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“Fantastic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shanghai Cowboy

Shanghai Cowboy
Erottajakatu15-17 | 00130, Helsinki, Finland
400746162
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Ranked #448 of 1,016 Restaurants in Helsinki
Cuisines: Mexican
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Description: Mexican fusion restaurant in Helsinki.
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1 review
“Fantastic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

The restaurant is now at Erottajank. Nr 17. We have never tasted mexican food like this!! So refined and absolutely delicious.
Service was very friendly. The first course took a while to get there but when it did we were offered a drink on the house to make up for the wait. And remember, really great food. We had the crispy rice cake with avocado and salmon which had just the right combination of crunch in the cake and silky smooth salmon and avocado in the topping. We enjoyed the tacos for our main so much we finished all 3 of them!

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English first
Helsinki, Finland
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Too slow service, too strict booking times”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Shanghai Cowboy has a strict system with booking times - you can book for 2 hours at 17:00, 19:00 and 21:00. This sounds ok in principle but doesn't work if the service is really slow. We were there very punctually at 17:00 (as we heard from others to be there on time) and had to wait some time to even get a menu. Starters & mains took ages to arrive, it also took too long to get extra drinks (despite trying to get the waiters' attention for about 20 mins). We thought the desserts sounded quite quick & easy (only 2 choices), but they also took a long time to arrive. By that time. the next groups had arrived and were almost sitting on our laps due to lack of space in the restaurant. It was chaos to get out as well - with so many people standing around, it was almost impossible to get our bills and move around the place. Food was tasty & nicely presented but not perfect either: corn chips are hand-made but burnt, pulled pork was too dry. We would probably have given it another try due to the fresh flavours, innovative ideas & reasonable prices (Helsinki desperately needs these kind of restaurants...) but we'll give it a miss due to the poorly planned system & service.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Helsinki, Finland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Tasty mexican food & hip atmosphere, visit with friends”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We booked a table for Valentine's day with a group of friends, because we wanted to find out why the restaurant is so popular. We arrived on time for dinner, but it took a while before we were guided to our table. They didn't have enough menus, and our table with five people got only one menu, before the other tables were ready to order. Half an hour after arriving the waitress finally took our order. It seemed that they didn't have enough workers. Drinks were expensive (cocktails 9,5 - 11 €, beer & ciders 5-7 €) but worth the money. I can recommend chocolate & coke ribs (20 €), which is one of the best meals I've ever had! We all were really satisfied with the dining experience, and for a that reason I can recommend the restaurant especially for friends and small groups. There were also some couples, but I don't think the restaurant is the right one for a romantic dinner.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Helsinki, Finland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic food, but not a good choice to visit as a big group”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

It is already some time ago we were here with my friends, but I still remember the food, it was so tasty. Service then again did not work quite as well, which might have been due to lack of personnel or due to size of our group. Drinks came fast, but food took some time. Also getting the bill took quite a bit of time and there were pretty much mistakes as well, which again took time to correct. I will for sure visit this restaurant again, but not with as big group as we had then, as I'm sure that was what mostly affected the service level.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Espoo, Finland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Tasty food in trendy atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This mexican fusion restaurant serves really good food. I can recommend especially crunchy rice and sesame salmon as a starter. Also main courses were tasty and portions were really big. And what's the best: there are very reasonable prices. Only minus was a bit slow service because during the busy nights you have max. 2 hours to eat. But servants were really friendly and helpful anyway. I can also recommend this place for people with special diets (coeliac, dairy free, lactose free etc).

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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