When it comes to Chinese food, I have an advantage that most Americans don't: I have a Chinese wife. As if that weren't good enough, she's a chef and connoisseur of good food. As a result of this, we have visited a host of Chinese eateries that cater to an almost exclusive Chinese clientele, almost all of them on the southwest side of town, and most of them along Bellaire Blvd between Gessner and Kirkwood. But if one really wants to experience a taste of authentic Shanghai cuisine, one need travel no farther than the Shanghai Restaurant. Really, to call this place a restaurant is a bit of a stretch. It's a shop, and a rather small one with maybe fifteen tables. But don't let the size of the place put you off. The food is top notch and authentic. The menus are in Chinese with English subtitles. As is typical with a Chinese restaurant, dozens of dishes are offered, almost all of which are very reasonably priced. I enjoy the spicy dishes. Even though they are spicy hot, the heat doesn't sit there and burn a hole through your tongue the way it does with some other types of cuisine. It feels more like the heat is scouring my tastebuds, thus enhancing the wonderful flavors of the dishes even more. Everything I have eaten there has been good, but probably my most favorite is the flounder. I don't know what it's called on the menu, but the fish is cut up into portions just the right size for chopsticks, stir-fried in a light batter, then combined with a spicy red sauce and vegetables. It's fantastic! The parking lot at this strip mall is always crowded, but there's usually enough of a turnover in traffic where you can find a space somewhere.