On Melanie's recommendation, I visited this restaurant today for lunch. I have been wanting to try Oyster pancake since my Taiwanese friend told me about the dish, so I went with her.
We ordered 5 things.
First to arrive was a meatball dumpling - meat wrapped in thick rick noodle with a red sauce that my friend said was supposed to be spicy, but was not. This was just an appetizer at $2.50 and nice, but not stellar.
Oyster noodle with tripe - this was served in a dark brown sauce, chopped green onions as a garnish. Very flavorful; with juicy oysters, chewy noodles and tripe. The brininess of the oysters added dimension to the sauce.
Fried rice wrapped in intestine - perfectly cooked, crisp in the mouth but moist and chewy when bitten, with a powerful aroma of garlic. An excellent beer snack. I have some left for later!
Oyster pancake - what I was waiting for. Very tasty and just as Melanie described. I would have liked more crispy bits, though.
Goose noodle soup - merely ok, particularly compared to the other 4 dishes. The broth was thin and watery. My friend said it needed the red onion that she is accustomed to having with this dish.
Our bill was $24.00 plus tip.
In addition to the regular menu (4+ pages), they had a all-you-can-eat buffet agaist one wall, with a wide variety of dishes (20+). The manager told me it's just $7.95 and available on week-ends.
I found the staff friendly, the restaurant generallly clean, and everyone around us seemed happy. Yucky men's bathrom though.
We walked around afterwards and found a few interesting places - tea shops (one that had marinated taiwanese snacks), a VN restaurant, and a bakery next to the Lion grocery. The mall was packed, but I found a parking space behind the grocery.