(New Orleans, LA) Chinese buffet restaurants have their place and some are even very good at what they offer, but have you ever been to a real, sit-down, table service Chinese restaurant? How about one that’s among the top of the charts in reputation for food and service across all categories of cuisine? Well, guess what? We found one in the Five Happiness on Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.
Five Happiness specializes in Mandarin and Cantonese dishes, with one of the best known being it’s Mandarin Chicken, as pictured below. The dish is made with large flattened, breaded chicken breasts pan-fried and sliced into strips. The Mandarin sauce was delicious, but the sliced orange that was provided as a garnish added to the flavor when squeezed over the dish. The rice was shrimp fried rice, though white rice was available.
Five Happiness’ soups are all fresh made and contain enough chicken, noodles and other ingredients to constitute a meal — no broth with a couple of noodles and a single lonely mushroom here. Pictured is my Hot & Sour Soup appy that I would have daily if I could. It was one of the few days of our trip that my sinuses were clear!
The restaurant’s decor is modern and clean, with dark woods with gold and a few colorful accents, such as the light fixtures in the lobby and bar area. Updated both after Katrina and again recently, it doesn’t create the typical tired, themed ambiance.
Service was polite, friendly and even supportive of our periodic bout with menu indecision. The menu is big, but lunch specials narrow selections to the most popular dishes making it more manageable. Believe it or not, the photos below depict the lunch portions.
In the Big Easy and had enough Cajun, Creole everything? Try Five Happiness in the busy Carrollton section of New Orleans. It’s worth the drive and search for a parking space.
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