Shan Dong Mandarin Restaurant
328 10th Street #101 (Near Harrison)
Oakland, CA 94607
Shan Dong Mandarin Restaurant is a family run Chinese Restaurant in Oakland’s Chinatown focusing on Shan Dong regional Cuisine. The focus is on noodles and dumplings. It was top rated on Yelp and has been mentioned in newspapers, so we decided to try it.
Decor, Vibe – Small generic dining room with about 14 tables. No decor awards here. A mix of Chinese and non Asian folks eating lunch.
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Special Shan Dong Dumplings ($6.95) with pork and lots of vegetables were huge and freshly cooked but pretty bland and had a thick wrapper.
Boiled Pork Dumplings with Leek ($7.25) were huge and freshly cooked but pretty bland and had a thick wrapper.
Ja Jong Mein Noodles ($6.95) +$1 for hand made noodles had thick noodles that tasted fine but the sauce was almost peanut buttery in texture.
Onion Pancake ($5.50) was pretty plain with not much in the way of any flavor. It was better as leftovers when we pan fried it.
Special Twisted Bun ($0.95) was deep fried, greasy and tasteless. Could have used some condensed milk.
Shan Dong Mandarin Restaurant had friendly accessible service. Prices are fine but the food was pretty average and bland. It was almost like simple flavor challenged home cooking. San Tung in San Francisco serves similar food and is far better. You are better off eating Cantonese Chinese food in this Chinatown.