I got a call from Martin and Jing just as I was making breakfast, and before we knew what had hit us, I'd picked up CH Addict who in turn rallied David and Leslie to meet us out at the Old Mandarin for a feast.
Not every dish was as good as the dumplings or flour balls, but I was still struck by how tasty and unusual the dishes at the Old Mandarin are.
-beef pie Peking style
-five spice beef appetizer
-boiled and fried chicken de zhou style (also a cold appetizer)
-green onion pancake
-a warm pot of sour green sliced fish with bean threads
-"flour balls" three ways
-West Lake lamb dumplings
-barely stir-fried matchstick potatoes with chiles
-and #29, the famous dish that's so hot it will kill you (still my favorite, and especially good on the green onion pancake)
We also enjoyed an order of fried donuts filled with red bean paste, which were delectable. A vegetable pie Peking style went by and looked tempting for a return visit.
Lots of leftovers. Very convivial atmosphere, including Martin proudly passing around photos of his loaves of bread on a PDA. Total came to $93 plus tip for six adults and one little girl.
The owner proudly showed us a postcard that they will be featured on this week's Check, Please on 3/23.