We went for a big family dinner at Shanghai Lu Restaurant. It’s next door to the Holiday Inn (where you can park for free, in their upstairs parking lot, on P4).
Sign outside. They offer dim sum everyday from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
We’d made reservations for a Saturday evening (6:00pm) but it didn’t seem necessary. There were three other tables occupied, the rest of the restaurant was empty. Service was attentive and efficient (that being said, we were the only large group there).
We ordered in advance the king crab & peking duck dinner (for 10 people). If you want to ball out, this is it.
Highlights are three courses from a massive king crab (~9 lbs) and two courses of Peking duck. Cost was roughly $800.
Five kinds of cold cut platter
Jellyfish, marinated beef, deep fried pepper salt tofu, honey garlic spare ribs and seaweed salad. Best thing was the spare ribs. Jellyfish was missing a satisfying chewy texture. The tofu was lightly fried and battered. First time I’ve seen seaweed salad on a cold platter. Okay but a strange addition.
Steamed king crab claw with garlic
Two plates full of king crab. Garlic sauce on top was marvelous. The king crab itself was slightly sweet, decadent and fresh. First time I’ve tried king crab; I know understand why people pay top dollar for this delicacy.
Fried rice on king crab shell with Portuguese sauce
The fanciest fried rice I’ve had. They stuff it with pineapple, peas, carrots, prawns and crab, all over a creamy curry sauce. Not overly rich but satisfying.
You get about 10 pieces of the pancakes. Assemble your own and enjoy. This one was gone quickly.
Same deal; scoop a spoonful or two of meat, add some of the bean sauce then wrap in the lettuce. Very enjoyable.
Seemed somewhat like a palate cleanser.
Was an enjoyable feast at SLR but be ready to shell out those hundies.
Shanghai Lu Restaurant
705 W Broadway