Ma Jong’s Asian Diner
Featured: Inside Sacramento – Downtown
Never mind the ancient game played with plastic tiles. At this Downtown Sacramento restaurant, the name Ma Jong pays tribute to the matriarchs of a centuries-old family dynasty and combines the culinary cultures of Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and China. The unique flavors from those countries reveal their profiles in each of Ma Jong’s dishes. Aromas mingle and create an atmosphere at once homey and exotic. Daily specials feature meats, fresh fish and crisp vegetables, simmering in soy, teriyaki, basil and peanut sauces. The interior of Ma Jong’s Asian Diner is meant to evoke images of a village, with natural wood countertops, low-back seats and several communal tables. Dangling lanterns cast a soft glow on the exposed ductwork and brick walls to remind customers they are in the heart of the city enjoying adventurous Asian fare. Watching over the experience is a 300-year-old Buddha. Downtown workers bundle off takeaway boxes of Shanghai spicy chow mein. Central city residents call orders in and await the arrival of the delivery rickshaw emblazoned with Ma Jong’s enigmatic face. The restaurant is a convenient stop for theatergoers eager for a quick bite before curtain time at the Community Center Theater one block east.