My wife and I went to Mandopop at Oriental Residence Bangkok for dinner and it turned out to be a wonderful evening! To share my dining experience, I wrote to Trip Advisor to set up Mandopop for reviews. Here is the 1st review.
The restaurant is located next to Oriental Residence's porte cochere. This gives it a vantage view of busy Wireless Road and All Seasons Place across the road as well as the landscaped courtyard next to the main driveway. The view was particularly nice in the evening we dined there as it was raining.
The restaurant is well decorated in modern contemporary designs and a drastic departure from the usual red colours with dragon and phoenix motifs found in most other Chinese restaurants. The darkened ambience is almost lounge-like, great for intimate dinners, whether formal or casual. Unlike the bright interiors of most Chinese restaurants, the subdued lighting provided a heightened sense of taste to enjoy the Chinese fusion cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Adrian Chua and his team of chefs.
The restaurant is over 2 levels with the private dining rooms on the 2nd floor accessed by a feature circular staircase. The main dining area has a double-void high ceiling. There is a variety of seating options. At the bar counter, one can enjoy the comfortable chairs (not bar stools) for drinks as well as food. In the main dining area on a raised platform, 4-pax tables provide ample tabletop space for dishes and the tables can be positioned together for larger groups. Along the glass-panelled walls fronting Wireless Road and landscaped courtyard, there are high tables and high chairs for a more casual dining experience. Also, there is a lovers' corner where couples and a small family can dine in privacy behind sheer drapes.
We ordered tim sum appetizers of steamed dumplings with spinach skin, siew mai and radish cake. It was a pleasant surprise to find tim sum for dinner but as Adrian explained, many guests are too busy in the daytime to enjoy tim sum, and tim sum is a well-accepted Chinese cuisine and great as appetizers. The tim sum were served hot, a hallmark of a good Chinese restaurant. We enjoyed the crunchy freshness of prawns and meat in the tim sum. We wanted to order more tim sum but that has to wait for another visit!
We ordered tenderloin beef, steamed garoupa fillet, and stir-fried vegetables with tofu. The beef cubes were tender and great tasting with each bite when accompanied with steamed rice. The fillet was fresh and the seasoning did not overwhelm the sweetness of the fish. The ordinary tofu turned out to be exceptional and refined, and has to be eaten to be understood!
Mandopop has an ongoing happy hour promotion for reds and whites at an exceptional value of Bt 99 per glass. Needless to say, we accompanied our dinner with white wine.
We rounded up our wonderful dinner with home-made asparagus ice cream, and traditional Chinese dessert of taro with gingko nuts.
Prices are reasonable, although not cheap nor expensive, for the dining ambience and high quality cuisine.
Throughout our dinner, the staff were attentive without being intrusive. They were friendly and spoke English, introducing the dishes or enquiring about our responses or just engaging us with casual conversations and light-hearted moments. Towards the end of our dinner, Adrian did his rounds to meet his diners. We were pleasantly surprised that he is a Singaporean and we enjoyed our chats about good food.
Recently opened, Mandopop is off to a great start and if the quality of food continues to be as good as what we had enjoyed, the restaurant will surely set a new benchmark for Chinese cuisine.
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