Mon Jin Lau is one of the best places around for Asian food. The restaurant itself is very elegant. At nighttime it is dark and very few lights are on. I means there are enough to see what you are eating. They are super busy on the weekends. During the week is not so bad. They also have photos hanging on the walls of different celebrities who have dined there. Each time I return I look the wall over to see if anyone has been added. The prices are on the higher side but the food is so good that it?s worth the price.
This one is not as bad as my friends had told me. It had almost all the varieties that a chinese buffet must hold. The quality though gets a beating. The fried rice is fried a bit too much that you cannot distinguish between the rice and the charcoal. They had a nice ambiance with colorful paintings and wall hangings adoring the wall both in the inside and the outside.
my girlfriend and i asked the hostess to seat us in the lounge, and even though it was a busy night, she was still able to accommodate us! ordered a few drinks, and i absolutely loved the chocolate cherry buddha martini! my friend ordered the pomegranate, which she also really liked!
loved our waitress may, who helped us with everything we needed! she's one of the best!!
ocean confetti salad is delicious! mon jin lau fried rice is great. great wall roll, salmon on the beach, and spicy tuna roll is to die for! loved everything, except it was a bit crowded.
other than that, everything was great!
Pros: had a fun experience.
Cons: a little bit crowded
My boyfriend took me on a date to Mon Jin Lau for the first time and the romantic atmosphere and ambiance of it all took me by surprise. We were given an option to sit outside on the patio, so we took advantage of it! It was absolutely beautiful outside, and we were given a nice table by the windows where the heater kept us warm later on in the night during our dinner. Our waitress, Liz, was GREAT! She is such an attentive waitress and hard worker. She really made the dinner ten times more fabulous! Liz gave us great suggestions on the drinks and dinner. We ended up ordering the MJL Special, which was awesome since it was flaming! It added to our romantic evening with the drink sharing ;) Since my boyfriend is vegetarian, Liz helped suggest appetizers we both would enjoy. We ended up ordering the Scallion Pancake appetizer, as well as the Ginger Garlic Eggplant. My boyfriend and I LOVED it!
For dinner, I ordered a Moo Shu Chicken, which came with hot, soft, pancakes, hoi sin sauce, and the moo shu chicken filling!! I wasn't too sure on how to eat it, but Liz taught me, which helped a lot! My boyfriend ordered the Buddha's Delight, which had an assortment of mixed vegetables! We both enjoyed our dinners outside on the patio.
We were full by dessert, but Liz showed us the dessert tray and we decided to share one since we were both so stuffed!! We ordered the chocolate mousse which really hit the spot after our whole dinner. I must say Mon Jin Lau is a great restaurant with GREAT food, a perfect ambiance, and staff that is so helpful, professional, and attentive! I can't wait to come and try the other dishes!!
Pros: heated patio, take out, specialty drinks, sushi, EVERYTHING!
Cons: can't think of one! love this place too much
June 20, 2009 - Just returned from the most horrible dinner at Mon Jin Lau. Not even worth the 1 star I rated. My husband and I are so angry. Wanted to leave without paying but wouldn't do that. I will not return. We had reservations for an outside table that were not honored. Staff was rude an unaccomodating. So sorry we stayed and waited it out. Please don't go to this restaurant. The should not be in business.
Pros: Nice patio
Cons: Rude service, do not accomodate reservations
all my evening was spolied....
service is to bad.....
quality of food is also not that good....
Pros: not satisfied
Cons: poor service
Checked out Mon Jin Lau for the first time with my girlfriends on a Saturday night. Been told to go on Wednesdays, but we were in the mood for Sushi, so we decided to check it out anyway. The place doesn't look like much from the outside, but when we got inside, I loved it! Very intimate. Our waitress, can't remember her name, was outstanding. Helped us order and everything. Everybody loved their food. The sushi was amazing. I concur with similar report below, very hot owners! Will try and come on Wednesdays to see what all the action is about.
Pros: Great Food, Fun Atmosphere
Cons: None that I saw!
The opportunity to try Mon Jin Lau finally happened last night when friends from California and I (a local) were doing a surprise bday for another amiga. Two weeks prior, I had read about their restaurant in a passed issue of Hour Detroit magazine while waiting in my dentist?s office. I found the family story very interesting; and reading some of the negatives comments below really shows how much some Chinese restaurant owners are. Coming from a Thai food establishment here, there?s nothing but appreciation and excitement for MJL. Complimentary valet parking was nice, The owner?s son were very good-looking and professional, staff was cool and so was the decor. But hands down, the best part was when the conga drummer and saxophone player came around to heighten things up?I beat the heck of that drum and I hope I get to do it again next time! I ordered the salmon on the beach just because other comments on here suggested it and wanted to check it out. It was delicious! Also, had the sashimi with slices of jalapenos on top, along with yellowtail/cream cheese sushi and soft crab sushi. The only downside was out in the patio where bartender couldn?t make me a mojito and the crowd is more from Miami and Malibu.
Mon Jin Lau is and has been one of my top 5 restaurants in the world. I have no clue what these other posts were talking about. If eating at a chain restaurant like PF cHangs is good to you than i guess you wouldnt like mon jin lau either. But there is something about independently owned businesses that suits me. There service is great especially the waitress Nancy, I think shes worked there for over 25 years. The Sushi is fabolous. Always fresh and creative. If your a first timer, I would pay no attention to the negative posts considering this place has been open for over 40 years and has won many culinary awards including this years Hour Magazines Restaurant of The Year. So if you do come, which i highly recomend, you have to try the salmon on the beach sushi roll and the chili pepper squid.
i had looked at the website for Mon Jin Lau prior to going there. I also looked on here and read the reviews. Most of which were good and said that it was a really nice place with GREAT food. I have never been so disappointed. Im a frequent diner at PF Changs Bistro. The prices at Mon Jin Lau are basically the same price and the environment and food are nowhere near the caliber of PF Changs. This place can not even touch it. We walked in and were sat immediately at this awkardly placed table right by the kitchen doors. It took our server 8-10 minutes to greet us and take our drink order. We immediatly ordered soup and chicken lettuce wraps. We then requested to move tables due to the gross smell coming out of the kitchen. The environment was loud and everything is so crammed together. I was expecting this beautiful asian restaurant. It was way less than mediocre. So 25 minutes later we still do not have our appetizers and the waitress has not returned to take our order. As our appetizers arrive, she quickly set them on the table and walked away. Not asking if we needed anything. The lettuce wraps had NO flavor to them and there was no soy sauce on our table. Soup was okay, nothing great. At this point I was soooo turned off by the food, service and environment I flagged down our waitress and asked for the bill and boxes. I didn't even want to order dinners there. We left and got carry out from PF Changs. PF Changs was awesome of course. I was just really disappointed in Mon Jin Lau. I had really looked forward to trying it and i love chinese/asian food. I do not recommend this to anyone. It is not anywhere near worth the money!!!!!!
When I first went to Mon Jin Lau, my reaction was that this had to be a joke. Although the cocktail I ordered was yummy, the food was substandard at best. My partner and I ordered a few sushi rolls and a few Chinese dishes. The sushi wasn't bad, but it wasn't good, either. The Chinese dishes were bad. Really, really bad. We ordered a Szuechuan chicken dish that is supposed to be spicy, but was a glopping syrupy sweet mess. It tasted oddly like a barbecue chicken dish that you can get at Royal Oak Brewery. I think people confuse Asian-owned and Asian decor as a sign of authenticity, but there was nothing authentic about these dishes. If you're looking for authenticity, pay more attention to the clientele. I think the owners of Mon Jin Lau have altered the flavors of their foods to appeal to the tastebuds of the Michigan locals, not to Asian customers who are there to get real Asian flavored foods. Also, while you read the reviews for this restaurant, check to see what other reviews someone has written if they give Mon Jin Lau 5 stars. If someone gives this place 5 stars and it's the only review they've written, you have to ask yourself if they're a real person honestly reviewing restaurants, or if they work at the alleged 5-star establishment and are promoting it instead.
Pros: martini was good, service was good, decor was nice
Cons: food is really bad and not worth the pros.
Mon Jin Lau was just awarded the 2008 Hour Detroit Restaurant of the Year. It's about time. I've been going to Mon Jin Lau for years. The food is amazing and consistent. The service is impeccable. Their waitstaff are all hard working and very attentive. The ambiance is incredible. Great music. I couldn't think of a better restaurant to win this award. Congrats!!
Pros: Amazing Food, Great Service, Consistently Great
Cons: Parking. When Busy, It's Hard to Find.
I've been going to Mon Jin Lau for years. My parents used to take us when we were kids. Can you believe this place is still around? It's as hip and cool as ever. Went there on a Wednesday night with my girlfriends. Wow. What a fun time. Great Music, great atmosphere. I heard that Friday nights that have a DJ, can't wait to check that out. Absolutely great music. Asked the waitress where the music came from, told me the owner doesn't give out that secret. Amazing food. Try the Salmon on the Beach. Also, the Kimchee Crab Cakes were out of this world.
Pros: Great food, atmosphere, service
This is one of those unexpected gems that dot the metro Detroit area -- you know, those truly good spots found in the middle of nowhere that look like nothing more than just another joe-schmo kinda place until you actually stop in and are totally wowed. Like Hong Hua or Cafe Cortina, this place is great yet you would never guess judging from its boring suburban surroundings. The appetizers really are the best -- and the signature drink is absolutely fantastic! (I forgot what it's called but it's this huge, oversized fruity cocktail with a flame in the middle that comes with straws for you and all your friends). The outdoor seating area is perfect on a warm day, so take advantage during the summer when there's also a DJ throughout the week. The place is usually packed on weekends with well-suited men, flesh-baring women and loud groups adding to the lively atmosphere.
Pros: Appetizers; cool scene; flaming cocktail
Cons: Can get really busy
I love sushi. I could eat sushi everyday if I had to. I went to the Plum Market in Bloomfield the other day, and tried the sushi. Amazing. Best sushi I've ever had from a grocery store. I wondered if the grocery store made it, but they told me it was a restaurant in Troy called Mon Jin Lau. I went there with my girlfriends the other day, and I can't believe I've never been before. The food is to die for. Not only is their sushi arguably the best I've ever had, but we also tried the Peanut Chicken and the Asian Filet. I actually ordered takeout so I could also have some more the next day!
Pros: Great Sushi, Atmosphere, Service
I'm originally from New York, but moved here about 5 years ago. My girlfriends and I love Mon Jin Lau. I'm a consultant, so I travel and eat out frequently. Who would know that the best Asian restaurant is in little old Troy, Michigan! The ambiance is like none other. The service is impeccable, and the food is to die for. Newbies, try the Mandarin Crispy Duck, or the Asian Filet. The sushi is amazing....I just tried the Salmon on the Beach the other day. I couldn't stop eating it. If any owners every read this board.....open other Mon Jin Lau's in other states!!!!!
Pros: Food, Food, Food, Ambiance, Service
Cons: They Need More Mon Jin Lau's Everywhere Else
food was bad.portion was small and service was ok. we're
not sure we'll be back.it's a shame we live so close.
We ordered Lettuce Wrap which was good but PF Chang's lettuce wrap is better. We ordered the Crispy Duck and Hunan Spicy Shrimp. The Hunan Spicy Shrimp was not spicy but sweet instead. Crispy duck was no duck at all but more like crispy bone with no meat. Overall the entrees were bland. Service and ambiance are good. But I would not go back due to tasteless food. I think at the price of the dishes, the food should be excellent. If you are going for sushi, I would eat at a real sushi restaurant. Not some restaurant that tries to be Chinese, Thai, and Japanese in one. So thumb down for Mon Jin Lau.
Pros: Service and Ambience
Me and my family have been eating (dinning in & carry out) for the last 10 years at least. The food was always delicious and service was always top notch. That is, until recently. Over the last two years, Mon Jin Lau has gone downhill in all areas. The food has lost it's flare and the service has become downright lazy.
I ordered carry out a few weeks ago from them. My father enjoys the Almond chicken dish and it's the only thing he ever gets (he's knows what he likes). In the last few orders we have gotten....This dish in partcular has gone downhill. The chicken is dry and over cooked. I tend to be more adventurous and tend to try something different everytime. The last few dishes I've gotten have been very bland and the fish, rather tough and chewy (shrimp and scallops...but more so then normal). Also, in the last few carry out orders, items were forgotten completely, such as spring rolls, sauces, and poor packaging.
I used to love Mon Jin Lau,, but I'd rather dine elsewhere, Like Thai Inn on Rochester rd in the north hill plaza, ot for the japanese side of things...Take Sushi across from Rochester High.
Pros: ambience, nice bar
Cons: pricey, o.k. food
My friends and I tried Mon Jin Lau for the first time. I kept hearing and hearing about it, but never got a chance to try it since I don't live that close. We went on a Friday night. They were so busy. We grabbed a drink at the bar and waited for our table to be set. One of our friends had the lychee martini, which was amazing. I tried the asian pear martini, it was good, but I think I liked the lychee better. The ambiance of this place was amazing....great music, and nice staff. I ordered sushi, and the thai peanut chicken. To die for. I defintely will be back.
Pros: Ambiance, Food, Service
Cons: Very Busy, Hard to Find a Place to Stand
I am not sure if I would say over-rated. I think the food is a bit americanized. Even so, I still think the food is very good. As for the person who ordered the Pad Thai... All I have to say is that you don't order Thai food in a Chinese Restaurant (and by the way... Pad Thai generally is cooked with an egg)...
The only reasons why I dine here is the ambiance. Otherwise, I go to other places for carry out.
Cons: a little expensive
The menu was innovative, I will give them that. It is also has a nice atmosphere. My dish, the vegetable pad thai, was terrible. You would think such a common dish would be safe to order. To be perfectly honest, it was a big pile of mushy noodles and overcooked veggies. Also, the menu does not state that it has egg. I am a vegetarian and do not eat egg. If my server wasn't so rude and unavailable, I would have mentioned it to her. As other people have said, we were not offered any refills on our drinks. My dinner companion had General Tso's Chicken. He said it was much better at other places. We won't be back.
Pros: nice atmosphere, maybe the specials are better than the old stand bys
Cons: horrible service, dishes are not consistent with other asian places
Been going to Mon Jin Lau regularly for I don't know how long. The food is consistenly outstanding, always. As many restaurants come and go, Mon Jin Lau seems to stay excellant on food quality and service throughout the years. My favorites are the Beef Chow Fun and Singapore Noodles. The best Crab Rangoon anywhere. They have a new outdoor pation that is beautiful. Lively bar, and great music.
Pros: Food, Service, Quality
Cons: Needs more smoking areas, but that's the only negative
I just went to Mon Jin Lau for the very first time after hearing so many raves. We went there for my girlfriend's 30th birthday party. The service was outstanding. Our waitress was so attentive to every detail, and helping us order. I ordered the Rainbow Roll and the Hong Kong Roll. It was amazing....and I'm no sushi rookie! The Asian Filet was incredible, done just perfect. Few of my girlfriends ordered the Chilean Sea Bass which they said was out of this world. They have an amazing patio. It's like being in another city...Miami or LA. The music and ambiance is awesome!! I recommend this place to everyone and will be going back very often.
Pros: Food, Ambiance, Service
Cons: Little More Parking, Couldn't Find a Space, too many Cars
Don't believe the hype. Went there with friends and the atmosphere was terrific. Very upscale and trendy. However, much like PF Changs, the ambience is superb but the food is overrated. If I go out to a restaurant, the food better be good and well worth it. Service was also poor. Our waitress was rude, failed to offer refills and there were flies everywhere. For the amount of food and quality, its totally not worth the price. Would not recommend.
Cons: Service, quality of food and price
Mon Jin Lau has long been one of my favorite restaurants in Detroit. Every dish that I've ever tried here has been good, and most are excellent. Their Nu Asian choices are generally better than their traditional Chinese. Some of my favorites include the Sesame Salmon, the Sea Bass with Black Bean and Garlic, and the Peppered Tuna. If you prefer more traditional, the Singapore Noodles are also great. Excellent appetizers ... especially the Ginger Garlic Eggplant and Chili Pepper Squid. I've also had very good sushi here (similar in quality to Little Tree or Noble Fish). The service is friendly and they have an excellent selection of wines and Martinis. On weekends it does get crowded and you'll probably need a reservation. Weekdays are quieter, but you may still have a short wait. The ambiance is excellent, and includes the main room, bar area, a Terrarium room and patio. Great for couples and small groups of friends.
Pros: Excellent food and ambiance
Cons: Somewhat expensive
Lots of positives so I will qualify that I like more downscale places, to me authentic Chinese is like the places in NYC or SF Chinatown and more to include formica than marble. And to be clear this is by no means a bad place, service was great, the ambience is nice if you don't mind smoke and the food solid. But nothing spectacular. And when combined with the price point, it is unlikely to be a return visit place for us.
By all means go if you like a more upscale experience, order some of the more non-traditional things and you will surely be happy. But this place is as much about style, being seen and the wine list as it is about great Chinese food.
Pros: Original Menu, Good food , Great service
Cons: Basics only ok, overpriced, smoky
I recently had the pleasure of dinning at MJL for my 15th anniversary. The food was fabulous I had the "Sea bass with XO Ginger Sauce" the bass was light and flakey and the sauce was MMMM! AND I tried Sushi for the first time. It was nice because you are able to order 2 pieces of a type or two of sushi. Also the Cranberry Martini was delisious. The tables are close together but if you are with interesting and charming dinner partner(s) you dont need to pay attention to the table next to you. As always good food is worth paying a little more for. This Is Not your typical "I'm hungry! " 1 hour after you eat chinese food.
Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Good Atmosphere
Cons: we waited 10 minutes, to be seated,, with a reservation
This place has a great atmosphere and innovative food. Get the whole fish with black bean sauce or the tenderloin with ginger sauce. Skip the sushi and their wonton soup. The service is rushed and rude like they are doing you a favor, but the food is why you will come here time after time.
Pros: Variety, Quality, Innovation
Cons: Rude Service, Rushed Service
The food is fabulous. We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. The tables are a bit close together, though. And one of the dining rooms requires a walk through a smokey, very crowded, close spaced bar were customers sometimes have to move their chairs for you to get through. The seafood hot and sour soup for two is worth the trip there alone. Not your typical Chinese fare, my favorite is the Asian Filet. I have not had a tastier steak anywhere.
Pros: Parking, Unique Menu, Service
Cons: Crowded tables, Walk through bar, Very pricey
I have enjoyed the food and service at Mon Jin Lau every time I have gone there. However, the last time, my birthday, was a disaster. We asked for a quiet corner and were seated next to a table of about 20 people with two children under age two, who proceeded to scream nearly the entire time. As I look back, we should have gotten up and left, but I didn't want to make my husband feel bad. You can be sure that is the last time we will go to Mon Jin Lau.
Pros: good food, decent menu, average expense
Cons: too crowded, tables close together
My wife still remembers the night I gave her an anniversary ring in a drink for two. The Food has been awesome for some 20 years or more. Please stay away so I can have it all to my self. The service is very prompt, the sushi is getting better, and the menu is very diverse. LOL
Pros: OUTSTANDING FOOD!!!, Very Good Selection, Prompt Service
Cons: Very Loud at Night, Pricey at Night, Small Foyer & Bar.
I have done a fair share of dining out at numerous Asian Restaurants, but by far, my favorite is Mon Jin Lau. The atmosphere, service and especially the food. OUTSTANDING! Unfortunately, I live out of state right now, but everytime I go back to Michigan to visit relatives, I always make sure I go out for dinner with friends before I leave. Looking forward to dining there again!
I have been to this restaurant twice in the last few months and loved it both times. The food is fabulous. Try the fish with green curry in banana leaf. We really like their seafood, overall. They have many menu options which is great if you are going with a large group. However, the place is quite noisy and the service is not that great. The first time, the waitress accidentally spilled a whole glass of water on our table and then apologized and cleaned up. The second time, we kept trying to get attention of the staff to get water refills and they kept ignoring us.
Pros: great food, food variety
Cons: pricey, noisy, service not great
With so many Thai, Japanese, and Korean places opening, it's nice to see a decent Chinese place that is not all grease. Very deilcate food in a modern decor. Try something different and you will not be disappointed.
Pros: Different menu, Interior, Service
Cons: Not inexpensive, Very busy
We have never been disappointed by a visit to Mon Jin Lau--and there have been many. Their plate presentations are wonderful. And the fare is delicious. This is a grown up Oriental restaurant that remains contemporary in every way. I'll admit, I could feast on their spring rolls alone, but the menu always offers something special. They have staying power and its because of their food and service.
Pros: Soups, Appetizers, Food quality
Cons: Sometimes very busy
MJL is a great place for sushi and other Asian cuisines. The restuarant has a great ambience and the wait staff was pleasant. The Chinese and Thai dishes were superb. The best Chinese food in the area. I will definitely come back. MJL is busy for a reason, the food is excellent.
Pros: great sushi, great food
Cons: little pricey, sometimes crowded