Description and review of Shanghai Garden, a Chinese restaurant located at Alhambra Boulevard and H Street in East Sacramento.
Seven SWAN (Sacramento Women’s Action Network) members recently met at Shanghai Garden for dinner. SWAN is currently in search of a new monthly meeting location and checking out any and all possibilities. For years SWAN happily utilized the private room at the Café Bernardo on Capitol Avenue – which closed just prior to the recent demolition of the building to make way for new construction. Randy Paragary, who owns the property, is building a boutique hotel at that location.
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I had made reservations at Shanghai Garden for our group, requesting when I did the large round table in the back room. I was the first to arrive that evening and I was shown to our table soon thereafter.
The interior of Shanghai Garden is attractive, and while it is not a large restaurant it is large enough that you are unlikely to have to wait for a table. You may, however, have to stand in line for a few minutes if you order take-out during prime dinner time – the restaurant does a very brisk take-out business.
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After everyone arrived I let the waiter know we were ready to order. Shanghai Garden serves Szechuan and Hunan cuisine and as you might expect offers a wide variety of dishes – something for everyone you might say.
Our table was provided with tea and water, and three of us decided to share a ½ carafe of white wine ($9.95).
Our waiter agreed to provide us with separate checks – as it was not particularly busy that evening. Among us we ordered a wide variety of dishes, and several SWAN members also placed orders for take-out which were delivered to our table along with our checks after we finished our meal.
Note: For those dishes that are identified as “Hot & Spicy” you can have your dish prepared with as much or as little heat as suits your taste buds – just be sure to specify what you want.
For dinner that evening I ordered the Moo-Shi Pork ($8.25) which was served with four “pancakes”. The SWAN member sitting next to me ordered the Beef with Pepper and Black Bean Sauce Chow Fun ($7.95), and we shared the two dishes. I enjoyed both the moo-shi pork and the chow fun.
The portions served were more than ample, and I believe that each SWAN member left with a container to enjoy the next day.
A quick post-dinner survey revealed that everyone had been happy with their meal so Shanghai Garden is on the SWAN list as a backup meeting location, if needed, as we continue our search.
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