Mandarin Garden Restaurant @ Yelp Without Borders 2019

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Over the past five years of Yelp Without Borders events have raised over $10,000 for the Institute, and one only needs to attend to see why this event has been so successful.

Authentic Asian restaurant at affordable prices

Finally.  There is a restaurant in Western New York where you can dine-in, affordably, at a quality Asian restaurant.

Sure there are scores of local Chinese restaurants. Most of their business is take out or buffet where taff loads up food in wells on steam tables, cheap, piled high, larded with MSG and for the most part indistinguishable one from another.

Now we have a local, authentic Asian restaurant where you can eat Chinese not off a buffet table, or 30 minutes cooled out of a takeout container, but cooked to order, served fresh, perfectly spiced, fresh from the high temperature wok [ it’s the high heat that gives food that indescribable, flavorful edge known as “wok hay.”]

The place is the Mandarin Garden at 1400 Niagara Falls Blvd. near the Boulevard Mall in the Town of Tonawanda.

You walk in these doors and leave Western New York behind, transported to a land where attention to exquisite manners, ambience, Feng Shiu, carefully chosen music, pleasing aromas, colors, lighting, and the culinary art is expertly combined.

At Mandarin Garden, attention is given to the finest points of preparation – carefully ground spices, the choicest selection of tender meats, beyond-fresh fish and vegetables that seem to come out of a green market.

Whether it is crispy chicken, luxurious shrimp, or twice cooked pork, whether it is comfort food (think General Tso’s chicken and orange beef), or distinctly Chinese fiery Sichuan and or Hunan moo shoo pork, a lot of credit goes to Chef Zhi Liang Guang. 

Guang was executive chef for the famous Lee’s Restaurant in New York City prior to coming to Western New York where Mandarin Garden Restaurant owner Chao Yue Lee procured his services.

At Mandarin Garden, prices are deliciously low. Combo lunches run from 5.95. Full dinners are great deals too: Chicken with Broccoli 8.50; Shrimp with Mixed Vegetable 11.95; Hunan Beef 9.50; Mixed Vegetable with Bean Curd 8.00; Orange Chicken 12.00.

All come with a choice of white or fried rice or brown rice too.

Mandarin Garden is casual and elegant at the same time. It offers modern Chinese as well as traditional dishes prepared as they would be if you were dining in China tonight.

四川回锅肉 Double Cooked Pork 7.95;

铁板牛仔骨 Pepper Short Rib in Hot Plate 15.95;

糖醋鱼片 Sweet and Sour Sliced Fish 11.00;

椰子虾豆 Coconut Shrimp 13.95;

尖椒花蛤 Stir-fried Spicy Clam 11.95

Mandarin Garden is a place for business meetings, or special date, for children and their parents and grandparents – for family is something highly honored in Chinese culture.

Mostly what sets it apart is the food. At Mandarin Garden they take time to assemble the finest ingredients and time to prepare it.

“It is all about the cooking time and temperature, “ owner Chao Yeu Lee said. “A lot of Asian dishes are served at a certain temperature. Temperature is very important to bring the flavor out. The minute we have it ready we bring it out and that’s how you experience a meal prepared as it should be in Chinese tradition.”

Another thing that sets Mandarin Garden apart is its extensive menu. Mandarin Garden offers Thai, Vietnamese and authentic cuisine from all parts of China.

Most local restaurants serve mainly Americanized dishes such as sesame chicken, pepper steak, and General Tso’s chicken [which Mandarin Garden also serves fresh and tasty] Mandarin Garden also has stir fry pea shoots, Sichuan style beef, Chong Qing chicken, braised pork, bitter melon with eggs or shredded pork with garlic sauce.

In addition, sauces are made specially by Chef Guang: Brown sauce, black bean, Sichuan, Hunan, white sauce.  On some meals Guang makes the sauce as he cooks the meal capturing authentic juices further flavoring the dish.

The Mandarin Garden also has a great selection of noodle entrees – PHO, Pad Thai, mei fun, udon, chow fun – soups, vegetable plates, and specialties like fresh spring roll, fried calamari & crab meat Rangoon.

The Mandarin Garden is a 72 seat casual-dining restaurant focusing on modern and authentic Asian cuisines. The menu demands repeat visits. Hours of Operation 7 days a week 11 to 10 Sunday through Thursday, 11-11 Friday and Saturday.

Celebrating three years in business

Mandarin Garden Restaurant celebrates 3 year anniversary on July 27th!!!!!! Three years ago we opened our doors at 1400 Niagara Falls Blvd and offered western New York cooked to order, served fresh, and perfectly spiced modern and traditional Asian cuisines (Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai). With well over 100+ menu selections from Chong Qing Spicy Chicken, Boiled Fish in Chili Sauce to tender Sesame Chicken, we have something on the menu for everyone. In celebration of this momentous occasion, we are kicking off Customer Appreciation week on 7/26 & 7/27: Get 20% off your total bill when you Share this post on social media platforms (Facebook, Google+ or Linkedin). Good for Dine In, and Take Out (Can’t combine with other offer). Help us celebrate our three years of business by enjoying some amazing food at a great discount!

Casual Dining Restaurant

Mandarin Garden Restaurant is a 72 seat casual-dining restaurant. We focus on modern and authentic Asian cuisines. Our menu is inspired from different countries’ specialties and appeal to a diverse clientele. You can get modern specialties like Sesame Chicken, Moo Goo Gai Pan, and Pepper Steak, or you can go a little bit more Authentic and choose Chong Qing Chicken, Braised Pork, or Bitter Mellon with Eggs. We also have a great selection of noodle entrees every day plus daily Luncheon specials served with rice and soup or egg roll.

Mandarin Garden Restaurant Team

Zhi Liang Guang | Executive Chef

Prior to Mandarin Garden Restaurant, Zhi Liang spent 10+ years serving as an executive chef for Lees Restaurant in New York City. He brings a blend of modern and classic asian cuisines to Buffalo.

Kristy Lee | Manager

Kristy holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Stoney Brook College. Prior to Mandarin Garden Restaurant, she managed China Dragon and New Chinatown restaurants.