Mandalay Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1055 Alakea St

    Honolulu, HI 96813

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  • 808-525-8585

About Mandalay Restaurant

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Sunday To Saturday From 10:30 AM To 10:00 PM

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This is a great place for a beginner Chinese food eater. They have pictures and descriptions of the dim sum on the menu. The food is good and fresh. The service is kind of frenetic but usually prompt and attentive. It doesnt seem to matter if you make reservations or not - I usually do but they never have it on the list!

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★★★★☆

This is a great place for a beginner Chinese food eater. They have pictures and descriptions of the dim sum on the menu. The food is good and fresh. The service is kind of frenetic but usually prompt and attentive. It doesnt seem to matter if you make reservations or not - I usually do but they never have it on the list!

Pros: picture and descriptions of dim sum

Cons: servers are kind of hyper

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"Upscale" and "Chinese restaurant" don't often appear together, but with The Mandalay, it fits. The striking, but not flashy, decor seems almost out of place, with the financial district just down the block and Chinatown a few bus stops away.

The draw is the dim sum, and the twist is this: rather than picking items from carts that rotate around the restaurant, you mark your choices on a form that will give you SAT flashbacks. You're aided with a nice photo sheet with pictures of each dim sum, for those (like most people) who are used to choosing with their eyes rather than their limited Chinese vocabulary. Your choices are then prepared fresh in the kitchen and delivered to your table.

We visited their opening week, and decided to order off the menu. Everything looked great, and what we had was delicious. Dried scallop fried rice with egg whites, clams with black bean sauce, and peppersalt shrimp. Those first two dishes made a particularly wonderful pair.

PROS: Food quality and presentation, ambiance
CONS: Price, service speed, parking

4
★★★★☆

"Upscale" and "Chinese restaurant" don't often appear together, but with The Mandalay, it fits. The striking, but not flashy, decor seems almost out of place, with the financial district just down the block and Chinatown a few bus stops away.

The draw is the dim sum, and the twist is this: rather than picking items from carts that rotate around the restaurant, you mark your choices on a form that will give you SAT flashbacks. You're aided with a nice photo sheet with pictures of each dim sum, for those (like most people) who are used to choosing with their eyes rather than their limited Chinese vocabulary. Your choices are then prepared fresh in the kitchen and delivered to your table.

We visited their opening week, and decided to order off the menu. Everything looked great, and what we had was delicious. Dried scallop fried rice with egg whites, clams with black bean sauce, and peppersalt shrimp. Those first two dishes made a particularly wonderful pair.

PROS: Food quality and presentation, ambiance
CONS: Price, service speed, parking

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The Mandalay's elegant dining room is a frequent lunch choice for business people in downtown Honolulu. The menu offers traditional Chinese dishes such as Peking duck and beef with ginger and green onion as well as a variety of seafood…

 

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