A Change Of SceneryA La Carte Columns
June 11, 2017
Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa |
Diners have come to expect the vibrant atmosphere found at many Chinese restaurants, and they are accustomed to the noisy clanking of carts and jovial conversation surrounding any dim sum lunch hour. But sometimes the delicious experience warrants a different ambiance — one that evokes relaxation in a serene setting.
You can find such a calming scene at The Mandalay, located downtown. You’ll still receive the delicious food and fast service that Chinese eateries are known for, but with more time to relax and enjoy it all.
Aside from dim sum, The Mandalay offers an assortment of unique, elevated entrees and appetizers to enjoy with the entire table. Shareable standouts include Golden Shrimp, Orange Chicken, Seafood with Vegetables in Taro Basket and Deep Fried Harm Ha Chicken Wings — just to name a few.
And if you’re planning a celebration, the restaurant offers private rooms, an upstairs area for larger parties and banquet menus to match.
For Father’s Day (June 18), The Mandalay will host a special dim sum brunch buffet and dinner buffet.
DON’T KNOCK IT ‘TIL YOU TRY IT
The idea of chicken wings at a Chinese restaurant may seem out of place, but The Mandalay’s Deep Fried Harm Ha Chicken Wings ($11.95 for eight) quickly dispel those doubts. Enter succulent, crispy chicken marinated in Chinese wine, salt and pepper and the famous Chinese shrimp paste harm ha (also hom ha). This appetizer comes with eight mouthwatering, umami-packed wings that have been perfectly fried, offering a great way to begin any meal.
1055 Alakea St., Downtown Honolulu
Daily, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.