by Sara Hayden

“Trust me….I eat a lot.” Owner Nee Lau keeps a slow and steady emphasis on quality above all else.


Whole rock cod in spicy black bean sauce at The Mandarin in Menlo Park. The restaurant had a soft opening in June, with plans for a grand opening party in July. (Image courtesy of The Mandarin)

The pandemic may have expedited owner Nee Lau’s plans to pursue what was a retirement dream of opening a restaurant, but when it comes to executing his vision at The Mandarin in Menlo Park, it’s all about slowing down.

“I’d rather have

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