A new taiwanese restaurant opened at the Marina Plaza near work a few months ago. About 8 of us decided to go try it out just to expand our options for dining spots. It is not the most glamourous looking place, especially from the outside but the interior was nice, clean and spacious.
Menu is very short and simple with 4 pages but just enough variety.
Note: There is a not a lot of vegetarian or vegan options, FYI I only started nothing this coz HK is vegan and lunches out means we gotta make sure there is something in the menu she could eat. ^_^
Shredded Bean Curd w Vegetable $4.25
Served cold, this dish was a very light and refreshing dish that is great to start with. The bean curd look and felt like eating noodles but it was a tad spongier. Very lightly seasoned and as plain as it looks, it was delicious.
Cucumbers Salad $3.75
Another great cold starter! The cucumbers were almost pickled, with a nice crunch – salty and a tad tangy.
Boiled Veggies $5.45
2 orders Green Onion Pancake @ $3.45 each
I was a tad disappointed with the pancake – it was crispy but very oily and dry (yes, it is possible).
Beef Wrap $6.75
The beef wrap was a tad better than just regular pancake because eventhough it is the same wrap, the beef and hoisin sauce made it better and not so dry. The beef were thinly sliced tender meat that was tender and salty.
Pork/Shrimp Dumpling $6.75
Pretty good price for 12 pieces! Pretty decent dumpling eventhough the skin is a little thick. The minced pork filling was pretty good – the shrimp was so blended it that you can’t identify it but it definitely had shrimp from the taste of it. I have never been a huge fan of dumplings like these because of the thick gummy skin so I was not crazy about them but everyone else enjoyed them especially with the vinegar dip.
Taiwanese Pork Bun $4.25
The bun was very good! Soft, sweet and fluffy but the meat filling was disappointing. The filling was thin slices of cold pork that I didn’t care much for. I tasted mostly cilantro and hoisin.
Beef Stew over Dry Noodle $6.95
The beef was really good! Tender chunks of brisket with melt in your mouth fat – packful of flavour, primarily herbs (star anise, hint of cinnamon) and soy sauce. The noodles are made in house and very good! I opted for the thin noodles that were cooked to a nice al dente and managed to absorb the sauce from the brisket pretty well.
Other stuff everyone else ordered that I didn’t try:
Beef Noodle Soup $6.95 – I have to try the noodle soup next time! The broth looked really rich and the aroma was killing me.
Beef Tripe Noodle Soup $6.95
House Special Scallion Dry Noodle $5.75
Ox Tail Stew over Rice $8.25
Beef Stew over Rice $6.45
Fried Fish Fillet with Rice $6.45
Fried Pork chop with Rice $6.45
Total Damage: $108 (including tax & tip)
Personal Rating: 3 out of 5 (good)
I have to say, this place is pretty promising. And the best part is that it is only a 5 minute drive away from work. The service is really good and we were not easy to deal with considering the size and we had a vegan and couple picky eaters in the bunch. Portions were great especially for the price. Definitely a good lunch spot!
TW Village Bistro
2946 S Norfolk Street
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 341 1899