Lai Lai Casual Dining
“Lai Lai” is a Mandarin phrase loosely translated to mean “ come on in”. Specializing in Asian Chinese cuisine, Lai Lai Casual Dining serves authentic Taiwanese style beef noodles, which originated from Sheraton Hotel, Taipei. The restaurant also recommends other dishes such as their Taiwan Vermicelli, braised pork rice, Cong Jua Bing and many other Taiwanese street foods.
I like the Katsu Curry rice and the generous serving was good for both my baby and me but having to put up with such attitude, I think its not worth it. The drinks were also over priced and very diluted.
I thought was my baby who messed up the table on my first visit so they dread our return but I noticed they treat families with babies the same. There was a family asking for kids' utensil and the server grudgingly left it on the table with a loud bang.
I am not a beef person so I skipped their signature dish but my friend ordered it. Which left me with supposedly another of their hyped dish, the braised pork. It was a considerable queue and a even more considerable waiting time and when the food came, I was willing it to impress me.
And surprisingly, it did!
I liked the tenderness of the pork. I usually like eating plain rice by itself but this one actually made a good complement to the rice. I was now pretty interested in trying their signature so I took some soup from my friend's dish, a brisket something something, and mixed it with my rice and that was actually the nicest Chinese meal I've had in the longest time.
I wouldn't come back here again because I am done with my Taiwanese phase, but it's worth a visit so, drop by!
Their prices are quite reasonable for casual restaurant standard and the set meals seemed affordable. This could be a good place if you’re just looking for a quick lunch or dinner but I probably won't 'lai lai' to the place again.
I’ll give praise when praise is due and for me, the beef was remarkably tender. I can see that effort was made to slow cook it till it got to this state. But that was where the good aspects of the dish ended. I can’t help but feel that their soup base is seasoned by nothing other than msg or chicken stock.
Soup should never be laden with that much artificial flavoring as it makes the taste overly salty and leaves the consumer thirsty. If Lai Lai could put in as much effort to its soup as it did to the beef, I think it will be a lot more popular than it currently is.
I recommend getting the beef noodles (it's the signature dish) which is a whole big bowl of succulent beef and flavourful gravy, as well as the assorted braised pork which is surprisingly tender and does not have a strong smell associated with pork innards. I wouldn't mind going to this place again - I need to try its other dishes!
Try ordering their set and it comes with a selection of bubble tea and interesting taiwanese drinks. They taste good and go well with the braised pork rice which can be too 'dry' for some people.
The noodles came in a huge bowl and smelt really good! However, when i had my first bite, it was bad. I tried the second mouth, and it was just as bad. The soup felt like there was too much MSG in it. It was extremely salty and it isn't how a beef broth should taste like. The soup spoiled the entire bowl of noodles for me. Fortunately, the beef was tender and not too bad.
After my first experience at Lai Lai, I'm not sure if I would head back there to give it a second chance. Maybe, if the queue for other restaurants are long.
Their signature dish would be the beef noodles - the broth is clear but still flavorful, and you can take your pick between the normal noodles or potato noodles if I'm not wrong. Each bowl is served up piping hot, and you can have a very generous serving of noodles for less than 10 bucks here. There are a range of side dishes to choose from, to make a set with your noodles - be careful which ones you pick though. Try to stick to the more "normal" dishes like the fried calamari or the chicken.
Being a Taiwanese restaurant, their bubble tea definitely does not disappoint - I always order the milk tea whenever I frequent, but at $3.50 a cup, it's a little pricey.
Their beef noodles is of the stewed variety and served in generous chunks. One can also have the choice of having all tendon or beef mixed in tendon. Their beef tendon is very smooth and tender and I do not have any difficulty trying to chew it. What's more, the best part of the dish is not the meat but the soup. Brewed to perfection, the soup has all the flavours of the meat and spices.
I would also recommend their salt and pepper chicken. Their chicken is hot, tender and juicy. To further spoil your tastebuds, try it with their chilli sauce, which is fried with shallots, amazing stuff! What is a Taiwan cuisine restaurant without its range of bubble tea? Here at Lai Lai, they offers a variety of bubble tea to go with your beef noodles.
In conclusion, this place is highly recommended for beef noodle lovers. Prices are also quite decent for a restaurant. Great food, great atmosphere, great place.
The Lu Rou Fan portion is rather filling, but the thing is that their meat taste good and oily. Yummy, I guessed the important thing is the oily part that is nicely done which made the dish tasty and yummy. The sauce is not too wet and thin as compared to others found in Singapore, and this adds texture to the dish. They also used pearl rice which is the same type that is used in Taiwan, and they cooked it to a stickiness that compliments the whole dishes. Others that are find either simply use normal rice or the pearl rice is over-cooked.
The Beef noodles are also equally good and really tastes like those that I have eaten in Taipei with soft and tender beef pieces.
Right now, this is probably the place to go for real and reasonable price Taiwanese dishes.