Mandalay Lounge and Steakhouse
3900 Bayview St, Richmond, BC | Tel: 604-628-2500
Cash and cards accepted. Vegetarian options available
By Lindsay Anderson
Special to The Post
My plan was to head out in a boat with Steveston Eco-Tours and see Sea Lions.
Unfortunately, some rogue morning waves cancelled the trip, and while that was disappointing, I was grateful to be spared the seasickness.
The day might have been windy, but it was also spectacularly sunny, and I was glad to be in Steveston. I worked on my computer at Rocanini for a while, then walked over to get lunch at Mandalay Lounge and Steakhouse, sister restaurant to Hog Shack.
Mandalay is located right on the water, so I enjoyed this view while I dined.
There was only one server taking care of the chill, South-Asian-styled restaurant – a multi-tasking superwoman named Jennifer. She was brighter than the sun, and one of my favourite servers in Richmond to date.
The lunch menu at Mandalay included appetizers, various ‘Express’ noodle and rice bowls, a few entrees, and desserts. Their drink list was extensive, with martinis, cocktails, shared pitchers, specialty beers, wines, spirits, and more.
I wanted a filling but lighter meal, so I ordered the small Triple Berry salad, ($7) crab cakes ($8), and 4 chicken satay skewers ($8).
The chicken skewers were barbequed and tasted like summer.
They came with crushed peanuts, peanut sauce, and kecap manis – which is a sweet Indonesian soy sauce that I absolutely love.
The crab cakes were drizzled with sweet chili sauce and lychee yogurt. They were decent, though I thought the crab mixture could have used more seasoning.
The salad was an interesting mix of greens, sliced almonds, pickled ginger, deep-fried yam chips, strawberries, and cherry tomatoes, tossed together in a berry dressing. I found the tomatoes to be altogether unnecessary, but the rest of the salad was tasty.
The ginger was a nice touch, and the crispy yam chips tasted like smaller versions of the ones I bought at the Steveston Winter Farmers Market last month, and I wanted more. More!
I’d suggest stopping into Mandalay Lounge for a drink or two, some shared food, and a view that’s bound to deliver a spectacular sunset.
Lindsay Anderson is dining out at 365 Richmond eateries in 365 days for Tourism Richmond. The Asian Pacific Post is featuring excerpts from her blog each week. See www.365daysofdining.com
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