600 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA | Directions 7044830.373745 -90.091368
The Wong family dynasty crafts authentic Chinese fare in a serene North Shore setting. – The Scene
Backcountry Oriental bliss. A forest sanctuary surrounds the terrace-roofed temple. Walkways thread landscaped bamboo gardens, and waterfalls spill into peaceful koi ponds. Gold-painted red silks line the dining rooms along with heaps of Asian artwork and aquariums swimming with exotic fish.
Order with confidence whether revisiting an old favorite or going out on a limb. The sprawling menu is an Asian tour spiked with local specialties such as alligator with fresh mushrooms and Trey Yuen soft-shell crab. The signature Tong Cho sauce is sweet and tangy with equal parts hot peppers and garlic and comes on all manner of fried seafood, which is always fresh. Chinese regulars like moo goo gai pan and sweet and sour are rendered flawlessly. Even better is more adventurous fare such as smoked tea duck and Szechuan spicy lamb.
Improvement Needed – Trey Yuen was a great place to get a wonderful meal, but after Katrinia the restaurant smells. Parking lot used to be full with customers - not now. So, I must not be the only one who thinks food is terrible and the musty smell would spoil the eating experience if the food was good. Kitchen help was never seen, but lately one sees them sitting with customers wearing their white kitchen dress or just walking around customer eating area.
Fabulous Chinese Experience – I have been recommending the Wong family's restaurants for over 20 years. They have set the bar by which I measure all other Chinese restaurants in my travels. The Pagoda style of this location is a testament to the Wong familys quest for perfection. If it looks authentic it is. This experience from the food, the ambience, to the service is authentic Chinese with a twist of southern hospitality.
What a country surprise – Surprise to find such a nice Chinese restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Worth the long drive from New Orleans.
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