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January 26, 2006




Sorry you didn't have a good experience with Mandalay. When I went last week, I really wanted to like it because it's been so long since I can remember any restaurant at that old Yong Sing site. There were seven of us, and we ordered two noodle dishes (one house special and the other with udon), and about 12-14 assorted dim sum dishes. Nothing fancy, just the usual stuff (mochi rice, tsu mai, taro puff, etc...). The service was slow and we waited almost 40 minutes for our food, and even then they got some of it wrong. After an hour and a half, I had to get back to work and left some money with my co-workers. I was later floored to learn that the food had cost us $18 each! Yes, $18 x 7 = $126 for a dim sum lunch.

I think I can only afford to go back there for lunch if I go to Vegas and win Megabucks.

Oh well, there are always other restaurants to explore, and the next time I'm in the area, I think I'll head up to VIII 1/2.


Hi Colette,

I really wanted to like the Mandalay as well. When I sampled the clams at the Taste of Honolulu last year, I thought they were great. It really got me wanting to try some of the other dishes here.

When the time finally came around, I felt the food was too expensive given the portion size and the quality. I'm still going to try dinner, especially since there are some interesting things on the menu, but I have to get this nasty taste out of my mouth first.


That's sad you guys had a bad experince there. When I went with my boyfriend and his mother for dim sum I actually had a good time. Our service was decent but our food came out hot and tasty. We had char siu look fun roll, taro puff, lettuce wrap, dumplings etc. But I know what you mean about the takeout dimsum. I got takeout from there and everything was cold soggy and extra oily. Good luck with future adventures!


Hello Reid,

I'm Kristie. Tai Pan Dim Sum owners' daughter? Yeah, well, I saw your review about Tai Pan. It wasn't that bad and Mandalay is my friend's restaurant. They're really rich so even without the Mandalay, they'd be livin' the good life. Ha. But anyways, I think they never should've sold Eastern Garden. They were getting some stuff back there. And I've got some benefits from my best friend. I really like their lunch specials, but I don't know about the dim sum, either. I saw some favorites on the menu, but my friend told me they were all out after running out of the kitchen. Dinner will stun you, I hope. It was good when I went to try with my mom and dad and their trusty worker. They didn't like it, but I loved it. Even though I'm like a 12-year-old, try to trust me on this? Dinner won't disappoint. :)


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