Went to Wing Hop Fung Saturday night to pick up some decorations for Lunar New Year. To my great dismay---I have jury duty in another week---our long time family favorite, Mandarin Deli, had bit the dust. The space was in the process of being ripped out so I guess they didn't leave yesterday but perhaps the end of January.
Boo hoo RATS said the elder pup.
Poor Kid! This is the third of his favorite restaurants he has lost in the last six months starting with the demise of Homestyle on Valley followed by the departure of Sam Woos from the 99 Ranch mall and now this.
Did anyone see this coming? Do you have a tale of the later days? My spouse tells me he felt Mandarin Deli was declining and that perhaps the kids just didn't want to be in the business. I have to say, the quality of the last scallion pancakes was lacking [too oily in a not good way and decidedly overcooked] though the fish dumplings remained delightful.
What is the designated successor? Sadly, I feel a shortage of good northern style chinese coming my way. We tried a place called "Mamas" on Garvey last night but it just wasn't up to the traditional Mandarin Deli standard nor was it nearly as nice as Homestyle [special house fried noodles interesting with rice noodles and mixture of veg but oily, zhajiangmien a bit spicy in a nice way, dumplings w/ thick wrapper but not enough salt in the filling so difficult to determine which flavor was which].
Not to mention, where the heck I'm going to eat for jury duty? Worse yet, I have a cold and am in dire need of soup. Some of my favorite sick soup came from Mandarin deli--the beef with spinach and slightly spicy broth and homemade noodles.