The restaurant is quite visually appealing from the inside and outside. Wooden framed accordion style windows are open for air circulation purposes, but it was still very hot inside on this warm day. My legs felt wet from the sweat running down them and I was afraid I would become stuck to the wooden chair.
The friendly waitress took our orders and seemed to be in a rush to finish cleaning the floor, although we were the only ones in the restaurant at the time. We ordered the plain mixed vegetables, crispy skin duck and fried fish fillet with vegetables.
The serving sizes here are very big, so if there are only two of you, I would recommend ordering only two dishes...or even one to share!
Plain mixed vegetables, $11.80. They were nice, nothing special.
I did not take a picture of the fish with vegetables. It was pretty much the above plain mixed vegetables, with fish. I was expecting a fillet of fish...instead it was little pieces of fish with vegetables.
Crispy skin duck, $17.80ish
I am no expert when it comes to crispy duck; I have had it only once before. However, the crispy duck I had previously was juicy and tender. This duck was dry inside and the skin was so crispy that there were parts I could not eat as they were so hard.
We did not finish all the food we ordered as we needed to save room for ice cream. On a hot day, ice cream is very important. When the waitress gave us our bill she also gave us a take away container for the leftovers, which was good, as I forgot to ask for a container. The meal with the 25% Entertainment Book voucher was $33 in total. Not too bad for the amount of food we received. Though I thought charging $0.50 for water was a bit cheap. Water does not cost anything!
Gelatissimo, also on Gouger Street
Also in the Entrainment Book is a voucher for a buy one get one free gelato at Gelatissimo, just a short walk from Mandarin House:) My grandma and I ordered a chocolate truffle and vanilla ice cream. I had the vanilla, it was quite good but not the best I have tasted. That Weis vanilla from the supermarket is still superior; it is surprisingly good for a supermarket ice cream!
Mmmm vanilla gelato in a crunchy cone
A question: 'Would I return to the Mandarin House or Gelaissimo without an Entertainment Book offer?'
Mandarin House: No, unless someone else was paying for my meal. There was nothing special about the meal. It filled me up. That is all. I would rather go to yum cha for some tasty chicken feet.
Gelatissimo: I enjoyed the gelato, it was very good. My grandma enjoyed hers too. But, I do not eat a lot of ice cream and never by myself. So, if someone else wanted ice cream as well, yes, I would return.
What you need to know:
Where: 47 Gouger Street, Adelaide
When: Unknown...lunch at least
Other:Go to the markets after your lunch Weee:)Website <-Unknown
Where: 101 Gouger Street, Adelaide
Other: Both indoor and outdoor seating availableWebsite <-Click
**All dining/product reviews are based on my experience at the time of dining/consumption.