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The Mandalay

July 9, 2017

Mandalay offers rare Hakka-style cuisine

With little in the way of added garnishing or seasoning, Hakka-style Chinese cuisine seems deceptively simple at first glance. But with this particular culinary style, the focus is on texture enhancement and the development of savory flavors. One of the best examples is yán jú ji, or Baked Salt Chicken, a beloved dish from the…

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June 11, 2017

A Change Of Scenery

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…

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May 7, 2017

Dining In Style

The facade of The Mandalay, Alakea Street’s favorite Chinese restaurant, includes a limestone-and-tile mural of a sweeping ocean wave. Compared to the dragon-draped columns and lacquered gingerbread on some of Honolulu’s other Chinese restaurants, the handsome mural might seem understated. But its textures and elegance are echoed throughout The Mandalay’s decor: subdued lighting, embroidered crimson…

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April 2, 2017

Take a break from work with a tasty meal

Workday lunches can be a tough thing to figure out. You want something reasonably priced, yet tasty; quick, yet relaxing. Downtown workers seem to have found the answer to lunchtime quandaries at The Mandalay, which serves up a mix of traditional and modern Chinese cuisine. It’s such the perfect lunch spot, server Wilfred Leung says,…

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January 1, 2017

The Best Way To Ring In Goodness

In preparing yourself to conquer the new year, there’s a lot to reflect on from 2016. Whether it was a year full of smart choices or unfortunate mistakes, take it upon yourself to make the right decision in 2017 with a fresh start at The Mandalay. The downtown Chinese restaurant is well equipped to enter…

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November 20, 2016

Your Party-Ready Eatery

The high ceilings and elegant decor at The Mandalay in downtown Honolulu help to create the sophisticated feel that the Chinese restaurant is going for. As for the food, it’s also nothing but top-notch. With a second level perfect for holding large, private events, as well as various sliding doors downstairs capable of sectioning off…

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October 16, 2016 ,

Got My Eyes On Eggplant

Happy Sunday, Ono readers! Like many of you, I can hardly believe it’s already the middle of October and we are officially in what I like to call “pumpkin-spice season.” As we start to snuggle up with those seasonal lattes, we’ll also need a menu of cozy fare filled with hearty ingredients to help us…

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September 9, 2016

This time of year calls for cozy new dishes

Fall months are known for slightly cooler weather, and as we enter the new season, The Mandalay has several seasonal dishes you can enjoy with the crisp air. According to server Wilfred Leung, customers should waste no time trying the seasonal Ginger Chicken in Hot Pot ($16.95) dish. He shares that purple ginger is the…

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August 7, 2016

A Downtown Gem

The Mandalay, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, serves authentic Cantonese-style cuisine and Hong Kong-style dim sum in an elegant, comfortable setting. Located in the heart of Downtown Honolulu, the spacious two-level restaurant often draws a varied lunch crowd. Larry Chan, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife Linda, says they’ve been updating the…

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July 3, 2016 ,

A Whale Of An Oxtail

When our Dining Out crew was working on our cover story for this week, we came across a “nomalicious” oxtail soup at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue’s ocean-front location at Ala Moana Beach Park. Ever since, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about oxtail. You probably already have a favorite spot for local-style oxtail soup —…

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