21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111
Our second stop during this month of healthy eating was New Shanghai Restaurant. Described on its Google review page as “upscale yet casual,” the restaurant has quite an impressive and large sign in front but upon entry, the interior is quite modest, though very clean.
I am going to start this review by being up front and saying that we didn’t do quite as well as we did on our last outing, although to be fair we did really try to order properly.
The Spicy Shredded Potato was quite the surprise favorite for both Divas. It was a very simple dish, ridiculously simple! I wouldn’t say the potatoes were shredded, they were cut a little thicker than that – more like a julienne cut. The potatoes had been lightly sautéed with dry red chilies, lightly to the point that the potatoes were still quite crisp. The dish was salty and satisfying and something I have never seen in a Chinese restaurant. This is definitely a dish I want to try to make at home.
The Cumin Lamb was very delicious but a bit of a disappointment (through no fault of the restaurant, really.) When I ordered it, I was expecting the lamb to be cumin marinated and stewed or (even better) marinated and grilled—like the skewers sold at Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Café (review forthcoming.) What we got was very thinly sliced lamb that had been seasoned heavily with cumin and salt and then fried with chilies, jalapenos, and green onions. The overall experience was a little dry although the flavor was good. But, to be completely honest, it was not the best choice for people who are trying to eat nutritiously.
Baby Bok Choy with Black Mushroom consisted of mushrooms cooked in a savory soy-based sauce on a bed of steamed baby Bok Choy. Unfortunately, because of the soy in the sauce (remember – Whole30 means no legumes and soybeans = legumes), this dish was a bit of a no go for me. I did manage to rescue a few uncontaminated Bok Choy which was nice since I love that vegetable. As you can see in the photo, the dish was beautifully presented and my counterpart enjoyed the mushrooms immensely.
So I might give us a five out of ten on staying to a healthy eating program. Yet, overall, I would say the restaurant was quite good. What we would really like to do is come back when we aren’t on regimens and try the Diced Rabbit with Szechuan Sauce and the Spinach Dumplings!