Mandarin House, located in the heart of the busy Hampton Street shopping precinct, offers a sumptuous selection of modern Chinese delicacies which are anything but ‘humble’.
On the day of my visit, I had the pleasure of sampling an assortment of specialities. While the meal presentation was impressive and the service exemplary, it was the fusion of flavours that left the greatest impression. From the entree of baked scallops and panfried dumplings through to the mains of spicy salt & pepper flounder and lamb cutlets in Mandarin sauce, each of the dishes was distinct yet complementary and indicated that modern Chinese cuisine, when prepared by the best chefs, rivals any other cuisine in the world.
It’s no surprise that the meals are of such an extraordinary standard. Owners Dennis Chung and Ken Tsang, and Chef Mr Lim have a wealth of experience. Dennis Chung previously owned the Sea Dragon in Sandringham while Ken Tsang has worked at various Chinese restaurants including the world famous Flower Drum.
A year ago, Ken and Mr Lim worked together at Bok Choy Brighton where they earned plaudits through awards in The Age Good Food Guide, Herald Sun and Tucker & Seabrook (Wine List). Then in October 2003 the three joined together to open Mandarin House.
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit, then make sure you do. You’ll see just how far Chinese cuisine has come.
Mandarin House is open for dinner 7 nights a week (lunch Monday to Friday). The average entree price is around $8, mains start at $17.80 while banquets are available starting at $55 per person.
The restaurant is fully licensed (BYO wine only) and can also cater for functions of up to 60 people. To book call 9598 2388.