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“Quite possible the best Chinese ever” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mandarim

Mandarim
Av. Dr. Stanley Ho, Lisbon 2765-237, Portugal
214 667 270
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Ranked #781 of 2,363 Restaurants in Lisbon
Price range: $15 - $150
Cuisines: Chinese, Delicatessen
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Houston, Texas
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“Quite possible the best Chinese ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is the best Chinese restaurant that I have ever been to - bar none!

I first came here eons ago when it opened because it was deemed to be the best Chinese in town. Not a big surprise considering that its billionaire owner Dr. Stanley Ho brought in a chef from Hong Kong to run it. Whether or not that particular chef remains I do not know, but the dishes are as tasty now as back then. The Dim-Sum lunch is probably my favorite!

What make this restaurant particularly enjoyable, at least for me, is that it is impeccably clean, tastefully decorated and the staff is super friendly and efficient.
And while I am not trying to bash other Chinese restaurants, I have some serious concerns as to the hygiene and decor of some.

The prices are not all that bad, actually quite reasonable when you consider the caliber of the place.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lisbon, Portugal
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Chinese Restaurant in Portugal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Definitely the best chinese food restaurant you'll find in Portugal. This restaurant, under the casino is glamorous and the food is very good.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Do not expect authentic Chinese cuisine”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Lovely décor: quite an elegant setting. Menu is extensive. Fresh fish and lobsters etc. by the gram and is expensive. Rest of the menu is reasonable considering such an upscale setting. Tried this venue on 2 occasions and came away very disappointed. If you are desperate for Chinese food this will do. But do not expect terrific authentic cuisine.

Visited October 2013
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“Poor service, expensive mediocre food.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Starters were fine, we were seated outside when main course was brought iut from kit hen it was left sitting on a middle table for 5 minutes before being brought to out table, the other waiter was taking and delivering drinks orders to other tables and continually walked by our food. When it arrived our food was cold and my main course was wrong! Could not recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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“DON'T LOSE YOUR CASH IN THE CASINO - DROP BY THE CHINESE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Said by the guidebook to be the best Chinese restaurant in Portugal, we were tempted to try it and weren’t disappointed. The surroundings were rich, the seats were comfortable, the service was attentive yet unobtrusive, the food was good - especially its presentation, and the price seemed reasonable. Whether it beats any other Chinese restaurant in Portugal is hard to say, but we enjoyed it – and the dancing illuminated fountains made it an evening to remember.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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