Went to Mulan twice this summer and the food is good! I am Taiwanese-American and really enjoyed their Taiwanese fried rice stick noodle and the Mulan house special fish (spicy, terrific sauce!). I intend to return and try their handmade dumplings and sticky rice dishes.
Why order from the American-style side of the menu when you can get Taiwanese specialties that no other restaurant in the area will make for you???!! Bring an appetite, an open mind, and an empty stomach.
The decor is amateur but a BIG improvement from the previous asian restaurants that inhabited the same space (e.g. no TV in ceiling corner, no buffet bar on wheels). A 5 minute walk from the Kendall Sq cinema, 15 min from Kendall or Central Sq T, or park in the neighborhood with a Cambridge resident sticker or hope for one of the 3 spots in front of the restaurant.
Pros: quiet, relaxed, polite staff, authentic food
Cons: amateur decor