Who's been to the new Fatima?
Drove by the new location of Fatima, tucked in between Marina Food and Target shopping centers, where Canton Delights used to be. Much nicer digs than the old place. Unfortunately, it was closed between lunch and dinner and we ended up at TK Noodle around the corner instead.
The menu of Islamic Chinese dishes looks much the same as before. Who's tried the new place?
10125 Bandley Dr.
Daily 11am to 2:30pm
Mon-Sat 5pm to 9:30pm
Fatima fire -
Answering my own question . . . William and I had dinner with our dad at the new Fatima location in June. We stuck with our usuals: three flavor knife-shaved noodles, lamb and pickled cabbage soup, and sesame bread, and were happy with them. We tried the cold xiao chi, spicy beef tripe, a mistake. This had an inordinate amount of sauce, luckily served to the side so easy to avoid most of it, and the tripe was hard and tough.
For Sunday early dinner time, we didn't have the usual long wait for the bread. It came out within 5 minutes of our order, maybe they have them fired up and ready to go at busy times. The bread was hot and freshly baked. It could have used a little more salt, but if our cold appetizer had been up to par to accompany it, I probably wouldn't have noticed. Amazing amount of fragrant, toasty sesame seed, solidly crusted on each side. We polished off the noodles in no time flat, very dense and chewy. And, the lamb and pickled cabbage soup was once again more than we could finish, and a refreshing counterpoint with its perfect balance of tart kraut against the gamey mutton.
Image of spicy beef tripe, lamb and pickled cabbage soup, and sesame bread -
10125 Bandley Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014
I would give the nod to Fatima for more consistent quality, greater variety, better service, and now it's in a quite attractive space with a parking lot. Here's my old post on the late San Mateo location, http://www.chowhound.com/topics/25096 . Old Mandarin has a more rough-hewn, spicier, streety style of cooking, and Beijing-style specialties.
I like both (based on the old San Mateo Fatima) but the food's pretty different.
Old Mandarin's do-it-yourself Peking hot pot is great, but they do not make bread or noodles, and I don't care for their gnocchi-like "stirred flour ball" dumplings. Their lamb warm pot might be better than Fatima's (where it seems to be the house specialty), but I really crave bread with that dish.