If EastEnders had a Chinese restaurant, it would be the Mandarin Palace. Clichéd Chinese motifs – jade-green ceramic screens, vases, dark woods and pretty lanterns – fill the restaurant, and there’s even a (spotlessly clean) carpet underfoot, all of which makes the space feel comfortable and homely. It’s a feeling heightened by the friendly staff, who chat and gossip with the numerous regulars.
And the food is a delight. Set menus, including the likes of steamed fresh scallops and baked lobster, are tempting, as are dishes such as hotpot with jellyfish and crispy eel with honey sauce, but we visited on a Sunday, so opted for a mix of dim sum and main courses. Dim sum portions were generous, and included light-as-air cha siu bao, and plump, delicious har gau and siu mai. A plate of three mixed meats was tasty and plentiful. Vegetables are pricey, starting around £7, but are offset by distinctly good value in other dishes – the dim sum, in particular, is cheaper than in most West End restaurants, and served with a laid-back air that you rarely find in frantic Chinatown counterparts.
|Venue name:||Mandarin Palace||Contact:|
559-561 Cranbrook Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3.30pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 6-11.30pm Mon-Thur; 6pm-midnight Fri, Sat. Meals served noon-11.30pm Sun. Dim sum served noon-3.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Gants Hill tube|
|Price:||Main courses £8.50-£30. Dim sum £2.50-£4.50. Set meal £24 per person (minimum 2); £29 per person (minimum 4)|
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Great local Chinese restaurant serving authentic Chinese food including dim sum. There are always lots of Chinese customers in here, which must be a good sign. Make sure you order a dish of the specials menu for an authentic Chinese dish. The roasted meats are also particularly good.
Wow! the dim sum here was amazing. I have lived in the area for while and can't believe this was the first time I had been here. Only issue was that we had to wait 10 minutes for our table, but well worth it.
I went on the Saturday with friends from the area for lunch. The restaurant was full of Chinese, which couldn't have been a bad start. We ordered a variety of dim sum, and all were deliciously fresh and paired nicely with various dipping sauces. Highly recommended as one of the best dim sum places I've been to in and around London.
I would rather pay a bit more for quality than peanuts for rubbish. This restaurant has stood the test of time and has been there for over 30 years. They must be doing something right as the place is usually packed with Chinese.......A good sign..
The one thing not mentioned, which I think is vital,is expect to pay West End prices - the food is decent, but not at that price - way too over priced.