User review by t9056467. For all the hype and awards I read before going to this resturant, I was expecting a gourmet chinese resturant. Instead, imagine your local chinese american resturant except one or two steps above in food in ambience. The beef with beans and the cashew chicken was delicious, as was the crab and cheese wonton, the sweet and sour pork however tasted as if it had been cooked previously. Like I said, everything was just a step above your average chinese resturant, the beans in the beef with beans were just crisp and cooked to perfection with a delicious sauce, the sweet and sour sauce has a fresher fruitier taste than the competition.
Overhype thy name is The Mandarin. My wife and I moved to Bountiful about 4 years ago and have heard non-stop about how we "have to eat at the Mandarin." We finally tried it and have confirmed what we have thought for a long time- a full parking lot in Bountiful is a bad sign if you actually want to eat food that tastes like anything. Very few restaurants are worth a 60-90 minute wait for a table for two. This is not one of them. Bland, Americanized, greasy, soggy, and just not very tasty. Isn't Szechuan supposed to be spicy? Well, don't count on it here. Not sure why this place is so popular, but they have an amazing word of mouth marketing campaign for being so completely mediocre.
Good but is it worth the wait?. My parents live in Bountiful and have been going to the Mandarin for years. We have family dinners there often. The food is good if maybe too American and it is very nice inside once you get inside. The problem is that there is always too long of a wait even when there are tables empty they make you wait. This place is good for people with nothing else to do and without small kids.
The real deal. Having lived near the Mandarin for years, it was hard not to eat take out every night once the cooking begins and fills the neighborhood with its aroma. Nothing plain or average here except the prices. Authetic Chineese cooks live in a near-by condo and rotate in and out of Chinatown in S.F. This is no chain, but rather one mans affection for the Mandarin style cusine. Traditional style decor gives an elegant feeling to the dining experience. A wide variety of selections are individually prepared to order, keeping food at its highest level of quality and freshness. No limp overcooked veggies here! Just amazingly great flavors to excite your palate.
Best Chinese Restaurant in Utah. Arrive early. Wait patiently. Have the best Chinese dinner in Utah. Get the asparagus beef and anything else the waiter recommends as the special of the day, this includes desserts. Avoid the scallops. They are over-priced and stingy of meat. The salmon is tasty but, it too is over-priced. UPDATE: DO NOT miss the special (eight-course) dinner served only during the Chinese new Year (Mid-February to early March). This dinner is served to a minimum of four people. Approximate cost is $18 per person.
Chinese at its best. This place is such a local favorite - you have to line up at the door 20-30 minutes before they open at five. If you are not in the first "wave" - you wait until 6:30 to eat. Request the "patio" - newer and with a better view. Order ALL their specials, including dessert right away. The Thai Chicken is excellent, as are their appetizers and chicken fried rice. The 5-taste shrimp is a favorite. Plenty for a take-home box. Their all-chinese chef crew as well as their 14, count 'em 14 sauces are one of their secrets to their success.
The Emperor Has No Clothes.
It is laughable what this glorified Greek diner is successfully passing off (with loads of attitude) to Utahns as authentic Chinese cuisine.
All dishes were bland, similarly flavored and extremely greasy, with little distinction. Five Taste (soggy and mushy) Shrimp, Won Ton Soup and Velvet Chicken hit the palate with a thud, missing complex, delicate nuances and the clean clear flavors found in Cantonese dishes. Szechuan Pork, Shrimp and Orange Beef were completely void of any 'la ma', Mandarin for numbing heat essential in these specialties. Crispy Duck and Almond Chicken were not crispy, just soaked in grease. I got soaked once the bill arrived.
Excellent Food & Service. While visiting Utah (I'm from Ohio) I was taken there by friends and the service/wait staff were prompt, courteous and professional, the food was excellent and the servings were large. My friend told me they were taking me to the best Chinese food in all of SLC and they were correct. I highly recommend going there, whether as a tourist or a native Utahan. You'll love the food and the wait staff and everything they have to offer. My suggestion, ask for either Justin or Nina as your server when going there. On a scale of 1 to 10, a definite 11!!!
Citysearch Editorial Review. You'll find a crowd waiting for tables almost every night of the week. Fringed lanterns and detailed paneling on the walls create an authentic feel. White tablecloths and colorful plates add to the atmosphere. Service is friendly and efficient, even with a packed house. Gregory Skedros and family opened this restaurant in 1978 and have imported chefs from Hong Kong and San Francisco to create the expansive menu and house specials. Classics prepared in Mandarin and Szechuan styles. You'll find the basics--chicken, pork, beef and vegetables--as well as some surprises such as lamb, a reflection of the owners' Greek heritage. Order the plump, flaky egg rolls with plum sauce for a starter. Szechuan chicken noodles are pleasantly spicy and the veggies are crisp. Want a change of pace? Try the Hunan braised eggplant.
Amusement Park Lines meet Fine Dining.
Great, unique chinese food. The only downside is that they treat all their guests like cattle. Not taking reservations results in 1-2 hour waits for a table.
It would be nice if they weren't quite so greedy and took reservations.
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