Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Economy Rice at Mandarin Cafe (Greenlane)

Like some people, I am a big fan of rice. I need to have rice whenever I have my meals. One of the things that I like about Mandarin Cafe is that they have a stall that serve good economy rice. For some of you who might not be aware of Mandarin Cafe, it's located at Island Glades just behind the Delima coffee shop. It was used to be occupy by Chok Dee Thai Restaurant which has now moved to Burma Road.

A front view of Mandarin Cafe next to the 4-D shop.

The economy rice stall is operated by the same owner of N & Q which is located some distance away next.. The owner of N & Q also used to operate the famous Sar Chew restaurant located along Cantoment Road. It was well known for the economy rice and cendol until she decided to sell off that business. As for the stall at Mandarin cafe, almost every dish is tasty. I particularly like the fried egg, chicken and fish curry, steamed minced pork, sweet and sour fish and stir fried cauliflower with bean curd. Prices are slightly higher than elsewhere but it's worth paying.

A good selection of dishes. All of them are cooked at N & Q and brought over to the stall at Mandarin Cafe.

Is this tempting or what?

Besides the economy rice, what's worth trying at Mandarin Cafe is the wantan mee. This is the famous wantan mee stall from the Genting coffee shop on the other side of Island Glades. She has now moved her stall over to Mandarin Cafe. It's extremely popular and sometimes you have to wait for 20-30 minutes before you get you plate of noodles. She normally closes every Thursday for a break.

The pasembur here is also quite famous. This is the same stall as the one at Brown Garden. Personally, I still prefer the pasembur stall in front of the Delima coffee shop. Like the wantan mee stall, it's not open on Thursday.

The claypot rice isn't too bad too.

In total, there are about 20 food stalls in Mandarin Cafe. I have tasted most of them (except the yong tau fu) and would recommend only what I mentioned above. Feel free to venture out from this list as after all, taste is quite subjective. You probably might take a liking to the other stalls too. Lastly, Mandarin Cafe is open daily from 6.30am to 10pm.


durianberry said...

Thanks for the info. It's been a awhile since I go there to eat. The economy rice stall does look good!

PenangTuaPui said...

wat a great sharing, always jump into the Genting and had yet to drop in for the food...

hmm... it is show time for Tua Puissssssssss

CK Lam said...

Used to buy tau fu fah from Island Glades but haven't been there for a while.
All the food at this new place makes me hungry especially when its near lunch hour now. I will venture into Island Glades again...thanks for sharing.

Criz Lai said...

I have not gone there for some time now. Most of the time, I will just drop by Genting Cafe to grab my chee cheong fun and straightaway bring them home for my parents.

By the way, since you frequent here a lot, maybe you can recommend me a good caterer for dinner. I'm still finding one good one for my parents. I heard there are quite a few nice ones up there but I have yet the time to visit any of them.


Fortesfidelis said...

criz lai - the more popular ones would be E&Q which is located next to the shop selling tau fu fah. This shop is slightly more expensive but its more tastier than the rest.

Another place which serves good catering food is the coffee shop besides Gembira Parade (behind BP petrol station along Greenlane). I go there sometimes for economy rice as the food is extremely fresh (especially fish curry) and the price is very reasonable. My relatives also cater food daily from this place.

I will try to get the phone numbers for you if you are interested.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I've tried the economy rice. Its really nice. In fact the Curry mee and Beef Koay Teow soup is good too. Beef Koay Teow soup only sells in the evening about 5pm onwards til dawn. You guys should check it out too!Yummy...

Fortesfidelis said...

Anonymous - thanks for your comments. Yes, the curry mee is actually quite nice. They use to sell at Delima Cafe before moving to this coffee shop. As for the beef koay teow, I haven't try it as I dont come here for dinner. Nonetheless, I will take up your recommendation if I do come here the next time.

Ah Boy said...

Hi, I've tried the Beef Koay Teow Soup and it's really tasty. Thumbs up! I will definitely go back again.

Anonymous said...

Wow... hot news... cafe boss fight with indian customer... bad boss...

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