My foodie friend Rebekah was moving back to Buffalo from Boston and we decided to meet one weekday for lunch somewhere between my office and her apartment. We decided on MuLan. MuLan is located a couple of blocks up Broadway from The Garment District. It is located in the same building as Beauty’s pizza and the 2 places share a small parking lot with enough parking for about 5 cars. I was walking so I didn’t need to worry about parking… Good thing since the lot was already full.
After a small wait, we were seated and given menus and some pickled veggies and peanuts. It took some prodding of the waitress to get some water and tea. But, we finally got some. The menu contains some authentic Taiwanese dishes along with some dishes you may be familiar with from Chinese restaurants. We decided to order a couple of dishes from the lunch specials to share. We ordered the kung pao shrimp and the lamb in hot chili pepper sauce. Both dishes were $7.95 and came with soup and rice.
The kung pao shrimp contained chopped celery, water chestnuts, peanuts, dried red chili peppers and large shrimp in a mildly spicy sauce. It was very similar to kung pao dishes I have eaten at other Asian restaurants.
The lamb was our favorite dish of the two. Thinly sliced lamb was stir-fried with julienned chili peppers and green bell peppers. This was one spicy dish! I would definitely order the lamb again.
On another lunch visit, I had the shredded beef with dry bean curd. It was flagged on the menu as being spicy, but I didn’t find it that spicy at all. It was flavorful and filling.
The service was similar on both visits… friendly, but a bit frenzied. On both visits, we needed to request water and tea. On some weekdays at lunch, there can be a wait to be seated.
Their menu says they deliver so I will definitely have to order in some lunch with co-workers sometime soon.