Tao Ban Wu (陶板屋)
Back to our regularly scheduled food blogness, today I bring you Tao Ban Wu (or 陶板屋).
Today’s the mom’s birthday, so birthday dinner occurred at said restaurant. I’m not sure why we picked this place, especially after my first visit to the same restaurant but at a different location ended in an awkward, stressful, and supremely uncomfortable meal, but that is a story for another time.
Luckily this time around, it was a much better experience. Basically they offer a set menu with appetizer, salad, soup, pre-main course (err, not sure what it’s called), main course, dessert, and a drink, all for the price of 499 NT plus 10% service charge per person. There are different choices for each category (except appetizer), so you have some option as to what you’re eating. The food was decent, but as the dad kept saying, nothing special. Although, I guess for the amount of food they give, the price is quite decent, and it’s not like the food is horrible tasting. The steak that I got was cooked perfectly. It wasn’t too hard or too dry, quite juicy and yummy, actually.
The service was good as well. Although they clear away your plates really fast as you finish each dish, they were very polite and efficient about it. Also, between the pre-main course and main course, there was a slight waiting time, but nothing too extreme. We were just talking about random stuff and the waitress came up and apologized for the delay in the serving of the next dish. We were all wondering if we looked impatient or what because we certainly didn’t feel like the delay was that long. Then she came again a few minutes later and offered us a small complimentary cocktail as apology for the delay. Again, we were so confused. But hey, no reason to turn down a free drink, even if it did taste like cough syrup.
Anyway, it’s not a bad place. It’s actually very popular. When I went to make reservations for tonight, the original time I wanted was already full. I assume that if you don’t make a reservation, especially during the weekends, getting a table may be difficult. Now, on to the pictures~