On the way to Sweet Bubble the other day, I noticed a new restaurant had popped up in Richmond right on Saba Road. Actually, this post isn't about that restaurant. It's about Shang Noodle House -- the one at Starlight Casino. Another one just opened recently at Saba Road!
Since it was a coworker's birthday, a few of us had to treat him for lunch. Honestly I would've preferred the pasta lunch for $6.99 at Salt and Pepper Cafe, but that makes it look like we're being cheap apparently. (I much rather have cheap good food than expensive mediocre food.) Also because I was the lowly intern. I don't have any say in anything, including food. (Which reminds me... I have to go back even though I'm not working near there anymore.)
The interior is pretty clean and feels quite new. I think this restaurant may have been a sushi place in it's previous life since there is a conveyor belt spinning around the bar. It kind of looks like the flowers are rotating in that picture there, but actually they're not. I think they should do that instead of placing miserable plates of dim sum on it -- it'd be more entertaining.
They had several combos for lunch, ranging from $9 to $11. After a lot of contemplation, I finally decided to get what I thought would be the safest -- the shanghai wonton soup. It came with a spring roll and a a choice of hot or cold soy milk. The wontons were alright considering the food in the area was not that good. I didn't really mind eating them I guess. The soup was pretty bland although it looked like it was dark and soy sauce based. This resulted in noodles that were quite bland as well. The spring roll wasn't that special either and I was a bit disappointed it didn't have dried shitake mushrooms to make it more fragrant. The bowl was huge and I didn't finish it all.
Food-wise, the meal was actually kind of boring. I wouldn't say it was terrible, but it wasn't that good or amazing. It's not that cheap either. I'm interested to know how the new Shang Noodle at Saba Road will turn out because there are so many food options in that area. The casino one was fairly busy because there aren't many food options for people that work in that area, and I guess casino guests need food too.
Shang Noodle House 尚麵館 (at Starlight Casino)
350 Gifford Street
New Westminster, BC