Last week, Hubby and Little One drove down to Toronto to meet me after the P&G event I participated in. I felt a little badly that we cancelled Little One’s birthday party because I was away. Luckily for us, we were given the opportunity to celebrate at the Mandarin!
When I lived in the GTA, the Mandarin was one of my favourite restaurants. I loved the variety of different dishes that are offered. I’m mindful of food choices and portion sizes, and find that at the Mandarin you can eat some delicious dishes and still make healthy choices. The salad bar and soup section are great! I love the vegetable dishes and the sushi section too! Of course, there are the seafood, beef, chicken and pork dishes too. Little One loves the noodles and surprised everyone by her rib eating skills.
We dined at the Mandarin’s newly renovated Markham location – Mandarin Markham location located at 7660 Woodbine Avenue (Woodbine/Steeles). The establishment itself is stunning. They have six dining rooms, each with their own theme. We were given the tour of the restaurant and each of the dining rooms. Little One was wowed by the fish themed room. There were giant aquariums with beautiful fish swimming around for diners to admire. We were seated in the flower room. The walls were adorned with what seemed to be beautiful sakura (cherry blossoms).
The food – So much selection! It happened to be crab leg night when we were there. The crab legs and the ribs seemed to be a big hit that night. I’m a fan of General Tso’s Chicken, so had to have some.
The service was first rate. The staff was so welcoming. In fact, my cousin and her husband were dining with us and they commented on the fact that pleasant service is somewhat lacking these days in many eating establishments. We all noticed that A) the staff always welcomed diners with a “Welcome to the Mandarin!” as they entered the room and B) the staff was always ready and eager to help or assist in any way.
This really impressed my cousin and her husband, because so often (I hate to admit this), we’ve been to some places where the service is less than passable! This was a welcomed surprise.
The staff even added a special touch for Little One’s 4th Birthday and she really enjoyed it! They brought out a slice of cake with a birthday candle for her to blow out and sang to her. I realize this is pretty standard fare at restaurants when patrons are celebrating a birthday, but the special touch was the printed (and in a magnetic frame) photograph they gave us to commemorate this special day. Little One would not let go of that photo and said, “This is SO special! I love the Mandarin!”
A special thanks to the staff at the Mandarin, Markham location for a wonderful family friendly dining experience.
For dinner out with the family or to celebrate any special (or every day) occasion, the Mandarin is a great choice!
Disclosure – This is a sponsored post, however all the thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.