eat at taipei 吃在台北
Eat at taipei offers a variety of classic Taiwanese snacks and dishes such as Vermicelli with Oysters & Pig’s Intestines (大肠蚵仔面线), Tainan “Coffin” Toast (官財板), Braised Pork Belly Rice (控肉饭) and Taiwanese Spicy Braised Beef Noodles (红烧牛肉面). Its menu also includes desserts such as Taiwan's signature Pearl Milk Tea & Bubble Tea (珍珠奶茶/泡泡茶) and flavoured Shaved Ice (冰品).
However after waiting for another 20 minutes, our order of food did not arrive at all. I immediately felt something was amiss as I noticed that my table was the only table waiting for food. Hence, I decided to call out to the male waiter at the cashier, but he was too busy using his handphone to attend to me. I decided to make my way into the kitchen to check if my order was being prepared. I spoke to the female bartender who was at the bar and informed her that if my food wasn't being prepared and totally forgotten, I would only pay for the drinks and leave. The female bartender upon checking the kitchen confirmed my suspicion and told me that no food was being prepared.
My brother and I decided to pay for our drinks and leave. To make matters worse, there was no apology from the male waiter. The service was utterly awful. I truly hope no other customers would ever experience what my brother and I had to go through today.
I haven't been to Taiwan before and thus, I don't know how authentic Taiwanese food is supposed to taste like. I tried the food here and it didn't "wow" me or anything. It felt really normal and average. I have heard how delicious the food at Taiwan is... especially the lu rou fan (braised pork rice) and so I guess it isn't authentic here since it was nothing close to delicious. I won't be coming back here again and if this is what authentic Taiwanese food tastes like, then I don't want to go to Taiwan anymore :P
It got my favourite "lu ruo fan" braised minced pork rice. Since there was nothing much to shop so I thought I would spend my time eating. I ordered the set and waited. It was a weekday afternoon and the shop was not too crowded so I thought I would get my food very fast because when I ordered the same dish from a food court in VivoCity, I got my food almost immediately because they just needed to fill a bowl with rice and then add some braised minced pork over the rice and add an egg and some sauce and it was ready for serving.
In this shop, I had to wait longer may be because the waitresses were more busy chit chatting with each other than checking whether my food was ready. The food itself tasted about the same as that I had in food court but this cost more. I liked this dish and could not care less whether this was the real Taiwanese taste.
The menu does consist of many dishes unique to Taiwan; however, the price is simply ridiculous. A single dish can cost up to $8 (what, did they specially have the food ready-made and flown in or something?). If the food actually had a truly authentic Taiwanese taste then perhaps I would not mind the price so much, but sadly, that was not the case. Unless they start lowering the prices or get a clue about what real Taiwanese food tastes like, a trip there is merely a waste of time and money.
P.S: The only thing I liked was the bubble tea. Though slightly more expensive than the usual ones, they are really flavourful and do not taste articifial. The types of bubble tea there are also different from the ones you can get from Gong Cha etc.
When we visited Eat at Taipei, we were mildly disappointed to find that it was merely a repeat of what you can get at Shilin, albeit a tad better. There is so much more to Taiwanese cuisine than just oyster mee sua or crispy chicken. With that being said, the quality is there, but it is definitely not comparable to what you can find in Taipei or Tainan.
I cannot say the same for everyone, but I kinda expected a bit more...
Since we have already waited for 30 minutes, we deiced to make do and order other things. I ordered their chicken cutlet set rice. The portion of the chicken was rather huge and seasoned with some spices. It was not bad. It came with some bean curd and vegetables as a side as well. We also ordered a coffin toast bread. Having tried that in Taiwan before, I loved it. So i decided to order one here to try. Though its a far cry from the authentic one in Taiwan, this coffin toast bread had a special taste to it and it wasn't so bad, though too creamy in my opinion.
Lastly, their bubble tea is nowhere near the standards of that in Taiwan. In fact, sweettalk's milk tea tastes better.
Overall, I thought that the food was not too bad but it is a little pricey and overhyped.
I love the food they offer though. Very interesting things like coffin bread. However, the prices are steep, more expensive than Xin Wang Restaurant by a thin margin. The saving grace of the restaurant was that the food was good and value for money. My friend and I were situated directly in front of the ice rink so we could watch people ice skate while we wait for our food. The wait was really long at that time.