An Elegant Oasis Of Chinese FareInside Feature
February 25, 2018
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Tony Grillo
With two floors of ample dining space in the heart of Downtown, The Mandalay serves as a culinary hot spot, where customers can escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding metropolis and enjoy fine Asian cuisine, including everything from Cantonese-inspired dishes to delectable Hong Kong-style dim sum.
The friendly team at The Mandalay is able to host all sorts of gatherings, from weddings to birthday parties and business functions, and also offers a full banquet and catering menu for groups of all sizes. The husband-and-wife ownership team of Linda and Larry Chan opened The Mandalay on Alakea Street more than a decade ago, and brings 20-plus years of culinary experience to the table via the family business. All cuisine at The Mandalay is prepared without MSG, and various vegetarian and healthy options also are available.
“We have multiple private rooms and can help guests with planning for any occasion, and within any budget,” adds Larry Chan. “We also offer a full bar, convenient validated parking and can stay open until 10:30 p.m. for those who plan parties and functions with us.”
In other exciting news, a selection of specialty items are now available at The Mandalay, including Shrimp with Asparagus in X.O. Sauce ($22.95). The dish is composed of a savory sauce featuring dried scallops and “secret ingredients.” Special Shrimp Sauce Deep-Fried Chicken Wings ($13.95) is a new appetizer option with plump, tender wings marinated in flavorful sauce before being lightly fried to golden perfection.
Sea Cucumber Sautee with Green Onion ($29.95) is a healthy, low-cholesterol delicacy with plenty of flavor, while Mandalay Special Lettuce Wrap ($19.95) is another healthy-yet-tasty choice that encourages diners to eat with their hands as they scoop a flavorful blend of diced squab, bamboo shoots and mushrooms into fresh, crisp lettuce to form mini pockets packed with flavor.
Just in time for the Year of the Dog, The Mandalay offers Chinese Traditional Jai ($14.95), a dish synonymous with Chinese New Year that is known for fostering good luck and prosperity. The vegetarian specialty includes rice noodles and vegetables tossed in a scintillating sauce.
More than 50 varieties of dim sum are served daily at The Mandalay, and each dim sum choice is made every day from scratch. The Mandalay serves dim sum from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and options range from $2.50 for smaller items to $4.95 for larger, specialty items. The Mandalay also offers an array of banquet menus, including sets starting at $238 for 10 people during lunch service (log on to themandalaywawaii.com to view the available options).
Those looking for a quick meal on the go may take advantage of The Mandalay’s express menu, which is available Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The to-go counter allows customers to build their own meal with oneto three-entree choices ($5.50-$7.50) from an array of rotating daily options.