On Wednesday night, I went to the Old Mandarin Islamic restaurant in the Outer Sunset for quick takeout. As you might expect, Old Mandarin Islamic is a Chinese restaurant with an Islamic twist. Theres no pork on the menu here, one finds lots of lamb in its stead. I expect that it is Halal establishment, but I forgot to ask. It is located in the Outer part of the Outer Sunset, at Vicente near 43rd Avenue. A small cozy family restaurant with around ten tables, the décor was different than most restaurants in the areaIslamic calligraphy but more East Asian influenced than of the Middle East. The gentleman who took my order was very polite and the cook was very quick. I think that I was in and out in less than 8 minutes.
I ordered the De Zhou style chicken ($4) for appetizer and settled on the lamb with green onions ($8) and rice for my main. The appetizer was OK, but I quite enjoyed the lamb dish. The main dish comprised of lamb, green onions, dried red chilies, spices and ground peanuts (or something similar in texture). It was spicy hot, but not overwhelming.
I enjoyed my meal enough that Ill be back to try some more. Ill let you know when I do.
For those who would like delivery please note that their takeout menu says that they only deliver within three miles of the restaurant.
Old Mandarin Islamic
3132 Vicente, San Francisco