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“The best XLB/Soup Dumplings on this coast” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sakura Mandarin

Sakura Mandarin
1038 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2306 (City Center East)
215-873-8338
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Ranked #575 of 3,843 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Cuisines: Chinese
Neighborhood: City Center East
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Neighborhood: City Center East
Reisterstown, Maryland
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95 reviews 95 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“The best XLB/Soup Dumplings on this coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I can't believe I forgot to place a review about this wonderful place we've visited couple of months ago. But here it is:

The BEST place for XLB / Soup Dumplings in Philly's Downtown. Better then "famous" Joe Shanghai's and many other places we've tried in NY (the only two exceptions that stand on the same level or higher than SM is Shanghai Asian Manor in NY and Yank Sing in SF). And I hardly can compare the other venue we've tried XLB in Philly (which is Dim Sum Garden) because it was so dirty and awful that don't let me even start with it.
In short - the food is wonderful, the service is friendly and mostly attentive, the ambiance is nice, cozy and most importantly CLEAN (even the bathroom which is rare case in Chinese restaurants).
So go there, enjoy and you'll thank me later : ).

  • Visited January 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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Reisterstown, Maryland
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95 reviews 95 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“One of the best soup dumplings places”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We travel extensively and love authentic Asian food. So according to our many, many experiences this place ranks as one of the best for soup dumplings. + Their service is amazingly good for a Chinese restaurant. Seeing mostly Asian clientele there we assume that the rest of the menu is good too. There is NO COMPARING the quality of the food, ambiance and service with another Philly place for soup dumplings called Dim Sum Garden. If you don't want to waste your money we recommend to go strait to Sakura.

  • Visited January 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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Miramar Beach FL.
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“Best place in Chinatown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

We are lovers of Chinese food, this is a different mixture of taste the best Chinese food we ever tried, traditional spices like ginger provides unique taste, I recommend this place if you are in philladelphia.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

We stopped in on a Saturday night, the wait was short and worthwhile. The food and service were fantastic. The restaurant is very clean and friendly...it will be a regular stop when I am in Philly.

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Hadley, New York, United States
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“Authentic as can be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Ate here twice on my trip to Philly. When you look in the window and you see it filled with Chinese customers, you know you have the right place. When seated a pot of tea is promptly placed in front of you. Wait staff has no trouble with English and the food is excellent and priced very reasonably. This isn't a fancy place, it's just a place to get great service and great food.

Visited September 2012
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