off the menu

photo by Anne Jansen

The Mandarin Touch (no website available) is one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in the Santa Ynez Valley. Its new location is posh and contemporary, and the food definitely keeps up with the decor. I ordered some Hunan Tofu, and it was not only delicious, but beautiful as well. Despite the fact that this dish is not on their menu (this happens more than I’d like to admit with my orders at Chinese restaurants, mostly because I tend to want tofu in spicy sauce, and that’s not always an option), they made it for me without hassle. In fact, the only question they had was whether I wanted the tofu sauteed or fried. I try to hit this restaurant every time I’m back home — you should try it to if you have the chance!

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