Disappointing in almost every way...
Shanghai Blues, WC1
My brother came to Shanghai Blues a few years back with a group of friends and loved it so when my friend Jack spotted a Groupon for 6 dim sum and a glass of wine for 2 people, for £24 it sounded like a bargain.
Jack went to use his Groupon a couple of weeks before Antonia and I and came back fuming, claiming that it was one of the worst dining experiences of his life, that Shanghai Blues had completely missed the point of offering a Groupon deal and rather than giving customers a great experience in the hope they would return, decided to shove all the Groupon diners in to a silent, dull room away from the main restaurant (where there is live music), give them disgusting wine and provide substandard food.
It sounded awful and as you can see on TripAdvisor, Jack wasn’t the only to think the same so obviously Antonia and I weren’t looking forward to our visit…
I decided to email Shanghai Blues before our visit to see whether the idea of me writing a review would make our experience any better than Jack’s. It did, as we were seated in the main restaurant, which is a nice, dark space split in to a bar and dining room. However, the live jazz wasn’t great and the performers looked pretty bored, the staff were cold and had little to no enthusiasm and the food was a massive let down.
The choice of dim sum was ok but very expensive if you were to pay full price and I felt the quality was very poor. Everything except the Spare Ribs with Peppercorn & Shanghai Herbs was bland and lacking any kind of wow factor and at £7.30 were so overpriced! On top of our Groupon (because we’re greedy) we had the Seafood Supreme Crispy Noodles with Chilean sea bass, diver scallop, king prawn balls and oyster. It was £12.50 and again, didn’t deliver on flavour.
Shanghai Blues was very disappointing… it’s a nice setting but the mix of passionless service, high prices and distinctly average food means that I have no interest in returning. If you want good Dim Sum, go to Phoenix Palace and if you want good Chinese food, go anywhere else.
193-197 High Holborn,
London WC1V 7BD