Is this the most-used name for Chinese restaurants? Mandarette, 8386 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 655-6115. Style: Grazer heaven. Setting: High tech Chinese. Recommended dishes: Spicy won tons; curried chicken turnovers. Cost per person: $5-$10.
The Mandarin, 430 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills. (213) 272-0267. Style: Fancy grazer heaven. Setting: Beverly Hills’ premiere Chinese, remodeled and reopened with exhibition kitchen. Recommended dishes: Peking duck; chive-stuffed pancakes; Sichuan noodles. Cost per person: $20-$35.
Mandarin Chef, 20021 Roscoe Blvd., Canoga Park. (818) 882-8550. Style: Sister of the Beijing-California Beef Noodle King in China specializing in noodles. Setting: European art and Italian fountain for coin tossing; Recommended dishes: Sichuan-style beef noodle soup; dim sum. Cost per person: $4-$10.
Mandarin Cove, 404 S. Figueroa, 6th Floor, (Bonaventure Hotel), Los Angeles. (213) 488-1111. Style: You won’t have to ask for a fork at this large Cantonese-style restaurant. Setting: Cool Moderne. Recommended dishes: Jellyfish; sweet-and-sour pork. Cost per person: $5-$12.
Mandarin Deli, 9351 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. (818) 993-0122. Style: Dumpling capital of the Valley. Setting: Industrial benign. Recommended dishes: Scallion pancake; pork-stuffed potstickers; boiled fish dumplings. Cost per person: $5-$12.