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First Bite: Pearl Is a Treasure

Fiery Shanghai shines at this new Asian-themed mall.


Fiery Shanghai

With Pacific Pearl, a new mall anchored by 99 Ranch Market and a treasure trove of restaurants and bakeries, the number of Asian dining options surrounding the Interstate 580/680 intersection is officially staggering.

Pacific Pearl, one of many sprawling Asian-themed malls in Dublin and Pleasanton, is located across from San Francisco Premium Outlets and is already home to Mumu Hot Pot, Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, Poke Moana, and Jinya Ramen Bar, with many more eateries coming soon.

We decided to check out Fiery Shanghai, a 150-plus seat Szechuan and Shanghai cuisine restaurant with an extensive menu of both offbeat delicacies (marinated jellyfish and “edible tree fungus salad”) and familiar classics (kung pao chicken and dry fried green beans).

Two dishes—thinly sliced, juicy, and aromatic cumin lamb, and crunchy head-on salt-and-pepper shrimp—were fantastic; a lunch special of twice-cooked pork—spicy belly meat—was pungent and delicious (although our side of bland, cold broccoli was a turn-off), while those green beans had a texture closer to boiled than flash wok-fried.

Fiery Shanghai’s cavernous dining room is generic with white walls and a sea of tables, and the service on our visit was accommodating if a bit too eager.

2725 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton, (925) 201-1131, fieryshanghai.com.

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