I was really excited about spending my birthday in Canada and wanted to try out some new dishes. After spending a great deal of time reading forums, I stumbled upon some wonderful reviews of a place called Shanghai Bund. This place was known for having really good Beggar's Chicken and Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings). Growing up I've watch many wuxia movies based on Louis Cha's novels and was curious to see what the famous beggar's chicken tasted like. The version made in restaurants these days seem very elaborate and orders must be place a day in advance. I called Shanghai Bund to make reservations the day before my meal and when i got there they told me they ran out!!! i was really disappointed since i wanted to enjoy a nice birthday meal. The service there was also bad, maybe because I'm not chinese?? Instead of the chicken, I had some soup dumplings and spicy crabs. After our food came out, we had to wait almost 10 minutes before they brought out some rice (after reminding them twice). The soup dumplings and crab were pretty good, but I was disapointed about not being able to have the beggar's chicken. Then after we paid our bill and headed out, I saw the waiter bring out an order of beggar's chicken for another table!!! I'm not sure what the deal was, is it because I didn't speak Chinese?? Over all the service everywhere I went just totally SUCKED!
Spicy Szechuan Crabs (at least 62 red chilis in this baby!)