Franchisee Harry Huang, a native of Beijing who has lived in the United States for 30 years, soft opened the first U.S. outpost in mid-June. Huang said he hopes to offer local diners "authentic food from Beijing."
The first Dong Lai Shun opened in 1903, Huang said. The Chinese-Muslim restaurant is known for its mutton hot pot — thin slices of lamb, served raw and then cooked by diners in a boiling pot of soup at their table.
Images of the Mountain View restaurant’s menu posted on Yelp show items like Mapo tofu, braised beef, stir-fried lamb and a wagyu beef pancake. The menu is divided into several sections: soup; "small eat;" poultry; meat; seafood; tofu and vegetables; and rice and pancakes.
Huang said the restaurant is still in the soft-opening phase and is gearing up for a grand opening in about two weeks.
Dong Lai Shun is located 545 San Antonio Road, Suite #32. It joins several other restaurants at the shopping center: Paul Martin's American Grill, Pacific Catch, The Counter, Cocina Central, Sajj and Veggie Grill.