Like many Americans, I love Chinese food.  There's just something great about it.  It doesn't matter if I'm eating in a sit down restaurant or standing in a tiny takeout place gazing up at the severely outdated pictures of entrees from the 70's with a kitchen that would probably fail every health inspection imaginable.  I love it.  I also love Sushi.  I could eat infinite amounts of Sushi, especially if its good.  Located on Elmwood Avenue, in an area where there are great places for food in every direction, is the Toyko Shanghi Bistro, a fantastic place for Chinese and Japanese cuisine.  The menu is gigantic, the prices are low, and the service is fantastic.  On Tuesday nights they offer half price on all Sushi Rolls.  Nicole and I have been here many times but this is the first I've been back since starting this blog so I wanted to share the experience. 
    If you have been reading my blog regularly you would know that just recently I started eating meat again.  Its strange how after not eating meet for 3 years, its like I'm trying everything again for the first time.  Tonight I wanted to get an old favorite of mine, General Tso's chicken.  Nicole was going to get the Vegetarian Duck which is one of my favorite things they make.  Its made of bean curd, Shiitake mushrooms, and Chinese cabbage.  I'm not quite sure how it at all resembles duck, but minus that, if you're a vegetarian its phenomenal.  I ordered a glass of the Trivento Reserve Malbec from Argentina and Nicole had just water.  At Nicole's job, the office enjoys wine at the end of the day, every Friday,  right in the office.  Nice right?  She was all ready a few glasses deep.  I on the other hand could not wait  to wind down.  We started off with the "Fantasy Roll".  I'm not sure why its called that as it sounds adult oriented, but it was delicious.  It's a Sushi roll made of fresh tuna, avocado, and tobiko.  Nicole wanted to try Sushi with some sort of fish because she had never had it.  I have to admit, its amusing to watch her try these new things because her facial expressions reveal every emotion and reaction that results in whatever new thing she tries.  She ended up liking it, as did I.  The Sushi was fresh with a great cut of fish, and full of flavor. 

The "Fantasy Roll"
General Tso's Chicken

Vegetarian Duck

Unfortunately I discovered that I don't really like chicken like I used to.  After talking about this over dinner, it's not fair for me to write anything negative about my dish.  I can't truly tell you if was great General Tso or not.  All I can say is that it looked great and that I don't like chicken.  I can also say that everything I've ordered from this restaurant in the past has been quality and delicious.  If you are in Buffalo, NY and you want Sushi or Chinese, or both at the same time, stop in here for a cheap, delicious lunch or dinner.

Tokyo Shanghi Bistro
494 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
716-886-3839

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Aaron Flow
Buffalo, NY resident and screen-printer for over 7 years, I started the Super Sweet Shirt Co, in 2005 with the goal of making the most unique shirts and baby clothes imaginable.

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