Boston Restaurant Blog -- April, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Last weekend, I didn't do much in the way of restaurants. In fact, the only restaurant I went to at all was for takeout food on Saturday night. Being that we were near the Quincy/Braintree border and were in the mood for Chinese food, I decided to swing by one of Quincy's many fine Chinese restaurants. And the place we ended up trying was Mandarin King, a small Chinese restaurant in the shadows of the old Fore River Shipyard near the Weymouth border.
Mandarin King doesn't look like much from the outside, as it is in a low, squat building in an area filled with apartments, auto shops, and fast-food joints. But the interior is rather pleasant and peaceful, with a number of tables set off to the side in a little dining room area. It seems that it is a popular place for takeout, as most of the tables were empty. I picked up the order and we were soon enjoying some really good Chinese food while watching the Sox game.
We started out with some decent vegetable dumplings that were more chunky than smooth inside (I like it better when the veggies are ground almost to a pulp, but that's just me). Then we moved on to the Americanized part of our order--an order of chicken fingers. They were pretty good, and weren't quite as greasy as they are in your typical Chinese takeout joint. Finally we dove into the main entrees; the Singapore rice noodle dish was excellent, though a bit milder than I am used to. And the pad Thai was very tasty, with delicious noodles mixed with chicken, shrimp, vegetables, and peanut sauce.
I'd say that the food at Mandarin King was satisfying overall, though I don't think it is quite up to the level of the best that Chinatown in Boston has to offer. But it is a whole lot better than your basic suburban Chinese restaurant, so I would wholeheartedly recommend checking out Mandarin King if you happen to be in the Quincy area.
For those of you looking for the address of Mandarin King, here it is: Mandarin King, 656 Washington Street, Quincy, MA 02169. The phone number is (617) 786-8889.
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