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Posted by Gold coaster on 05/22/2008
If you consume garbage, fast foods etc. and have ruined your palette, this place is not for you! Shanghai Terrace offers respite on any day for a traveler or local. The food is prepared to the highest standards of quality, freshness and presentation. Most chinese restaurants are run by business owners not chefs, even beautiful Chinatown cannot compare in its pedestrian homey offerings. This place is for the food gourmand who can discern subtle flavors upon impact. This place is sublime for dim sum lunch on the terrace or cocktails and bites. Dining is a pleasure and the menu ever changing and adapting, never ceases to impress, surprise and amaze. Try shopping and duplicating any of it for less! Its a steal for the educated consumer and polished palette. So if you are looking to go because it sounds expensive - don't! You don't belong here and will not leave happy. What you are looking for isn't in any restaurant. But if you savor fine cuisine then jump in with both chopsticks and enjoy!!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/16/2007
couldn't really disagree more. the terrace is one of the only places in the city where you can have an upscale meal outside but inside is still lovely so you dont have to worry about sudden inclement weather ruining the night. chef soh's food is not jaw-dropping haute cuisine, but it is high performance herb & flavor driven chinese ---even in chinatown there aren't many places that hold a candle on consistency and flexible luxury
Posted by Anonymous on 04/08/2007
The service is great, and the waiting staff address you by your last name. But let's get real, $9 for a serving of dim sum? I ordered the shu mai and steamed cod. While eating, I was thinking, I better finish this fish because it costs $40, but I couldn't and wasn't inspired to eat the tasteless fish. I haven't been able to find any good chinese food in Chicago. Phoenix in Chinatown has decent food, but it is not spectacular.