The Chinese restaurant Shanghai City is situated on the ground floor of the restaurant building on the Jacques Dutilhweg in Rotterdam-s-Gravenland. The first floor is occupied by the separate Japanese restaurant Sapporo. (As the two restaurants share the web site I assume they are under one management). The building stands on its own; behind the building is ample private parking available. Restaurant Shanghai City impresses with a luxury entrance; the restaurant has a very high ceiling; with the neat, clean and comfortable furniture and tasteful ornaments; this gives also a luxury impression. Next to the restaurant is a comfortable lounging room where you can enjoy a drink while waiting for your table to be set. The service of the staff is polite and dedicated as you can expect of the Far East culture. The Dommelsch draft beer is excellent. My main course was sweet and sour fish. (The fish was sole). The food was well prepared and neatly presented, but the Dutch influence on the cooking was noticeable, because the taste was bland, not the taste explosion of the sweet and sour fish that is served in Penang, Malaysia for instance. That is why I put only three points against the food rating. However I noticed several guests with obviously Asian roots in the restaurant; maybe I am too harsh in my rating, or I selected the wrong dish. Regarding the menu: You can choose between fixed menus, à=la-carte ordering, or an "all you can eat" offer for a fixed price. In the past Chinese restaurants had the reputation in the Netherlands to give value for money; with restaurant Shanghai City this has been discontinued. Shanghai City has the same high prices as the average Dutch restaurant. A two point rating for "value for money".
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