|Cleaning products in the loos|
As usual we were running late which meant that the cake was still slightly warm when I sandwiched it together with whipped cream. All was well until we arrived at the restaurant and suddenly the cream turned to milk, poured out of the cake and threatened to ruin the newly cleaned carpets. There were international screams of distress and much running for wet cloths. A tray was found and the carpets and day were saved.
|Not so happy cake|
|Paper beef, fried noodles with beansprouts|
We ate all the usual suspects - spring rolls, prawn toast, satay chicken, honey ribs, seaweed, wontons, chicken lettuce wrap, crispy duck. Then paper beef, sweet and sour pork, noodles with beansprouts and lots of Neil Joubert chenin blanc. Everything was great.
But then, on my way to pay the bill, I found the staff eating lobster, baked white fish (looked like a big bream) steamed dim sum and my favourite Chinese spinach. "I want lobster! I want spinach!" I cried.
"Come, take chopsticks, eat with us" said the lovely lady. I didn't. I was as good as gold and left those chopsticks where they lay. But once upon a time (about 4 years ago) there was an a la carte menu at Shanghai offered in addition to the £12.50 order-all-you-like menu. This menu featured such delights as the lobster with ginger and garlic. We even spent Christmas day there once dining on the eleven course banquet until Grandpa Louis fell asleep at the table and we had to take him home.
|"Come. Take chopsticks. Eat with us."|
|My favourite Chinese spinach with chilli and garlic|
So, a great night BUT we were the only people there. PLEASE all you Brierfield locals, give Shanghai another chance. It's clean, it's friendly, the food is great and the wine crisp and cold. What more could you want?
We left a bit of a mess by the way . . .