New Shanghai is an extremely popular restaurant serving modern Shanghai cusine, hence the name. With multiple restaurants around Sydney including Chatswood, the city and Ashfield. We visited the Ashfield location on a busy Friday night, with people queuing to get their dumpling and bun fix. Once inside, the restaurant had a good atmosphere full of diners enjoying their meals. The decor set up to reflect a Shanghai dining experience, with a couple of rooms with plenty of seating. The service is efficient to ensure the wait for a table is not too long.
The drinks menu is varied, with cocktails, beer, an decent wine list and spirits as well as a number of non alcoholic beverages. We sampled a cumquat and lemon drink which was nice and refreshing and a Tsing Tao beer. Why not, it was Friyay and perfect for the meal ahead. To say the menu is extensive is an understatement. It even had a key to show you signature dishes and vegetarian options. With plenty of options to keep you coming back for more, try to tick them off your list.
We opted for meals that were indicated as signature dishes. Winter soup was the perfect start. The Shanghai tofu skin and pork roll in a supreme broth. A delicious and delicate broth with some veg and tasty wrapped parcels.
New Shanghai is well known for their dumplings, we couldn’t go past the xiao long bao. Always a favourite these steamed pork dumplings were particularly good. Sticking to etiquitte, placing the dumpling on the spoon piercing with the chopstick and adding soy sauce, vinegar and chilli oil to taste. The soup inside the dumpling was very flavoursome.
Another go to is the peking beef with steamed buns. Make your own New Shanghai style sliders. Grab one of the cloud like pillows of dough that are the steamed buns, fill with some beef and maybe some cucumber. Soooo goood and perfect to share if you don’t get too protective after you try one. The serving size was very generous too.
We loved New Shanghai with plenty of classics on offer, you can also find something new. New Shanghai also has a great atmosphere and sevice. We thank New Shanghai for their hospitality and for inviting us to visit at such a busy time. It was great to see the staff in action during a peak period, very impressive. Can’t wait to return to tick off some more of the menu.