BeBe’s undetermined birthday @ Shao on Frankel Avenue was wonderful fun, and a wonderful meal. So family oriented and friendly - staff amazing with food so masterful and delicious - must try on East Coast!!!
Shao BBQ Restaurant on Frankel Avenue is a new place from a top Chef, Jack Ding. Coming from UK where he studied and set 1st restaurant up - incredible.
I will be back at Shao to try other dishes and will have encores of the Marinated Chilled Roe Crab, Oyster Porridge with Sotong Sausage and Luffa Pancake.
To my surprise, the crab arrived hot. And the unagi sauce was not the thick sweet stuff that one usually associates with unagi (or if it was, they barely applied any). That's a really good thing, since the crab itself was awesome with its generous abundance of rich and creamy yellow roe; the last thing I'd want is for some sweet sauce to cover it up. The savory taste of the crab meat and tomalley were very pronounced, to my delight.
I'd really like to try their marinated crab too, if only I can plan far enough ahead to order it in advance.
The intimate space makes it a cosy dining venue, though I wouldn’t think it is worth going the extra travel mile for it.
It is a comforting dish for a cold, raining day.