I have never felt compelled to write a restaurant review till now.
This restaurant is relatively new, having either been remodelled from an existing restaurant with another name or taken over a tenant space from someone else. Anyways, the decor is actually quite nice and bigger inside than it really looks from the outside.
It is actually a Taiwanese restaurant as my dinner companion pointed out. The restaurant name is quite, well, silly, but I think the Chinese restaurant name says something totally different, as with most Chinese restaurants.
Anyways, onto the choices. We had the deep fried tofu appetizer and I had the beef tendon in tomato soup noodle, and my companion had some other basic noodle in soup with the spicy deep fried chicken pieces on the side.
From what I have been told the spicy deep fried chicken pieces is a Taiwanese specialty. The deep fried tofu is supposed to be one too, but many other cuisines offer this too.
The chicken itself was pretty good, and up to standards, for Taiwanese spicy fried chicken. The deep fried tofu, well, was a disaster. It was not cripsy hot and cruchy on the outside with a hot steamy soft tofu on the inside, as it is supposed to be. There was no coating on the tofu itself and the pieces were way too big. They were not even piping hot, as they should be. The sauce was just too raw garlicy, but my companion told me that it can actually be served that way traditionally. The raw garlic in the sweet soy sauce mixture was just too overpowering. I think I burped up raw garlic taste later that evening. yech.
Onto the beef tendon slices. Way too thick and too much hard chewy fat/carilage, much like a jellied beef log that was cut too thick. Again, my companion, an expert in Taiwanese food, agreed that the slices were too thick and too chewy.
Oh, and before we got our dishes, the gave us someone elses order, twice. Once is an honest mistake, but twice???? Come on.
All told, an appetizer and two soup noodle dishes, with taxes, came in under $20, so good value for the meal, but the meal itself was something else left to be desired.
They have numerous choices on the menu, so it "might" warrant another visit, but definetly not those choices anymore.