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#137476 Shandong Restaurant

Posted by lapam on 08 October 2010 - 02:40 PM in Restaurants in Portland

When I saw "Shandong" I hoped for a menu offering Northern Chinese food like wheat flour dishes (thick, hearty, chewy noodles; steamed or baked buns; savory dumplings); braised meats; and belly warming stews, to name a few.  This is the comfort food that I grew up eating.  A review of the menu told me I had set my expectations a bit high.  However, I'm used to having my hopes for authentic Chinese food dashed on a regular basis in Portland.

So I gave it a try...twice in a month.  Unfortunately, I wasn't too impressed.  Between my 2 trips there I ordered 8 different dishes.  I would characterize the food here as Chinese food altered to cater to Western palates.  The menu is inspired by authentic recipes with fresh ingredients but to me the flavors were muted or bland.

Sigh.  I guess I will have to wait until my next trip to the Bay Area or San Gabriel Valley to satisfy my Chinese food cravings.