Shanghai Elan, which took over the space from the old Pittsburgh HK Café, has been a new hot spot for Shanghai Cuisine in Burnaby. As the words get out, the business seemed to be doing very well with people lining up all the time. Knowing it was going to be another busy night there, we made a reservation to avoid waiting in line. That was a smart move!
By the time we got there, there were at least 4 more group of people waiting for a table. We quickly decided what we’re ordering so we wouldn’t have to wait long for our dishes. For simplicity, we chose from one of their set menus and added a few more items.
|Cold Items Duo|
Starting out with some cold dishes, the egg yolk with duck meat was quite interesting. The marinated duck meat covered the cooked egg yolk in the middle. It wasn’t overly salty as a whole, not even if you only eat the eat yolk – I like it.
tewed Wheat Gluten
We haven’t had this for a while and it was very well stewed and flavourful. The overall flavour was more toward the sweeter side but we were fine with it. The only downside was the oiliness.
|Hot & Sour Soup w/ Chicken & Shrimp|
|Deep Fried Prawns w/ Rice Wine|
|Xiao Long Bao|
|Pan Fried Bamboo Fungi & Bean Curd Skin w/ Veggie|
|Shanghai Style Fish Filet w/ Fungus|
|Braised Pork in Soy Sauce|
|Mini Ball in Rice Wine Soup|
It was a very fulfilling meal and we enjoyed almost all the dishes that we had. Compare to some other Shanghai cuisine restaurants, I found Shanghai Elan to be on the less salty side. Many of the dishes were rather sweet, which is one of the characteristics of Shanghai cuisine. And it seemed like they gradually started to build up their customer base. Aside from the tasty dishes, I guess the dishes are reasonable priced which also serve them as a big plus. Have a visit yourself and see how you like it.