Much as we enjoyed the food in Chicago, some of it was bit samey, so we decided to try the Shanghai Terrace. The weather wasn't that warm, so as we were led onto the terrace we were wondering whether it was wise. Luckily, we were offered one of only about five tables under a canopy warmed by patio heaters. Judging by the ensuing envious glances from other (chillier) diners, we'd got very lucky indeed. But the food made it even better. There is a gulf between generic Chinese food and the high quality fare served at the Shanghai Terrace. We started with crab cakes and spring rolls. These were perfectly cooked, hot and totally lacking in any greasiness. The flavours were subtle but intense. For mains Mrs LS had beautifully steamed Halibut which was firm, chunky and delicious. I chose Kung Po Chicked. This was just the right side of incendiary, leaving a wonderful chilli afterglow. We skipped desserts as the main courses were accompanied by rice and steamed vegetables leaving us full and very happy. The bill for two with wine and beers was a very reasonable $160. The quality of both the food and the service would cost considerably more in London
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