Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Tiny and good. I've been driving by this "Little Mandarin" restaurant with curiosity for some time. Finally I took a chance to find parking and try it out yesterday for lunch.
You walk past some empty steam tables up front, but soon you see a busy and bustling section where you hope you will have a chance to sit after all. Where did all those people come from? As soon as I was seated a hot bowl of egg drop soup was placed in front of me, before I could even grab the menu!
This restaurant has a cash only policy, and no 'lunch combos', but they do have rice plates. I decided to try their spring rolls which are vegetables only with the main. These were fresh from the wok hot, crisp and delicious.
One always wonders what a description like "Tofu Vegetarian with Rice" actually means. But I took a chance and found it meant a generous portion of deep-fried tofu slices sauteed with fresh green peppers and mushrooms in a pleasing and light garlic sauce. This dish definitely gets a thumbs up as well. Little Mandarin specializes in North China Shan Dong Cooking, and is open every day for eat-in or take out. Be prepared for a very casual atmosphere, but quick service and clean surroundings. And not to mention very reasonable pricing. The "Tofu Vegetarian with Rice" was only $5.54! They've been in business for more than 20 years - it looks like they've hit upon the winning combination.