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We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly amongst all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.
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Opened only since December 18, 2011, an auspicious date on purposely chosen for the Grand Opening, Shanghai No. 1 Seafood has already been receiving favorable reviews from foodies, food bloggers and food critics, alike. Most recently, LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold gave glowing review to this restaurant just last week (February 2, 2012). From an excerpt of that review, Gold wrote:
"The soup dumplings, xiao long bao, are more deeply flavorful than any in town, although they may spurt less vigorously than the versions at Din Tai Fung. The pan-fried pork buns, sheng jian bao, are nicely browned on the bottom, sprinkled with seeds on the top, and both crunch and gush hot juice under your teeth: I can imagine coming here and ordering nothing but several orders of these.
Most of the dumplings, including the Shanghai egg rolls and the crisp turnip rolls, are available only in the daytime, as part of the generally Cantonese dim sum menu, prepared by a different team of chefs, and are very good but not quite as spectacular as the evening food. (The dim sum XLB, for example, seem to be in an entirely different style.) But at either dinner or dim sum, you should feel practically obligated to try the stone-pot fried rice: Loose-textured, brothy-tasting yet dry, tossed with several different kinds of Chinese greens and both smoky Chinese ham and tiny cubes of what resembles Chinese pancetta, it is the best fried rice I have ever tasted in a lifetime of fried rice. You'll probably like it, too."
You can read the complete review here: http://www.laweekly.com/2012-02-02/eat-drink/jonathan-gold-Shanghai-No.-1-Seafood-Village/
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Although there are only 22 reviews on Yelp, the majority of the reviews have been very positive, giving Shanghai No. 1 Seafood an average of 4 Stars out of 5. You can read those reviews here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/shanghai-no-1-seafo... (http://www.yelp.com/biz/shanghai-no-1-seafood-san-gabriel%A0);
Aside from the food, the other main draw about Shanghai No. 1 Seafood is the interior of the restaurant, replicated in the way that gives you a feel as if you were dining at a grand Chinese restaurant in Shanghai back in the 1930s. In addition, aside from the very mouthwatering pictures of the dishes offered in the menu, there are pages that gives you a look back at the hey day of Shanghai in the 1930s. Unfortunately, the text is written only in Simplified Chinese. However, it's fun to peruse through the various pictures from that era of Shanghai.
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The dim sum here ranges from about $2.50 to $6.00 per plate. I will order an array of dishes for the table and will take suggestions from attendees as to what to order as well. The anticipated cost per person is expected to run about $18 - $20, depending on how much food we order, any beverages, the required tea charge ($1 per person), plus tax and 15% gratuity. As such, it is recommended that you bring at least $25 in CASH to settle your portion of the bill.
Parking is available in the underground parking lot of the shopping mall where the restaurant is located. Please arrive about 5 to 10 minutes before our meeting time and meet inside the lobby of the restaurant. As always, please call or text me if you are running late or are lost. I will provide attendees with my number 24 hours before the start of the event.
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