I went to Shanghai River recently for the first and last time. It took a while to get seated as no one was manning the hostess stand, at 6:45 pm on a Thursday night. The restaurant was only 1/4 full yet the service was slow.
I ordered steamed vegetables with "chicken and special sauce" yet all I received was steamed vegetables which consisted mainly of broccoli and asparagus which was so bland and overcooked that it was a mushy brown.I decided to forego getting the chicken and special sauce based on how awful the vegetables were. My dining companion's tofu with vegetable dish was equally inedible, so much that he would not finish it (and he normally eats everything on his plate).
To top it off, the meal was bizarrely expensive. Our bill (before tip) was $55 for 2 small bowls of soup, the 2 aforementioned entrees and 1 Miller Lite and 1 glass of house white wine.
Shangai River's decor is a faded "flashy eighties" style and much importance appears to be placed on a local (now deceased) TV personality's patronage of the place as there are framed photos of him dotted around the restaurant.
Given the customers who were there that night, I think it is fair to say that this place appeals to a much older crowd (65+) who likes very bland food at high prices. We will not be returning.
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