Driven past Beijing Star in Waltham more than 10 times, I had never given it a try until I read the threads last week.
We went there at around 2:00 last Sunday, hoping to explore a good Northeastern Chinese/ Taiwan brunch place other than Shangri-la.
Only three tables were taken in that late afternoon. The host was too busy talking on the phone and we weren't seated until we stood around for a couple minutes and the waiter came out to greet us.
I couldn't wait to look into the menu once we sat donw but only to find that the menu was not as extensive as Shangri-la. Striperguy is absolutely right that their food is wheat-oriented. Besides, they do not offer Taiwanese dish. We werent that hungry so we only got four dishes: spicy beef stomach, marinated beef sandwich, scallion pancake and beef hand drawn noodle. The spicy beef stomach, which apparently is of different style, is harder and darker than the one in Shangri-la. We had a hard time to chow down the beef sandwich as it is very doughy. The scallion pancake is on par with Shangri-la. While I was disappointed at the hand drawn noodle in Noodle Alcove and Shangri-la does not offer this, I like Beijing Stars version a lot. Both the broth and the meat are flavorful.
With the older setting and music, I thought I were somewhere in Northern China. It is a real Northeastern Chinese cuisine deal. Although I was a little disappointed as I am looking for a back up restaurant for Shangri-la, I would still recommend it and would go back to have their noodle soup or dinner.