As I always say, there’s nothing like a hidden gem of a BYOB establishment. My friend Andi, who has an expert knowledge of these, recommended Lan’s in Old Town to celebrate our friend Kristina’s birthday. According to Andi the Expert, the place had solid food, rowdy karaoke late night, and low pricing. Of course, we were sold.
I was the first one to arrive, and was surprised (though not unpleasantly) that it was a very small place… Kind of sized like a rather large living room. I was instantly eager to partake in dining in the cozy and intimate setting. There were no other patrons yet, so I settled myself in our table for eight, located smack dab in the middle of the restaurant, and facing their TV and karaoke stage. My friends soon arrived, but soon it was clear we were in for a non-Karaoke night as everyone kept their BYOBs to minimum.
But we were all able to sample some crab rangoon, various dumplings, shrimp, beef, and pork dishes family style. If there is such a thing as “Comfort Chinese Food” I would say Lan’s cuisine is it. Everything I sampled radiated warmth, with uncomplicated flavors. It was typical Chinese food, but I didn’t feel heavy or full to the point of sickness at all. That is hard to do with this type of fare.
I am anxious to go back to Lan’s on a Friday or Saturday night, or any time my cohorts are in a more festive mood. I would love to sample the Kara0ke scene, as well as go back for more of their cuisine (did I mention this place is ridiculously well priced? when we got our bill, I was floored.) For what it is, I highly recommend at 3.5 out of 5 spoons.