File under: orgasm-inducing news
Update: We had a meal here recently, and it was quite good (click me).
Update: it's now called Shanghai 46. Same owners, better name.
I've been advised that the folks who run the wonderful Chengdu 23 in Wayne, NJ, have opened (just four days ago at the time of this post), a restaurant specializing in authentic Shanghai cooking. It's in the building where Hunan Cottage used to be, on the eastbound side of Route 46 in Fairfield, NJ.
Hunan Cottage was offensive, and I was not upset to see it go. Specifically, the attitude of the staff toward me and my companions was almost without exception rude, obnoxious, and, it could be argued, just downright racist. A lot of "you won't like" and "you can't order that." Not to mention the difficulty of getting a menu with authentic stuff to begin with. The staff at Chengdu 23, conversely, has always been very gracious, and actually lets me order what I want. I'm assuming the staff at Fu Restaurant will be no different. A welcomed change.
I picked up a menu and do see lots of the usual Shanghai suspects: Lion Head meatballs, soup dumplings, lots of sea cucumber, jellyfish, pickled vegetables, preserved eggs, etc.
While I haven't given Shanghai 46 a try yet (Yeah we did: click me), I did enjoy a meal at Chengdu 23 this morning. Here are some things that we ate that you did not:
Chive dumplings (available during weekend dim sum service)
Rice noodle with spicy sauce (available during weekend dim sum service)
Crispy shrimp balls (available during weekend dim sum service)
Scallops of some sort. Battered and fried w/ some spicy bits.
Prawns with minced pork, pickled peppers and scallion in Cheng Du Sauce (with shell)
Shanghai 26 Restaurant : 14-18 Route 46 East : Fairfield, NJ : 973.808.5888