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
Best Restaurant in the City of Detroit – I've been going to Mon Jin Lau for years. My parents used to take us when we were kids. Can you believe this place is still around? It's as hip and cool as ever. Went there on a Wednesday night with my girlfriends. Wow. What a fun time. Great Music, great atmosphere. I heard that Friday nights that have a DJ, can't wait to check that out. Absolutely great music. Asked the waitress where the music came from, told me the owner doesn't give out that secret. Amazing food. Try the Salmon on the Beach. Also, the Kimchee Crab Cakes were out of this world.
Super fun scene in an unexpected place – This is one of those unexpected gems that dot the metro Detroit area -- you know, those truly good spots found in the middle of nowhere that look like nothing more than just another joe-schmo kinda place until you actually stop in and are totally wowed. Like Hong Hua or Cafe Cortina, this place is great yet you would never guess judging from its boring suburban surroundings. The appetizers really are the best -- and the signature drink is absolutely fantastic! (I forgot what it's called but it's this huge, oversized fruity cocktail with a flame in the middle that comes with straws for you and all your friends). The outdoor seating area is perfect on a warm day, so take advantage during the summer when there's also a DJ throughout the week. The place is usually packed on weekends with well-suited men, flesh-baring women and loud groups adding to the lively atmosphere.
Best Sushi Hands Down – I love sushi. I could eat sushi everyday if I had to. I went to the Plum Market in Bloomfield the other day, and tried the sushi. Amazing. Best sushi I've ever had from a grocery store. I wondered if the grocery store made it, but they told me it was a restaurant in Troy called Mon Jin Lau. I went there with my girlfriends the other day, and I can't believe I've never been before. The food is to die for. Not only is their sushi arguably the best I've ever had, but we also tried the Peanut Chicken and the Asian Filet. I actually ordered takeout so I could also have some more the next day!
Unbelievable, My Favorite Restaurant in the Country!! – I'm originally from New York, but moved here about 5 years ago. My girlfriends and I love Mon Jin Lau. I'm a consultant, so I travel and eat out frequently. Who would know that the best Asian restaurant is in little old Troy, Michigan! The ambiance is like none other. The service is impeccable, and the food is to die for. Newbies, try the Mandarin Crispy Duck, or the Asian Filet. The sushi is amazing....I just tried the Salmon on the Beach the other day. I couldn't stop eating it. If any owners every read this board.....open other Mon Jin Lau's in other states!!!!!
OVER RATED – food was bad.portion was small and service was ok. we're
not sure we'll be back.it's a shame we live so close.
China One (Chinese Fast Food) tastes better than this overrated restaurant! – We ordered Lettuce Wrap which was good but PF Chang's lettuce wrap is better. We ordered the Crispy Duck and Hunan Spicy Shrimp. The Hunan Spicy Shrimp was not spicy but sweet instead. Crispy duck was no duck at all but more like crispy bone with no meat. Overall the entrees were bland. Service and ambiance are good. But I would not go back due to tasteless food. I think at the price of the dishes, the food should be excellent. If you are going for sushi, I would eat at a real sushi restaurant. Not some restaurant that tries to be Chinese, Thai, and Japanese in one. So thumb down for Mon Jin Lau.
Used to be the best... – Me and my family have been eating (dinning in & carry out) for the last 10 years at least. The food was always delicious and service was always top notch. That is, until recently. Over the last two years, Mon Jin Lau has gone downhill in all areas. The food has lost it's flare and the service has become downright lazy.
I ordered carry out a few weeks ago from them. My father enjoys the Almond chicken dish and it's the only thing he ever gets (he's knows what he likes). In the last few orders we have gotten....This dish in partcular has gone downhill. The chicken is dry and over cooked. I tend to be more adventurous and tend to try something different everytime. The last few dishes I've gotten have been very bland and the fish, rather tough and chewy (shrimp and scallops...but more so then normal). Also, in the last few carry out orders, items were forgotten completely, such as spring rolls, sauces, and poor packaging.
I used to love Mon Jin Lau,, but I'd rather dine elsewhere, Like Thai Inn on Rochester rd in the north hill plaza, ot for the japanese side of things...Take Sushi across from Rochester High.
Best Restaurant in Michigan...Arguably Best Chinese Anywhere – My friends and I tried Mon Jin Lau for the first time. I kept hearing and hearing about it, but never got a chance to try it since I don't live that close. We went on a Friday night. They were so busy. We grabbed a drink at the bar and waited for our table to be set. One of our friends had the lychee martini, which was amazing. I tried the asian pear martini, it was good, but I think I liked the lychee better. The ambiance of this place was amazing....great music, and nice staff. I ordered sushi, and the thai peanut chicken. To die for. I defintely will be back.
Americanized Chinese Food – I am not sure if I would say over-rated. I think the food is a bit americanized. Even so, I still think the food is very good. As for the person who ordered the Pad Thai... All I have to say is that you don't order Thai food in a Chinese Restaurant (and by the way... Pad Thai generally is cooked with an egg)...
The only reasons why I dine here is the ambiance. Otherwise, I go to other places for carry out.
Totally overrated – The menu was innovative, I will give them that. It is also has a nice atmosphere. My dish, the vegetable pad thai, was terrible. You would think such a common dish would be safe to order. To be perfectly honest, it was a big pile of mushy noodles and overcooked veggies. Also, the menu does not state that it has egg. I am a vegetarian and do not eat egg. If my server wasn't so rude and unavailable, I would have mentioned it to her. As other people have said, we were not offered any refills on our drinks. My dinner companion had General Tso's Chicken. He said it was much better at other places. We won't be back.
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