Mandarin Imperial Plaza The Mandarin

The Mandarin

Imperial Plaza
725 Kapiolani Blvd., Ste. C123 (Cooke St.)
Honolulu, HI 96813
Cuisine: Chinese / Korean
Honolulu destination for Northern Chinese food.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily


The Mandarin Restaurant Review:

The previous owner of The Mandarin was ethnically Chinese but was raised in Korea, so many diners come for the Northern Chinese/Korean-inspired dishes. This is particularly true in the case of the za jang men, wheat noodles in a thick black bean paste with bits of beef and lots of onion. More standard fare is available as well. For dessert, there are hot glazed apples: crisp apples are battered and deep-fried, then coated in a hot glaze of sugar and sesame seeds and plunged into an ice water bath. One bite of the crunchy candy coating yields to sweet hot apples.