibe to eat. But unlike the other Chinese restaurants colored with either red or yellow, Modern Shanghai is simply painted with white, brown and black which puts every customer at ease.
As we drank our water, our orders finally arrived.
Xiao Long Bao
Let’s start with their signature Xiao Long Bao. In every Chinese restaurant you will find a Xiao Long Bao, but you will never find a Xiao Long Bao like Modern Shanghai’s in other Chinese restaurants. Filled with juicy meat, this Xiao Long Bao made my night.
Did I just say that Modern Shanghai makes the best dumplings? The skin may be thick but the fillings were savory. Other than that, the hot broth was pretty good. Their combination was overwhelming which made us order another one.
As for our appetizer, we tried their chicken feet. The taste of it is not as overwhelming as most Chicken Feet dishes, but much more, instead. I can proudly say that I’m the one who finished most of the chicken feets served. You can’t blame me, it’s just so tasty.
Sweet and Sour Chicken
If you know me, you would know I’m not really a fan of chicken. But the way they cooked the chicken and the way they mix it with the sweet and sour sauce was different. I can’t explain how great the taste was because all I know is that I love it.
Deep Fried Garoupa
Uhmm, what’s garoupa? Oh nevermind, just eat this one! Well, one thing that adds on how I rate dishes is the plating. And this one stood out because of that. It’s also nice that they separated the fish contents so without much effort in deboning, we enjoyed this garoupa.
Deep Fried Squid with Spicy Salt and Pepper
Attention! This one is a must try. No, I’m not biased because I’m in love with seafood. Even I hate squids, I would still love this. The touch spicy salt and pepper to the crunchy fried squid was splendid. Dip it with its accompanying vinegar and it will be more than that.
Sauteed Sliced Beef with Scallions
Modern Shanghai aims not just to give flavorful meals, but also healthy meals. Sauteed Sliced Beef is an example of that because it comes with a nice amount of scallions. From the beef that they served, I can feel the freshness in it.
Deep-fried Glutinous Dumplings
I’ve already memorized how buchi tastes like since it’s frequented as a family snack. Yet we still try it outside home, most specially in Chinese restaurants. We’ve tasted good and bad and the Modern Shanghai’s belong to the good ones. The crust was just as great as the fillings.