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“Beacon Bay outlet. Sushi was okaaaay for East London”

Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #24 of 135 Restaurants in East London
Price range: $22 - $87
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Beacon Bay outlet is pleasingly decorated, adequately clean with a welcoming ambiance. Staff are generally friendly and despite being newcomers to SA are making admirable headway in communicating with patrons. We and our guests opted for the Sushi selection.

It takes several years to train a good sushi chef and I am of the opinion that the Shanghai sushi chefs have some way to go. It would be unfair to compare Shanghai to an upmarket Japanese eatery so the commentary below is made with an average Chinese family restaurant in mind.

While our meal was acceptable and fairly palatable, I made the following observations:
The rice was moderately overcooked and 'porridgy', too densely packed and tasted bland.
I suspect the Wasabi paste was diluted with a flour of sorts as it lacked the power of the 'real thing'.

One final 'horror'. A waitron with body odour should be sent home or shot. It is one of the most off-putting crimes against humanity in general and the food industry in particular. Any restaurant that tolerates less than faultless personal hygiene in their employees is not worth visiting again.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Delicious gluten free option of aubergine chips means I can join the sushi mad friends and have an equally awesome meal

Thank Wildrambler
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We eat here often and enjoy the sweet and sour prawns. The sushi is brilliant handmade and not mainstream - would highly recommend. The waiters are fast and helpful - some dont speak english but who cares they seem to know exactly what you want. The decor is traditional and amusing.

Thank Mariette L
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

There was a lot of variety on the menu but we decided to go for the set menu which normally never disappoints. The food was tasty but I was disappointed not to get proper crunchy chinese vegetables... instead the meals were overloaded with diced carrots and peas! I will go back but will definitely ask for recommendations for more authentic chinese cuisine.

Thank Linda v
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

The Sushi was good but the chinese lacked chinese it was like going to Mc Donalds for chinese very dissapointing

Thank beachkidzSA
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