Shanghai Cafe

Asian | Chinese | Vegetarian
Worth a detour

At Shanghai Cafe, it’s all about the noodles, which are hand-shaven daily. You get them in chow mein and in soup, along with beef, shrimp, or chicken, or in concert with pork and mustard greens. Barley green noodles are the house signature dish, unique to this restaurant and to one other in the area, owned by the brother of the man who owns this one.

The green noodles are a lovely sight, all irregularly-shaped, thick in some places, thin in others, their chlorophyll-green hue giving little clue that their flavor is staunch and earthy. They’re a joy to chew, not really al dente, but not the least bit mushy, either. Noodles are the thing to eat in this place, where nearly an entire page of the menu is devoted to them.

Beyond noodles, the menu is huge, featuring a panoply of Chinese-American fare from familiar dishes such as pork fried rice and egg rolls to jellyfish with cucumber, sauteed sugar pea vine, and bamboo fungus.

We love crunchy dry sauteed string beans with their ginger-garlic glaze and crumbles of ground pork; and we’ll be ordering more big, beautiful, well-spiced kung pao shrimp. Hot and sour soup packs breathtaking zest. General Tso’s chicken is going to make you happy only if you like it so sweet that it verges on candy. Ditto orange beef, which has wonderful crunch but so much sugary sauce that the beef flavor itself gets smothered.

Located in a shopping center, Shanghai Cafe has the warm, hospitable feel of a family-run enterprise that has become very much a part of local life in the Factoria neighborhood.

What to Eat
Shanghai Cafe, Barley Green Hand Shaven Noodles
Barley Green Hand Shaven Noodles
A unique house specialty, barley green hand-shaven noodles are made daily.
Shanghai Cafe, Hot & Sour Soup
Hot & Sour Soup
True to its name, hot & sour soup is very peppery and very tangy.
Shanghai Cafe, Kung Pao Shrimp
Kung Pao Shrimp
Although it originated as a fiery Szechuan dish, Kung Pao Shrimp is here sweet comfort food.
Shanghai Cafe, Dry Sauteed String Beans with Pork
Dry Sauteed String Beans with Pork
Oh-so-munchable crisp dry-sauteed string beans are laced with crumbled pork.
Shanghai Cafe, Orange Beef
Orange Beef
Orange beef is crazy-crunchy sweet meat.
Shanghai Cafe, General Tso’s Chicken
General Tso’s Chicken
Big hunks of white meat and candy-sweet sauce define General Tso's chicken.
Shanghai Cafe, Steamed Dumplings
Steamed Dumplings
Steamed dumplings are unsurprising, but the peppery chili sauce that comes with them is an eye-opener.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11:30am - 9pm
Monday4pm - 8pm
Wednesday4pm - 9pm
Thursday4pm - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11:30am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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