February 29th, 2012

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - New Shanghai *UPDATED*

So you’re down with Sydney’s ‘new fangled’ Chinese regional cuisines, and you’ve dabbled in the odd degustation? Before coming to this six course Wine & Dumpling Degustation ($69/head) I suggest you cast your mind backwards to recall what made those eschewed Cantonese meals of yesteryear so great. My eyes used to boggle as the banquet descended. “Hands off the Lazy Susan,” adults warned in crescendo.

Yes, it’s excess and decadence - the chance to feast like a king. So when all six wines arrive at once here, your best response is to grin! (Please look to my charming dining companion as a shining example. She is not an alcoholic.)

Use the opportunity to make your own matches, but don’t miss trying their cold dish platter pairing of moist, drunken chicken and crisp garlic tossed cucumber against the 2011 Leo Buring Clare Valley Riesling.

Food is also somewhat rapid-fire, with a bamboo steamer of dim sim descending before I’d even tried my battalion of wine (the 2010 Squealing Pig Otago Pinot Noir is an easy favourite). Tipsy diners beware - xiao long bao (steamed mini pork buns) are best nibbled from a spoon dribbled in soy and vinegar, there’s hot broth within.

Shepherd’s purse, prawn and tofu soup pulls things back before...

...sticky braised pork belly convinces me to finish both reds. Designate a driver.

New Shanghai
Shop B-038, Chatswood Chase, Chatswood
Ph: (02) 9412 3358

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