Restaurants & Bars

Yuma Chinese and Other Asian Restaurants

Ed Dibble | Jun 6, 200801:44 PM

Not a whole lot has changed since my last posting on this subject, so please, start by looking over this post:


I would add that the last couple of times I've had the pad thai at Hwy 95 it wasn't as outstanding as it has been in the past. Perhaps it varies depending on who is cooking. I recently tried the thai rice noodle dish and it was pretty good. Hwy 95 serves no beer or wine and does not allow customers to bring their own.

Even though it has no ambience (at least no positive ambience) Yummy-Yummy is still my personal favorite. As I said before, many dishes on the menu (and even some of the $3.95 lunch specials) are very good. This is also the best place for Chinese veggies (always ask what they have for Chinese vegetables). A special treat are greens or long beans in foo-yee sauce (a pungent fermented bean curd and garlic sauce). Baby bok choi is also common, and I like it with Chinese sausage or bbq pork. On occasion, I have had pea pods, bitter melon, on choi, yu choi and other specials. With a day or two advanced notice, all kinds of vegetable treats can be available (376-0419). Over the years, I have established a relationship with Mary, the proprietor, so that she will prepare veggies that I find at L&P or over in San Diego. Also, as a regular customer, I and friends will have small feasts in the restaurant where we are allowed to bring wine. It may take a while for Mary and her family to get comfortable with you, but if you show genuine interest in the cuisine (and tell her that ed sent you), you can soon be eating more authentic Cantonese food here than you probably have elsewhere.

The large, flagship Chinese restaurant in Yuma is Mandarin Palace. This is certainly the most elegant Asian restaurant in town. Recently, it was closed for remodeling, and when it reopened, the lunch buffet was smaller, but much better with fresher dishes (best during the week). But the biggest difference is no buffet now at night. The menu is extensive and dishes are usually well prepared. The trout in black bean sauce, twice cooked pork, hunan chicken, mandarin pork chop, hot pot tofu, and baby bok choi with black mushrooms have all been good. I especially like that the dishes are generally not soupy gloppy and veggies are never overcooked. This place also has a full bar. Too bad there is no wine list. A sister restaurant in Foothills, Mandarin Garden, has never served me anything memorable (at least memorable in a good way), but it has been years since I have eaten there.

India House has been struggling. I haven't eaten there as much recently because I had tried virtually all of the dishes (except beef dishes - I don't like to eat beef in Indian places) and because the buffet seemed to have gone downhill. One visit, everything seemed like leftovers, and another time, the dal was too salty to eat. But a couple of new folks to town kept praising the food they were getting there, so I recently stopped by for the lunch buffet and was pleased to find the food fresh and tasty. Perhaps they have improved the kitchen, so this place is well worth a try.

Ah So is a chain steak and sushi place in the mall. There is also a pretty good Hawaiian Barbecue there as well, but I have eaten at neither in the last nine months.

There are also some other Chinese buffets, but . . .


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