Good food for good people
Posted on 04 / 18 / 2013
I was very impressed with how delicious the simple fare is at Shangri-La. This style of cooking, to me, really seems the most ideal. I've only eaten there once so far (I uploaded 2 pictures above), but this style of highly-flavorful grains, greens, and beans just feels really right to me. Like, this is how the world should eat, almost always. Not extravagant, but joyful and satisfying and, truly, quite tasty.
As others have written, there are not multiple menu options, just a large or a small order of what they're making that day, which, again, seems like the most real, holistic way to do food.
The large order came with a very decent-sized bowl of soup and my dining companion told me that, as per following a Buddhist sensibility, they combine all the leftover food from the day before to make today's soup. The soup was transcendent. Really, a very excellent soup, and it has inspired ME to use leftovers to make soup as well. It's actually awakened in me an exciting new cooking method.
Definitely check this place out. It's not about ambiance, or creating some phony Eastern vibe. It's true food -- caring and egalitarian and well-practiced and simply delicious.