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Continuing on our Quest as we go back in time (Cue the biblical music. Think “10 Commandments”.), we waited a very long time, way more than 40 days and 40 nights, as the ark, err, “O Mandarin” was built. Shortly after completion, we entered two-by-two through their massive wooden gates to sample their offerings in the galley, err, dining area. O Mandarin is located at 600 W Old Country Rd. Hicksville, NY 11801. O Mandarin’s sister restaurant is in Hartsdale, NY, which has gotten rave reviews and long lines for years.
All of the wood, and some of the chefs and waiters, were imported from China. Meticulous care and expert craftsmanship built what can only be described as a sanctuary for authentic Chinese food. Mere photographs cannot capture the grandeur of the restaurant, it’s a sight that can only be truly appreciated in person.
Such attention to detail. Just look at the detailed embroidery on the check holder.
The Rest of the Story
Lest you think I may have lost my mind in the opening paragraphs, and I may have because reality is often much more bizarre than fiction, those references were planted there not only for the wood (no pun intended), but also because our waiter and server this evening were Noah, and Moses. I kid you not. You can’t make stuff like this up!
We were treated royally as we were seated in a private booth. Perhaps they just wanted to segregate us from the other diners as we can get a little boisterous at times. Just boys being boys. We’ll never grow up!
But, was their food up to snuff?
Let’s take a look at some of the dishes we ordered:
Emporer Grilled Lamb – Just delicious. The flavor was so perfect, and the lamb was delicious. Highly recommended.
Pepper Chicken – Another excellent entree. The portions of all the dishes were a little skimpy. We barely had enough to make it around the table.
Fish Filet with Rice in White Wine Sauce – This was my favorite dish, but there’s not a lot of fish served, which is a shame because this fish just melted in your mouth and played so nicely with my palate. More, please!
Vegetable Wok Fried String Beans – It’s hard to find a Chinese vegetable dish that isn’t good. And this dish did not disappoint. I love the crisp snap when you bite into these string beans, and the flavor was oh-so-good!
Tea Smoked Duck Fried Rice – I was a little disappointed by the duck. It was drier than I expected. Perhaps that’s to be expected when it’s “tea smoked”.
After we paid the bill, we had a few moments to check out the rest of the restaurant. We found the hugest King Crab we ever saw. Noah said it was $900.00 to order (I assume that included cooking), and for good luck, we each rubbed Buddha’s belly.
It should be noted that O Mandarin missed out on achieving “Above Average” by a mere 41/1000’s of a point. I would give them the benefit of the doubt and rate it as such.
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)