Shanghai Gourmet at the Mandarin Centre, Chatswood

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Shanghai Gourmet at the Mandarin Centre Chatswood

Shanghai Gourmet at the Mandarin Centre Chatswood chicken steak

Noodle soup with chicken steak $6.60

We wait for our trays to be stacked with our goodies and shuffle them off to our table. I am slightly disappointed as we get smaller plastic bowls and we eye off other diners with large cavernous ceramic soup bowls. My fears are laid to rest when I taste the burnished, glossy skinned chicken sitting on a bed of cold braised boy choy. Its wondrously soft and falls of the bone yet is crispy skinned on the outside, a most wonderful dichotomy. I'm not certain where the steak part comes into play, its chicken chopped up chinese BBQ takeaway style. It has a slight herbal aftertaste to it but nothing unpleasant. I reluctantly offer some of the chicken to my husband who also approves greatly. The noodles, medium white wheat noodles are swimming in a lightly flavoured chicken and spring onion broth. Its decent and filling but there's no doubt that the chicken is the star.

Shanghai Gourmet at the Mandarin Centre Chatswood Pork vegetable won ton soup

Pork and vegetable won ton soup $5.00

My husband's pork and vegetable won ton soup is filled with juicy wontons and bok choy in a similar broth. Its good and filling and I do like the wontons (I can be fussy as far as wontons go) but the chicken steak noodles have clearly won over this crowd of two.

Shanghai Gourmet at the Mandarin Centre Chatswood Mini pork buns

Mini pork buns $6.60

We've waited a few minutes for the mini pork buns to cool and good thing as we've learnt the hard way that hot squirts of liquid are not good orally or sartorially. When we bite into these, they're fairly similar to the Mini pork buns at Shanghai nights but missing the gorgeous ginger laced soup. Its a much more bland offering and whilst its not terrible, we know we've had better.

Shanghai Gourmet at the Mandarin Centre Chatswood chicken steak

Checking our watch, we've got 10 minutes before the movie starts and our stomachs are full to bursting. Good thing too as we've got 2 hours of movie to watch without food. And I know that my mind will be drifting away from the plot towards the chicken again secretly hoping that they'll still be open when the movie finishes.

Shanghai Gourmet

Level 2

Mandarin Centre Chatswood

Corner Albert Avenue and Victoria Street Chatswood

Ph: +61 (02) 9904 8883

Open: 10am til late 7 days