Best Of MenuPages Reviews: I Disagree

We may not do reviews at MenuPages, but our legions of users are all over that. Here are three of interest.

Here at MenuPages, we’re just thrilled to bits when we see our readers reacting to each other’s reviews. Not that we expect our review section to turn into a full message board, but even a smattering of critical dialogue is both engaging and reassuring, in that it supplies a sufficient proof of basic comprehension on the part of the reviewer. This week, a trio of reactionary reviews, in reverse chronological order (which is, frustratingly but necessarily, how they show up on the website):

Yesterday, “anonymous” responded to a review left for
Shanghai Terrace that claimed the restaurant isn’t worth the price:


couldn’t really disagree more. the terrace is one of the only places in the city where you can have an upscale meal outside but inside is still lovely so you dont have to worry about sudden inclement weather ruining the night. chef soh’s food is not jaw-dropping haute cuisine, but it is high performance herb & flavor driven chinese —even in chinatown there aren’t many places that hold a candle on consistency and flexible luxury


Indeed, flexibility is a cornerstone of luxury. Consider how much more we pay for unrestricted plane tickets! Also, we decline to make a joke about “high performance herb.”

Meanwhile, on July 11th, “Darren” wrote a defense entitled “How much crack did the last guy smoke?” about Mi Tierra Mexicana:


The last review made it seem like this place is terrible in every way. We have been going here for 2 years now. Great prices , great food, good service and a huge menu selection that tastes great. Even the environment is enjoyable and colorful with very authentic Mexican decor. The last reviewer is completely wrong and it makes me wonder if he is some guy from another restaurant trying to sink Mi Tierra for some reason.


Let us set aside the legal issues of BYOB, and also, we don’t see anything about 99 cent soups on the menu. Maybe a special? But the important thing is, “D” would never have left such a heart-felt and detailed review if he or she weren’t galvanized into defending the restaurant against what “D” thought to be baseless accusations. Dialogue is the intellectual combat through which we create and refine knowledge. Use it!

Shanghai Terrace [MenuPages]
Shanghai Terrace [Official Site]

Mi Tierra Mexicana [MenuPages]
Mi Tierra Mexicana [Official Site]

Ping Pong [MenuPages]
Ping Pong [Official Site]

Anyone who says ping pong is expensive needs to venture out more. They have 99 cent soups. Their appetizers are reasonably priced. Their entrees are no pricier than a regular non-wait-staff Chinese place. Their wine bottles don’t even have a $10 markup.The food itself is quite great. One thing I really like about Ping Pong is it’s diverseness. You can order regular ole General’s chicken or something more adventurous and different. The red snapper is awesome. And even though they have a bar now, it’s still also BYOB (I’m not even really sure how they legally do that? but who cares…).If you get a sidewalk or window table, the people watching here is the best money can buy. I love it.


Let us set aside the legal issues of BYOB, and also, we don’t see anything about 99 cent soups on the menu. Maybe a special? But the important thing is, “D” would never have left such a heart-felt and detailed review if he or she weren’t galvanized into defending the restaurant against what “D” thought to be baseless accusations. Dialogue is the intellectual combat through which we create and refine knowledge. Use it!

Shanghai Terrace [MenuPages]
Shanghai Terrace [Official Site]

Mi Tierra Mexicana [MenuPages]
Mi Tierra Mexicana [Official Site]

Ping Pong [MenuPages]
Ping Pong [Official Site]

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Best Of MenuPages Reviews: I Disagree