Our party included first time quester Bob and Our Beer Man, who used to dine in this Chinese restaurant regularly when he used to live in the neighbourhood. It was my first time visiting.The place is quite small and compact. We were seated at one of around half a dozen tables and brought menus to peruse by the entertainingly friendly waitress.
They offer BYO with no corkage, which is great for sampling from excellent nearby bottle shop the Beerhive, but they also have a booze selection of their own, so large bottles of Tsingtao were forthcoming.We quickly settled upon dishes with starters of salt and pepper squid, salt and pepper tofu and beef rolls, then main courses of sweet n sour chicken, roast duck and crispy beef.
Starters were promptly delivered looking pretty smart. The beef rolls were rather interesting with thin beef ribbons wrapped around king prawns. This was a new one on me and worked surpringly well. The salt and pepper dishes were both very good, too.The sauces for the main courses were rather samey, but the main elements were of continued good quality. The rice and noodle dishes were nicely done.
So overall, our visit to Shangrila was rather successful. It delivered some very good dishes that really hit the spot. I’d be happy to visit again and would suggest you’ll find it very pleasing if you visit.
Blythe scores Shangrila
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20
Today’s questers were: Bob, Our Beer Man, Blythe
We ate: salt and pepper squid and tofu, king prawn rolled in beef; crispy beef, roasted duck, sweet n sour chicken
We drank: tsingtao, red wine, water
We wore: burrs, camouflage jacket, pinstripes
Total bill: £71.40