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Need recommendation for Chinese Restaurant in Brookline/West Roxbury

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sabchen Nov 17, 2011 10:46 AM

Any recommendations for authentic Chinese food in the South Brookline/West Roxbury area? I need a place that can accommodate about 30 people and has nice decor. It's for a luncheon after a memorial service. And we're Chinese so the food needs to be good.

A quick search on Yelp suggested Mandarin Gourmet. Any thoughts?

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Mandarin Gourmet
Brookline, MA, Brookline, MA

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    Berheenia Nov 20, 2011 08:26 AM

    Just over the line in the Chestnut Hill Mall is Bernard's. Always busy with Asian and non-asian groups.

    1. L2k Nov 18, 2011 02:47 PM

      In Brookline, I always rely on Ho Sai Gai and China Sails!

      :)

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        CookieLee Nov 18, 2011 04:19 PM

        Oh man, China Sails! They had the BEST spare ribs!

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        sabchen Nov 17, 2011 07:09 PM

        Thanks, everybody! I decided to expand my search to include Allston so that we could go to Jo Jo Taipei. My family is Taiwanese and I think driving a little to get good Taiwanese food will be worth it.

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        JoJo Tai Pei Restaurant
        103 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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          lergnom Nov 17, 2011 08:08 PM

          If you drive to Allston, add Shanghai Gate to your list.

          If you like real Chinese food - of any region - you won't like any of the suburban restaurants mentioned. I have had food from all. They are what they are.

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          Shanghai Gate
          204 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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            Allstonian Nov 18, 2011 09:16 AM

            Please note that both Jo Jo Taipei and Shanghai Gate are rather small restaurants. You should definitely call ahead to see if they can even accommodate a party of 30.

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            StriperGuy Nov 18, 2011 08:50 AM

            Jo Jo Taipei is superb.

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            JoJo Tai Pei Restaurant
            103 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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              Science Chick Nov 18, 2011 12:10 PM

              I'm with you, StriperGuy!

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            skordalia Nov 17, 2011 03:30 PM

            Mandarin Gourmet is a perfectly fine choice for what you're looking for- it's not the greatest food in the world (far from it), but it's decent and it meets all the other requirements. It's not the nicest decor either but it's about par for the course for a suburban chinese restaurant. and it will fit a party of that size. and it's in exactly the right location. I would not go to any of the sichuan places for an event like this.

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            Mandarin Gourmet
            Brookline, MA, Brookline, MA

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              skordalia Nov 17, 2011 03:44 PM

              also- even though most of what they serve is standard suburban chinese-american, the people who run MG seem very competent and professional, and I bet if you asked them to do something to your specifications, they would do it.

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                C. Hamster Nov 18, 2011 08:15 AM

                I have to repectfully disagree.

                In our experince Mandarin garden has gone from being acceptable to being awful.

                Our most recent (and final) take-out experience from there (Sept.) was gruesome and went into the garbage uneaten.

                I have only had delivery from JoJo but it was very good.

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                  skordalia Nov 18, 2011 09:55 AM

                  that's unfortunate... I guess it has been a while since I've been there...

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                    C. Hamster Nov 18, 2011 10:05 AM

                    I know since its convenient to my relatives. They are fans of crappy oversauced "suburban chinese" but even they said it stunk.

                    And come to think of it, the people were unfriendly, too last time. Maybe it changed hands?

              2. C. Hamster Nov 17, 2011 11:29 AM

                Mandarin Gourmet is not good. I'd definitely recommend against that place.

                Sichuan Garden is decent but I'm not sure about the 30 people.

                Sichuan Gourmet can be hit or miss but is big enough.

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                Sichuan Garden
                295 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

                Mandarin Gourmet
                Brookline, MA, Brookline, MA

                Sichuan Gourmet
                388 S Main St, Sharon, MA 02067

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                  teezeetoo Nov 17, 2011 01:13 PM

                  Joyful Garden on Soldier's Field Road is not very far and is very good. Check their menu and the reviews on this board.

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                  Joyful Garden
                  1234 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA 02135

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                    cherrytomato Nov 18, 2011 03:04 PM

                    Good to know. I have driven past it a million times yet had no idea if it was good. The menu looks really good! Thanks.

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                      peregrine Nov 18, 2011 04:25 PM

                      About a dozen of us had their special seafood banquet and loved every bite. They also have an excellent selection of seafood on their regular menu.

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                      KWagle Nov 20, 2011 02:07 AM

                      Huh. I've never had a bad Sichuan meal at any of the "Sichuan Gourmet" locations, though I find the Billerica one to be only okay. The others have always ranged from very good to great.

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                      drb Nov 17, 2011 11:23 AM

                      Mandarin Gourmet is suburban Chinese, not bad for what it is, but not authentic. Of the two others, Sichuan Garden is closest to West Rox.

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                      Mandarin Gourmet
                      1020 W Roxbury Pkwy, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

                      Sichuan Garden
                      295 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

                      1. StriperGuy Nov 17, 2011 11:04 AM

                        http://www.laosichuan.com/

                        Sichuan Garden
                        295 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445
                        (617) 734-1870 ‎

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                        Sichuan Garden
                        295 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

                        1. Prav Nov 17, 2011 10:57 AM

                          Sichuan Gourmet in Brookline is good for Sichuan: http://www.laosichuan.com/

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                          Sichuan Gourmet
                          1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

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