In October, 200+ members of the Mar clan gathered for a family reunion in Monterey where our common ancestor first arrived from China more than 150 years ago. Dinner the first night was at Chef Lee’s Mandarin House. I’ve been to the second location in Salinas, but this was my first time at the original in Monterey. The old school Chinese carvings and décor alone made it worth a visit. No problem accommodating a group of our size, we took up a bit more than half the restaurant and had a no-host full bar set-up.
Our meal appeared to be what’s listed on the online banquet menu with an upgrade in the soup, as listed here.
For Five Persons, $72.50
San San Soup (upgrade from Sizzling Rice Soup)
Spring Rolls & Fried Prawns
Pineapple Sweet & Sour Chicken
Sauteed Happy Family
Hot Tea & Cookies
I can’t really recommend the food other than no one left hungry. But I wanted to post here for anyone who needs banquet facilities. The tab came to $20 per person, inclusive, which is quite a deal to feed us and for the use of this room for several hours for our gathering. There’s plenty of parking on site too.
Chef Lee's Mandarin House
2031 Fremont St
Monterey, CA 93940