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Nov 27, 2010 10:32 AM

Mandarin Kitchen Dim Sum: LOUSY

and trust me, I am not a picky eater. totally unimpressive. a lot of the stuff was mushy or just very mediocre. A waste of time and money.

Mandarin Kitchen
8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

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  1. What?! That's not good to hear. Where the heck are we supposed to get dim sum if MK is bad now? Crossing my fingers that you're experience is a fluke...... cause I'm not going to start searching for a new dim sum place.

    1. I was there this morning -- 10 a.m. on the dot. Thought it was as amazing as ever. They were running the carts and trays out frequently, so there was a constant supply of fresh dim sum. Nothing mushy or mediocre in what we ordered

      1. Great dim sum in the Twin Cities is a problem. The area is too vast (and car dependent) and the Chinese population too thin to support it. Best dim sum today is not cart driven but freshly made. Yangtze in St. Louis Park is your best bet (and it is carts!)

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        1. re: scoopG

          Great Chinese food in the Twin Cities is a problem, now, it seems. I miss the old Mandarin Kitchen. I was going to check out the Yangtze but after looking at their menu online, well... Vegetarian Mock Duck at 12.95? Are they kidding? They're not even NEAR Uptown, what's up with those prices? Oh well.

        2. So do we have more than one data point here? Every kitchen can have an off day.

          I'll consider writing off MK if a bunch of people over several weeks point out bad visits.

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          1. re: steve_in_stpaul

            dim sum places dont have off days. it really sucked. i would never go back. it was totally Unenjoyable.

            1. re: MarkG

              I was just looking for average dim sum. this wasnt even average. I guess when you have a near monopoly on the local dim sum business, the quality plummets

          2. Sometime in the last 5 years (my memory is bad on the exact date), Mandarin Kitchen seems to have undergone a change of ownership. It hasn't been the same (read nearly as good) since.

            Mandarin Kitchen
            8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

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            1. re: JimGrinsfelder

              Completely agree; Mandarin Kitchen seemed to have much better food a few years ago. Went there twice in a the past couple of months and both times have been disappointed (especially after the 45 minute wait). I'll admit that I tried Thom Pham's new(ish) restaurant downtown a month ago for its dim sum menu and was pleasantly surprised. Probably the best pork bun I've had in MPLS area.

              Mandarin Kitchen
              8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

              1. re: chic11gal

                Which dim sum dish didn't you like? I had dim sum there just three weekends ago and everything tasted pretty good - like they always did. Can't tell from the post which dish is the problem?

                1. re: discus

                  it was all a problem. well below average