272 Thayer St.
Providence, Rhode Island
Shanghai is on the second floor, which makes access a little tricky. We didn't see an elevator around, so we made the climb and were greeted by a large stone Buddha head, which was a nice touch.
To the right was carry-out, to the left, the dining room, kept warm (and hidden) by a curtain. We found our way inside and were seated quickly. The service was friendly and quick. The music was an eclectic 80's mix, moving from Richard Marx' "Don't Mean Nothin'" to "We Built This City" then "Jesse's Girl" and onto "Paradise City." While I enjoyed the flashback music, Bear and D were less than impressed.
She liked the spice of the shrimp, though she found the breading a bit gooey. The dish had "just the right amount of heat and a good aftertaste." She liked the California roll, too, although she said it was more or less the same as California rolls she'd had elsewhere. The ingredients were fresh and tasty.
I tried the A5 appetizer platter, which was boneless ribs and chicken teriyaki.
|Shanghai Appetizer #5|
The chicken teriyaki was fresh and hot. It also had a nice char, and wasn't soggy. The flavor was sweet, with a mild teriyaki flavor.
We were a little put off by the cleanliness, however. There were fresh stains on the tablecloth, and I had to replace my fork. At the end of the meal Bear noticed that the inside of the overhanging light fixture (barely 3 feet above the table) had a layer of grime on it. On the other hand, other tables looked clean, and the floor was spotless. Even so, it wasn't the most pleasant experience.