This little restaurant is easy to miss if you don't know exactly where you're going. It's attached to Crystal Mall in Burnaby, but there's is no mall access, and it's on the parking entrance side of the building. Amazingly, this place is very busy, especially around the lunch hour! I guess there are many ppl in the know!
I met my sister here for lunch on a weekday and I got there first. Silly of me not to look around before ordering, I ordered from the menu w/o noticing the picture menus adorning the walls. I just picked the pork hotpot because it sounded appetizing (no pictures in the menu). My sister joined me shortly after and ordered one of their "illustrated" rice combos from the wall.
Our meal didn't take long to arrive at all. My sister's meal looked delicious and she reported that it was quite tasty, with the exception of the overly greasy deep-fried pork-chop which was just passable.
My meal, however, looked much better than it tasted. Top marks for presentation - you get your own stone bowl overtop burning charcoal (hotpot). Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this as I thought I would. Everything in the bowl was kind of bland and tasted the same. Calamari rings were like rubber bands. If it were not for the tasty dipping sauce it came with, I don't think I could have eaten it. Also a tip for those who have limited time, skip the hotpot. It took forever for it to cool down enough to eat without burning my tongue with every bite.
On the flip side, it's a great deal. Most meals will cost you under $8 and you'll leave full and satisfied! Next time, I'll be sure to order one of the combos instead of the hotpot.
This eatery is quite small and jam packed, so in case you're thinking of bringing children here, remember to leave the strollers at home.
Came here during the weekend to grab a quick lunch with another fellow food blogger and my bf. First time, never knew about this place and it is a bit hard to find.
The look and some of the images can definitely be renewed, but it isn't drastically horrible. Unfortunately, they have this doorway frame with nothing covering it that leads into the kitchen. I sat directly in front of that thing, so it was pretty awkward.
The service was efficient but minimal, as expected. Our meals did come with their teas though, which are kind of similar to a tea for used for bubbletea (no pearls though).
My bf and his friend both ordered the bibimbap and I had the Hawaiian fried rice and we shared a side of their deep fried tofu. The tofu itself was not flavoured (not even salted) so you had to eat it with the kimchi that it came with or this garlic/onion/soy sauce mix that came with it, which isn't too bad. The bibimbap was huge and both the guys seemed to enjoy it though it was quite spicy. My Hawaiian fried rice was decent, it had flavour without meat and was large portioned. I think they could have added a few more veggies though. It was also quite a large portion.
Each dish was less than 7 dollars (before tips). I will definitely go back to try some other dishes, since they have a few vegetarian dishes.
Recommended for a quick bite.
Just went to this place last Tuesday night with husband and couple of friends.
Now, when I got in, I didn't even get seated! I asked a waiter to give me a table, and guess what he said: "Wait standing, I don't give you the tables" in Chinese. So... I standed. And we waited 45 minutes for someone to take our order.
After 45 minutes of waiting long, someone finally came. I ordered a genzong and banana bread, a pork hot pot, and seafood noodles. The order didn't come until 20 minutes of waiting! Plus, I saw the real price on the menu, and he charged me way more than it's worth!
Restaurant is really small. The old restaurant Tokyo Taipei was way better than this one.
All I can say is: I'm not coming back, unless someone bribes me to.
The food from Ali Shan does not disappoint. I have been there on several occasions since when they started. Unlike a lot of the places that I have been to where quality goes down over the years, Ali Shan is one place where they have kept their standard. Their fried pork chop is especially enjoyable, it is not too overly oily and have a hint of curry. The side dishes and the accompanying drink (or soup, your choice) are nice added values to the already low priced meal.
Compared to the other Taiwanese BBT places near by, Ali Shan is closer to what you could get in Taiwan and in a very convenient location. The service is not outstanding but solid overall. If you are in the neighborhood, you should consider going to the place, but sometimes there might be a small lineup.
This restaurant is certainly small. It looks like a sushi restaurant with the seated counter facing the kitchen. There are also some smaller tables in the restaurant. I would recomment the short rib (steak) combo. It used to be better but it's still not bad now. The thing I like about this restaurant is that it's fairly authentic in flavour. The last time I went there to have a porkchop combo though, the meat was salty beyond belief. It was like eating a deep fried piece of solid salt. I should have sent it back but this restaurant didn't seem like the type that would make me a replacement.
I was recently introduced to this restaurant by a friend who works in Metrotown (across the street). Since then, I have come here to eat every time I go shopping at Metrotown. This place is a little difficult to find - it's tucked away in a little corner of Crystal Mall. The decor could use some work, but you won't think about that when you start eating the delicious food!
The place is really tiny, so I really wish they could expand the restaurant. Other than that, the food and service are both great! Great value!!
My absolute favourite dish here is the Japanese curry rice omelet. Curry fried rice that's wrapped in a thin layer of egg, and topped with sauce. Delicious beyond words!! The satay beef noodles are also amazing. Authenic, and easy on the wallet. Each dish is around 7 dollars, I believe.
The service does slow down when there are a lot of patrons eating there (rush-hour). Expect to wait if you arrive without reservations at lunch or dinner time...
But overall, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Ali Shan. Two thumbs up! :)
The food is quite good and at a considerable portion. Their rice combos usually consist of a large bowl of rice, a sunny-side up egg, two side dishes (usually one veg) and a meat-based, good-sized entree. It also comes with a complimentary glass of iced cold tea or soup - your choice. The food usually takes 15 - 20 minutes, longer if you order the deep-fried drumstick rice combo, but the quality of the food doesn't disappoint. The price range is around $6 ~ $ 12 - a good bargain considering how filling the meal is. I come here quite often. It is refreshing to find a restaurant that maintains its portion size and not increase the price in these times of economic turmoil nowadays. Definitely a thumbs - up.
So I was at Crystal Mall shopping yesterday and thinking that I need some Chinese food. I remembered this Taiwanese restuarant. Me and my husband were there in about half an hour, it's not very busy considering it's Sunday at dinner time. After my husband finished his beef noodle, my order is still not at my table. Finally I asked the waitress and apparently they forgot my order....can't believe it right? For half an hour nobody even asked and thought it's weird I'm just sitting there...And the waiters/waitresses there didn't even say sorry...T T. So we payed the beef noodle without tip and left with furious. As of the food, since we only had one beef noodle i think it's only fair. Nothing special.
The waitress didn't tell us the green tea is free also... We ordered just water instead...UNBELIEVABLE!
I always order take out, because the restaurant is just too small.
It's too crowded, and the smoke, smell from the kitchen is just everywhere in the restaurant. Services is mediocre, looks to me they are just high school students.
The food tastes okay, not so so bad. I used to order the short rib, but now it's very chewy.