Beloved eatery moves to KaimukiA La Carte
August 8, 2021
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
The Mandalay reopened three months ago in Kaimuki after relocating from its larger downtown location, which served as the restaurant’s initial home since 2006 under the guidance of husband-and-wife owners Larry and Linda Chan.
“The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to downsize, which was probably for the best as my parents are getting older; the pandemic taught us to slow down and enjoy the present,” says manager Christina Chan. “We hope to continually provide quality Chinese cuisine in a much more intimate setting. Getting to know our customers and continuing to provide a part of our culture is what makes it rewarding for us, and it has been a blessing to relocate to Kaimuki. We hope everyone takes this time to reflect, be kind and create memories with loved ones.”
Xiao Long Bao ($8.95 for five pieces) are soup dumplings best enjoyed when the delicious morsels come out of the steamer piping hot. Chan also recommends Spareribs and Bitter Melon in Clay Pot ($16.95) as well as Turnip Cake with XO Sauce ($12.95), as this must-try dish is elevated by the savory sauce and umami flavor of the turnip cake.
The Mandalay is currently offering dine-in service, takeout options and online ordering, a feature that was just unveiled this week, as the restaurant team continues to monitor the pandemic. Be sure to follow The Mandalay on Instagram (@mandalayhawaii) for the latest updates and promotions.
“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of our loyal customers, and we’ve expanded our a la carte menu and continue to evolve to best serve our customers,” Chan says. “Although restaurants have opened up, many of us are still struggling with staff shortages, supply shortages, and other challenges, and we kindly ask everyone to please be patient and kind toward the people that are serving you.”