Been here a few times to sit in for food with friends. Loved it. And there is parking for your car round the back. :-)
The Mandarin has taken quite a significant knock since the opening of buffet joint Huplee just up the road. It used to be the most popular place to eat out in Motherwell, and was renowned for it's above average Chinese fair.
The interior is lovely and modern, with a bar, restaurant and sitting area where you can wait for takeaways (they even provide you with a bowl of Prawn crackers while you wait on your takeaway!)
It is lovely and I can see why people came here loyally for all those years.
The main sticking point with The Mandarin is the prices. It is pretty expensive which was justifiable because of the appeal and exclusivity of the place, but now they have serious competition from HupLee, people are just not spending the money there anymore.
The food has always been above average, and the man who owns it is absolutely lovely. They have also started doing a promotional buy one meal get another half price which shows they really are struggling. I did have one bad experience here though, but I think it was under old management. My friends and I went for a meal one night and ordered ice-cream which came out in silver dishes on plates. My friend lifted her silver dish and a woodlouse came scurrying out. Safe to say the place was a chaotic mess of screams and spilt ice-cream.
Nice enough, but needs to make some big changes if it wants to survive for much longer.
The Mandarin used to be an eating out hot spot in Motherwell, with a bit of exclusivity and fish tank pictire frames on the wall- how bruce lee film of them. Yes I used to get take away from here and even go out for a meal now and again, but it really doesn't appeal to me now the same way as it used to.
The waitresses are nice, the food is good but average range. Noce touch are the heaters that you get on your table to keep your food warm while you eat it.
There is ample parking to the rear, although people doing other things use it so sometimes it can be a bit tight.
I used to love the fish tank picture frames, but now they just seem a bit tacky, however you can evade these if you sit in the conservatory.
Bit pricey for what it is and where it is, but ok all in all
Average run of the mill chinese. A bit bland. Quite nice surroundings, it has a nice conservatory area to sit in. It is a bit expensive for what you get. The staff are nice and the place is clean enough. I would probably go elsewhere if I wanted a good meal, but it is handy if you are in a hurry.
not one of my favourite restaurants as i think it is expensive and i dont really like the food . it is bright and airy and most times you dont need to book a table, staff are a bit miserable to be honest and drinks are over priced in my humble opinion. there curry is quite nice , but there chicken and mushroom is one of the most bland disinteresting meals ive ever eaten. for the price and the look of the place i expected it to be more of anexperience that it turned out to be . wouldnt go back in a hurry even for a curry lol. dont think i would even accept a free meal here as i didnt enjoy part of the experience, hubby enjoyed his few pints though in the orchard bar which is adjacent to it.
Bland, greasy, overpriced. On the upside, great decor and fantastic staff. There is much more competition out there now mr mandarin, must do better.
overpriced average food,rude staff and very chaotic,old fashioned and needs updating,survives as there is very little competition.manager frank is a lovely man,the place will probably close down,when he retires.
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