Shanghai Street, Melbourne
Since it’s opening Shanghai Street has always been packed to the seams with the customers waiting outside. It took a little while for me to ever make it in but I’m glad I did. Excuse the cramped seating and liberal use of oil and chilli and then feast on some delicious Shanghai Street goodness.
There’s no five Shanghai Street(s) across Melbourne now, with one even near my current residence in Windsor. This store was the first I believe and I’ll always remember the crazy long lines outside. There’s a few places (e.g. Chin Chin, Hakata Gensuke) that have this feature. Somewhat a sign of a good restaurant and also because Melburnians love their food.
These days the wait outside Shanghai Street is seemingly mild and it was only five or so minutes before getting a table for two. For any groups, I’d recommend checking out their other venues, Little Bourke Street store is well, little.
My friend Jo and I ordered a serve of the fried noodles and the steamed dumplings. Even with two orders that is sufficient food for us but don’t tell that to the table next to us. They were really going for it! I like to leave more of the menu to try again another time, because there will definitely be a next time.
I like the dumplings, good filling, nice flavours, light to the tastebuds. Normally I would have preferred them fried but here I was quite happy to have steamed as the noodles were high on the grease levels. The flavours in the fried noodles are great, especially with little flecks of meat, fungus and green. But they could have held back on the oil a lot more so I wouldn’t order it again for this reason. Still delicious and overall Shanghai Street comes in at great value. I can’t wait for the next trip.