Address: 907/644 George St, Sydney NSW
Tel: (02) 9261 8832
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It was a busy Friday afternoon when Mum and I decided to grab some lunch in our lunch breaks. We headed over to Taste of Shanghai in the bottom level of World Square Shopping Centre.
When we got there, there was a queue with about 6 people ahead of us. We asked how long it would take to get a seat and were told that it would probably be about 15 minutes.
Mum wasn’t keen on waiting but I really wanted to try this place out as I have walked past it so many times, so we decided to wait.
It turned out that the wait was only 10 minutes and we were soon seated at the back of the restaurant at a big round table with two other groups of people.
The front of the restaurant is average looking but presentable. There are lovely patterned stencils on the walls and dark brown chairs and tables. However the back is a bit of a mess: the fish tank at the back and the papers and random signs make it look disorganised and a bit cheap.
Service was disappointing.
We had a look at the menu and after ordering we were told that our meals would take about 30-35 minutes to come out.
We couldn’t wait that long as we had to make it back to work within the one hour lunch breaks we both had so we thought we would ask if they could make our orders any faster or if there was a particular dish that they could make quickly.
After editing our order, we were told the food would take about 15 minutes. Happy with this, we decided to wait.
The staff were a bit like zombies. They didn’t really communicate much and, when they did, they weren’t all friendly. We had one gentleman who was polite and brought us some green tea and water with a smile and a friendly “hello” but all the others were grim faced and sullen; possibly due to the busy shift- but still!
To start off we chose the Pork Dumplings in Chilli Oil. We felt like something a little spicy and this dish definitely hit the spot.
The dumplings were soft, warm and juicy. They were quite large and filled with the delicious pork filling. Really great dish and I would be keen to try some of the other dumplings and pork buns available.
Mum decided to order Braised Pork with Rice and Quail Eggs.
I’m not a fan of quail eggs but Mum said they weren’t too bad. Overall the dish was bland with average pork, small pieces and a rice wine vinegar flavour.
I decided to go with the Combination Noodles.
Unfortunately, while there was plenty of food, it wasn’t very flavoursome and there were only 3 prawns in the whole dish and a few pieces of chicken and pork. Would have preferred less noodle and more meat!
Overall the meal was very average.
If not for the delicious dumplings I would probably never go there again. That said, I will probably return for the dumplings -if only to try the spicy crab meat ones!
Overall both meals cost about $32.00.
Overall I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 4
- Food- 6
- Ambience- 6.5
- Value – 6