My husband and I are fanatics when it comes to venturing into ethnic food cuisine, so I grabbed an opportunity to purchase an offer from GROUPON for a 4-meal course at Shanghai Surprise Chinese Restaurant at Al Diar Capital Hotel. Prior reservation has to be done to get a sure seat and we booked on 30th September 2011 for a Lunch Meal.
Locating the Hotel was a bit frustrating as we were diverted to a lot of detours due to the massive road construction going on. Reaching the place was more surprising because there was no available parking and we were asked to park our car anywhere.
Proceeding to the restaurant on the 1st floor, we were greeted by a courteous and friendly hostess, who showed us to our reserved table. The ambience is very nice and has huge mirrors that make the restaurant look much bigger than its 70 seats capacity. What caught my eye was the enclosed glassed window of the kitchen where you can see the chefs working skillfully with the fire flips out from beneath large woks. This alone gives a good impression of whom and how your food is being prepared and cooked.
While seated, our orders were taken by the polite smiling waitress and even suggested their best menu from soup or appetizer, main course, drinks and dessert from the “Classic menu”. Since Chinese food is known for noodles, we opted for noodles cooked in different way, one fried noodles with ginger marinated lamb with vegetables and another saucy Hakka chicken noodles with cashew nuts. Drinks of all sorts are served from the bar. One bit of a letdown, the food was served only after a waiting for more than 30 minutes. I think as hungry as we are, the waiting time seemed ages. For dessert, we picked Lychee with vanilla ice cream topping which was quite unique and impressive.
Overall, the meal package was satisfactory without being exceptional. And having said that, I can recommend the place if you’re looking for a tasty Chinese meal to share with friends or with your families.
finally i tried this restaurant, i always think its too expansive i don’t know why , but when i went there i find the pricing very good , and its really not like some others , they will take little time to prepare the food , but if you know why you will say ok let them take longer time , coz everything fresh and fresh and you will see that in your eyes , its really yummy, please try also the fried ice cream its very nice the customer services very good and friendly , but one thing i didn’t like their location , its very hard to find parking there , but i think they have valet parking but im not sure
one thing also there decoration its modern not a Chinese look like
Shanghai Surprise is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Abu Dhabi. It is a perfect blend of good food & lovely ambiance. I was there 2 days back with couple of my friends & we had some awesome time there. The manger Mr. Alam was very friendly & he made sure that we were served properly.He also served us some Honey noodles with ice cream for dessert complimentary, which I feel is a very humble gesture. The price of the food according to the quality are just right. Overall I had a very good experience, I would certainly recommend this place to others & revisit it myself & yes they do have valet parking.