Troy >Food & Dining > Mon Jin Lau Restaurant
1515 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI | Directions 4808342.549490 -83.120933
Mon, Tue, Thu, 11am - 11pm; Wed, Fri, 11am - midnight; Sat, Sun, 4pm - midnight
love it! – my girlfriend and i asked the hostess to seat us in the lounge, and even though it was a busy night, she was still able to accommodate us! ordered a few drinks, and i absolutely loved the chocolate cherry buddha martini! my friend ordered the pomegranate, which she also really liked!
loved our waitress may, who helped us with everything we needed! she's one of the best!!
ocean confetti salad is delicious! mon jin lau fried rice is great. great wall roll, salmon on the beach, and spicy tuna roll is to die for! loved everything, except it was a bit crowded.
other than that, everything was great!
Delicious food, romantic atmosphere, and friendly staff! – My boyfriend took me on a date to Mon Jin Lau for the first time and the romantic atmosphere and ambiance of it all took me by surprise. We were given an option to sit outside on the patio, so we took advantage of it! It was absolutely beautiful outside, and we were given a nice table by the windows where the heater kept us warm later on in the night during our dinner. Our waitress, Liz, was GREAT! She is such an attentive waitress and hard worker. She really made the dinner ten times more fabulous! Liz gave us great suggestions on the drinks and dinner. We ended up ordering the MJL Special, which was awesome since it was flaming! It added to our romantic evening with the drink sharing ;) Since my boyfriend is vegetarian, Liz helped suggest appetizers we both would enjoy. We ended up ordering the Scallion Pancake appetizer, as well as the Ginger Garlic Eggplant. My boyfriend and I LOVED it!
For dinner, I ordered a Moo Shu Chicken, which came with hot, soft, pancakes, hoi sin sauce, and the moo shu chicken filling!! I wasn't too sure on how to eat it, but Liz taught me, which helped a lot! My boyfriend ordered the Buddha's Delight, which had an assortment of mixed vegetables! We both enjoyed our dinners outside on the patio.
We were full by dessert, but Liz showed us the dessert tray and we decided to share one since we were both so stuffed!! We ordered the chocolate mousse which really hit the spot after our whole dinner. I must say Mon Jin Lau is a great restaurant with GREAT food, a perfect ambiance, and staff that is so helpful, professional, and attentive! I can't wait to come and try the other dishes!!
Horrible Experience - Truly Horrible – June 20, 2009 - Just returned from the most horrible dinner at Mon Jin Lau. Not even worth the 1 star I rated. My husband and I are so angry. Wanted to leave without paying but wouldn't do that. I will not return. We had reservations for an outside table that were not honored. Staff was rude an unaccomodating. So sorry we stayed and waited it out. Please don't go to this restaurant. The should not be in business.
average food poor service – all my evening was spolied....
service is to bad.....
quality of food is also not that good....
Incredible Experience, Great Food and Service – Checked out Mon Jin Lau for the first time with my girlfriends on a Saturday night. Been told to go on Wednesdays, but we were in the mood for Sushi, so we decided to check it out anyway. The place doesn't look like much from the outside, but when we got inside, I loved it! Very intimate. Our waitress, can't remember her name, was outstanding. Helped us order and everything. Everybody loved their food. The sushi was amazing. I concur with similar report below, very hot owners! Will try and come on Wednesdays to see what all the action is about.
My first time there with the Gran Torino crew – The opportunity to try Mon Jin Lau finally happened last night when friends from California and I (a local) were doing a surprise bday for another amiga. Two weeks prior, I had read about their restaurant in a passed issue of Hour Detroit magazine while waiting in my dentist?s office. I found the family story very interesting; and reading some of the negatives comments below really shows how much some Chinese restaurant owners are. Coming from a Thai food establishment here, there?s nothing but appreciation and excitement for MJL. Complimentary valet parking was nice, The owner?s son were very good-looking and professional, staff was cool and so was the decor. But hands down, the best part was when the conga drummer and saxophone player came around to heighten things up?I beat the heck of that drum and I hope I get to do it again next time! I ordered the salmon on the beach just because other comments on here suggested it and wanted to check it out. It was delicious! Also, had the sashimi with slices of jalapenos on top, along with yellowtail/cream cheese sushi and soft crab sushi. The only downside was out in the patio where bartender couldn?t make me a mojito and the crowd is more from Miami and Malibu.
A Detroit Staple – Mon Jin Lau is and has been one of my top 5 restaurants in the world. I have no clue what these other posts were talking about. If eating at a chain restaurant like PF cHangs is good to you than i guess you wouldnt like mon jin lau either. But there is something about independently owned businesses that suits me. There service is great especially the waitress Nancy, I think shes worked there for over 25 years. The Sushi is fabolous. Always fresh and creative. If your a first timer, I would pay no attention to the negative posts considering this place has been open for over 40 years and has won many culinary awards including this years Hour Magazines Restaurant of The Year. So if you do come, which i highly recomend, you have to try the salmon on the beach sushi roll and the chili pepper squid.
such a disappointment – i had looked at the website for Mon Jin Lau prior to going there. I also looked on here and read the reviews. Most of which were good and said that it was a really nice place with GREAT food. I have never been so disappointed. Im a frequent diner at PF Changs Bistro. The prices at Mon Jin Lau are basically the same price and the environment and food are nowhere near the caliber of PF Changs. This place can not even touch it. We walked in and were sat immediately at this awkardly placed table right by the kitchen doors. It took our server 8-10 minutes to greet us and take our drink order. We immediatly ordered soup and chicken lettuce wraps. We then requested to move tables due to the gross smell coming out of the kitchen. The environment was loud and everything is so crammed together. I was expecting this beautiful asian restaurant. It was way less than mediocre. So 25 minutes later we still do not have our appetizers and the waitress has not returned to take our order. As our appetizers arrive, she quickly set them on the table and walked away. Not asking if we needed anything. The lettuce wraps had NO flavor to them and there was no soy sauce on our table. Soup was okay, nothing great. At this point I was soooo turned off by the food, service and environment I flagged down our waitress and asked for the bill and boxes. I didn't even want to order dinners there. We left and got carry out from PF Changs. PF Changs was awesome of course. I was just really disappointed in Mon Jin Lau. I had really looked forward to trying it and i love chinese/asian food. I do not recommend this to anyone. It is not anywhere near worth the money!!!!!!
this has to be a joke. – When I first went to Mon Jin Lau, my reaction was that this had to be a joke. Although the cocktail I ordered was yummy, the food was substandard at best. My partner and I ordered a few sushi rolls and a few Chinese dishes. The sushi wasn't bad, but it wasn't good, either. The Chinese dishes were bad. Really, really bad. We ordered a Szuechuan chicken dish that is supposed to be spicy, but was a glopping syrupy sweet mess. It tasted oddly like a barbecue chicken dish that you can get at Royal Oak Brewery. I think people confuse Asian-owned and Asian decor as a sign of authenticity, but there was nothing authentic about these dishes. If you're looking for authenticity, pay more attention to the clientele. I think the owners of Mon Jin Lau have altered the flavors of their foods to appeal to the tastebuds of the Michigan locals, not to Asian customers who are there to get real Asian flavored foods. Also, while you read the reviews for this restaurant, check to see what other reviews someone has written if they give Mon Jin Lau 5 stars. If someone gives this place 5 stars and it's the only review they've written, you have to ask yourself if they're a real person honestly reviewing restaurants, or if they work at the alleged 5-star establishment and are promoting it instead.
Congrats Mon Jin Lau on Winning the 2008 Restaurant of the Year!! – Mon Jin Lau was just awarded the 2008 Hour Detroit Restaurant of the Year. It's about time. I've been going to Mon Jin Lau for years. The food is amazing and consistent. The service is impeccable. Their waitstaff are all hard working and very attentive. The ambiance is incredible. Great music. I couldn't think of a better restaurant to win this award. Congrats!!
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