Ex-Tung Lai Shun Owner's New Place...
I got word that the former owners of Tung Lai Shun have opened their new restaurant in Anaheim, Mas' Islamic. My co-worker knows the owner and got the skinny on the new place. They also brought most of their staff with them. So all of you Tung Lai Shun lovers out there REJOICE and head to Anaheim...
MAS' Islamic Restaurant
601 E. Orangethorpe Ave
Anaheim, CA 92801
Between S. Lemon St. and S. Raymond Ave.
Open 7 Days a Week
Mon - Thur 11:00a - 3:00p & 5:00p - 9:30p
Fri - Sun 11:00a - 10:00p
Just received a report from one of my food informants who indicates that the food has changed at the Anaheim location from what it was in San Gabriel, and not for the better. This disappointing conclusion was based on several visits, rather than just catching them on a bad day, as my informant knows the owner and wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. Apparently the sesame bread is still good, but the other stuff seems to have been dumbed down. My friend noticed that the clientele is quite different in Anaheim, with a much larger representation of non-Chinese Muslim patrons, which could explain a difference in how the food is presented.
Tung Lai Shun was my favorite restaurant! I starting going there when they were located on Garvey Avenue, San Gabriel, back in 1992. Then when they moved to the Chinese mall location on Del Mar in 1994. I had not been there in a quite a while. I went there two weeks ago with a friend visiting from Taiwan, and my wife (also originally from Taiwan), to find it was gone. I was shocked and devastated. THANK YOU so much for revealing their new location in Anaheim!
Just wanted to share my initial impressions of Mas' Islamic. I also heard about it from various people, and Tung Lai Shun used to be one of my favorites in the SGV as well.
I've been to Mas' twice now, and it's... ~Ok at best. :( Their "Dah Bing" (large, fresh-baked Sesame-encrusted Bread) is still awesome, but the dishes we've had so far have been overly salty (as in, EXTREMELY salty) both times we visited, and the quality was so-so. We had their roasted duck, and also their house special chicken (I forgot the name, sorry), and also their garlic fish fillets. All of them were really salty.
I'm willing to give them one more shot, but wanted to pass on my initial impressions so far.