Tely Tse, the founder of popular Yen Yen Chinese Restaurant in Cocoa Beach, had been trying to open another restaurant in the Suntree area for about two decades.
On Sept. 12, Tse achieved his longtime goal as Tely’s Chinese Restaurant opened at 6450 N. Wickham Road, No. 112, in the Promenade Shoppes of Suntree.
"Most of my customers at Yen Yen were coming from the Suntree-Viera area and the Melbourne area, and they have been pushing me to have a restaurant over here," Tse said. "So finally we secured a place in Suntree."
The new 80-seat location, which is smaller than the 150-seat Yen Yen, also offers a much different menu than that of the beachside eatery, which Tse opened in 1992. Customers can dine on such appetizers as seaweed salad and main courses that feature chicken, duck, beef, pork, veal, seafood and shrimp dishes, all served on white linen tablecloths.
"We try to offer something different and additional options for my customers, so they can enjoy better Chinese food," said Tse, a New York native who opened his first Yen Yen restaurant in Brooklyn in 1988 and has operated restaurants in Cape Canaveral and Winter Springs. "I can have freedom to explore my cuisine and give customers more choices."
Customer response has been "very positive," Tse said. "Everybody’s happy."
Tely’s Grand Marnier Shrimp dish already has emerged as a customer favorite, Tse said. "It’s a special recipe from Hong Kong," he said. "We utilize Grand Marnier (an orange-flavored liqueur) to blend in during the cooking. The shimp is lightly marinated and lightly battered and quick fried."
The restaurant emphasizes fresh food and ingredients, Tse said. "No frozen products," he said. "We use fresh vegetables as much as possible. No MSG. It’s natural cooking. It’s very refreshing."
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tely’s is closed Monday.
For more information, go to telychineserestaurant.com or call 321-425-4638.