Shanghai Park, Princeton, NJ

I ended up at Shanghai Park for lunch this afternoon by chance. Everyone was hungry and we needed something quick. Chinese food usually goes down well with the kids and it was on the way home after the kids’ tennis lesson. I’d been to Shanghai Park a couple of times in the past few years so what the heck, we went back.

Shanghai Park is located in the Princeton Shopping Center on Harrison Street. It serves chinese food, dim sum and sushi. I never quite understood why so many chinese restaurants in New Jersey also serve sushi. It’s a pretty large restaurant so getting a table is never an issue. Service is pretty prompt. We were sat down quickly and our order was taken quickly and the food arrived pretty quickly too. I’d call it effcient.

With the kids in tow I always order lo mein. They can be counted on to finish that regardless of whether anything else takes their fancy. We also ordered beef with onions and scallions and Genral Tso’s chicken. The noodles were pretty bland, the beef was tender and flavorful. The best thing we ordered. The General Tso’s chicken didn’t have the heavy batter which I really appreciated. The heavy batters and sauces spoil chinese food in my opinion. This one was nice and light. The only negative thing I have to say is that the chicken pieces were huge, more like chicken fingers!

Overall food was decent, not great. Worth going to if you don’t have any better options. You won’t leave disappointed but you won’t leave the restaurant singing the food’s praises either.

I have yet to find a chinese restaurant that I love in New Jersey. New York has some great places, so does London, Toronto and Vancouver. I was in San Francisco last week and the chinese food there is fabulous. It’s almost like it’s a completely different cuisine from what we find here in NJ. In that regard it’s like indian restaurants in NJ, most are just plain awful and finding a good one is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Cooking good food just isn’t that difficult, why can’t these restaurants take pride in serving great food? Maybe that separates the restaurants that are serious about food from the ones that are just in business to make a buck.

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