Date: July 9, 2005
Location: 3943 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas
Corkage: try Sour Plum Tea or Winter Melon Tea instead.
Cost: $70 - party of five (including tax & tip)
Got up Saturday morning, decided we want Chinese food for lunch, so we headed towards the 99 Ranch Market complex off the strip. For those of you not familiar with 99 Ranch Market, it's a Chinese supermarket chain primary with stores in California, but also locations in Washington, Hawaii, Arizona and Georgia. If you can find a 99 Ranch Market near you, you can find real, authentic and good Chinese food.
Shanghai Noon is actually located at the adjacent complex next the the 99 Ranch Market. Drove by and decided to check it out. As I stepped out the car, I said, "if there is more than two table of white people in the restaurant, we ain't going in."
As soon as I walked into the restaurant, I was spoken to in Mandarin Chinese, good sign, especially when two of my fraternity brothers in the group are Caucasian.
I did the ordering for us, shared family style. Here is a list of what we had, translated to the best of my ability, if anyone have any question regarding any of the particular dish, I will explain further.
Hot & Sour Soup
Red Chili Oil Wanton
Green Onion Flatbread x2
Shanghai Thick Chow Mein
Stir-Fry of Preserved Cabbage, Pea Sprouts and Lamb
Green Onion Beef
All the dishes were done very well, authentic is key. The simple common dishes such as Hot & Sour Soup and Green Onion Beef are best used to judge if it's a real Chinese restaurant or just some Americanized joint.
An interesting note to this restaurant, by the entrance there were pictures of the chef as a kid practicing Chinese Opera along side of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuan Biao. Came to find out this morning the restaurant was actually owned by Sammo Hung and named for Jackie Chan's movie when I came across this article while looking for the address of the restaurant.
This is really not a good place for wine, with array of different flavors stimulating your palate, it's just not worth the trial and error with wine pairing. Go with the Chinese drink offerings would be the best bet.
Definitely worth the 10 minute drive off the strip to seek out something different while you are in Vegas. Also likely better than most of the high-end Chinese Dining options on hotel properties.